Ghost Kitchen

Articles about Ghost Kitchens or Dark Kitchens

  1. Department: Food
  Food marketing executives are loving the virtual kitchen, virtual restaurant, and delivery space.  Today there seems to be no end to the ability of food marketers extend a brand, concept or partnership according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Nextbite,is a virtual restaurant.  They are rolling out its first […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Bloomberg reports that fast grocery delivery company Jokr “will roll out a media platform to sell targeted advertising, in a bid to boost sales and get closer to profitability at a time when food delivery companies are under pressure from investors to stem losses … The New York-based company will use its trove of customer […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Food & Wine has a story about how delivery service DoorDash, which is operating a ghost kitchen facility in Brooklyn, New York, has expanded the concept to include seating for people who want to eat on the premises. According to the story, “The company stresses that this new food hall is still very much delivery-centric […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
DoorDash has opened another ghost kitchen in New York City. The company’s first ghost kitchen opened two years ago in Redwood City, Calif. The project is being done in cooperation with Nimbus, a New York City-based shared kitchen. The ghost kitchen will be producing food from DOMODOMO sushi restaurant, Kings Co Imperial, Pies ‘n’ Thighs, […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Growing a brand requires vision, focus, strategy and solid tactics daily according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Entrepreneurs and would be restaurateurs that want to test a brand, a product or a concept are doing so utilizing virtual restaurants, virtual kitchens, as a platform for testing. Back in […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Many grocery delivery startups begin small, in one city, building up locations to cater to a certain neighborhood. Food Rocket has taken an unconventional route, striking a funding deal with Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. that puts its 15-minute grocery delivery service in more than 14,000 Circle K convenience stores and Couche-Tard locations. We first met the […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Late-night burgers and fries are on the menu through a partnership between BurgerFi and Gopuff. It is the first partnership between Gopuff, the quick delivery grocery service, and a restaurant. In Tallahassee, Fla, customers can order burgers, fries and other items between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. The orders are processed at […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
National restaurant chains continue to expand virtual brands. Cracker Barrel is the latest. The company relaunched a virtual brand called Chicken n’ Biscuits. The brand offers chicken, mac and cheese and biscuits at 400 locations. Delivery is done through DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grub Hub “For years, the debate around ‘the best chicken sandwich’ has […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Deliveroo has been dealt a blow in its dark kitchen expansion plan, after councillors rejected permission for a new site in North London. The rapid delivery company applied for permanent… The post Deliveroo dark kitchen expansion plan rejected by Camden Council appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe – Charged.
  1. Channel: Delivery
A recent analysis by found that DoorDash has started to dominate the third-party food delivery market. The organization found that DoorDash controls 53% of the third-party delivery market. That is up from 16% in 2018. The other two major third-party delivery companies — Uber Eats and Grubhub — control 26% and 12% respectively. While the […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Fast-casual restaurant QDOBA has started a ghost kitchen pilot project with REEF. The projects take place in Seattle, Austin and Atlanta and could include up to 25 locations in each city. Many national chains are testing expansion through ghost kitchens including Wendy’s and Cracker Barrel. The ghost kitchen model is seen as a way to […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Saladworks has partnered with ghost kitchen company Combo Kitchen and is opening 20 new locations through ghost kitchens. They are scheduled to open on March 25 across Central Florida.  “We are excited to expand our brand into Central Florida through our partnership with Combo Kitchen,” said Brian Farris, Chief Development Officer of WOWorks, the parent company of Saladworks. […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Kroger, in conjunction with Kitchen United, has opened another ghost kitchen in Houston. It is the second collaboration between the two companies. “Our customers know they can count on Kroger as a destination for the freshest meal solutions,” said Dan De La Rosa,  group vice president of fresh merchandising at Kroger. “The Kitchen United collaboration […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  If you are running a legacy chain restaurant today you need to ask yourself, how can I add customer relevance to a brand that has been around longer than most Millennials have been alive. According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® virtual restaurants just might be the next big […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
CultureMap Houston reports that Kroger has opened a new ghost kitchen with partner Kitchen United MIX – this one in one of its Houston stores. According to the story, “Available for both pickup, to-go, and delivery via third party apps, Kitchen United MIX offers food from more than 10 restaurant brands such as Fuddruckers, The […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Apex Order Pickup Solutions and ghost kitchen company Kitchen United have expanded a partnership and are now offering self-serve, automated food lockers at two additional locations. They are in Garden City, N.Y. and Torrance, Calif.  Through the arrangement, customers order from Kitchen United’s app, website or kiosks and select the time they want to pick up their […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Ghost kitchen company Kitchen United has acquired software and ghost kitchen developer Zuul. The agreement marks Kitchen United’s first acquisition and strengthens the company’s position in the restaurant delivery industry. Terms were not disclosed. “As one of the first ghost kitchens in the New York City market, Zuul has laid a foundation that will further enable […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Kroger has opened its first ghost kitchen at a Ralphs in Los Angeles. The company expects to expand the project to Texas in the near future. The company is working with Kitchen United to open the ghost kitchens. “When our customers think of food, they think of Kroger,” said Dan De La Rosa, group vice […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Kroger-owned Ralphs announced on Friday the opening of a new kitchen center, offering foodservice menus from a variety of formats, inside its Westwood store in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles location is the first collaboration between Kroger and Kitchen United, which describes itself as “the future of takeout & delivery,” and the nation’s first “Multi-Restaurant […]
  1. International
Deliveroo has announced the latest expansion of its Editions ‘dark’ kitchens service, as it opens new sites across London. The new ‘dark’ kitchens in Acton, Brent Cross and Dulwich will… The post Deliveroo expands ‘dark’ kitchens across London appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe – Charged.
  1. Media & Marketing
TikTok Kitchens, a joint venture with Virtual Dining Concepts (VDC), will rely initially on a network of about 300 kitchens to deliver meals inspired by trendy recipes made popular on the social platform. The companies hope to be up and running in 1000 locations by the end of next year, making use of both traditional […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Online retailing is now close to 30 years old.  It has seen an almost relentless growth over much of this period, accelerated by events such as Black Friday and Christmas, and more recently super-charged by the pandemic and lockdown.  The graph of the increasing penetration of online sales in the UK has become well known. […]
  1. Department: Food
  There are times we must remind followers of this log that this blog focus is on our specialty: GROCERANT Food & Beverages.  Grocerantniche food and beverage meal component options are a result of the blurring of the line between restaurants, grocery stores, C-stores, Dollar Stores, and Furniture stores (Ikea) aimed at the time-starved consumer […]
  1. Department & Category
Wonder, the upscale, made-to-order food truck business that is majority-owned by serial digital entrepreneur Marc Lore, is “planning a massive expansion, with hundreds of millions of dollars from investors, to go from 60 trucks today to more than 1,000 by the end of 2022,” the Washington Post reports. Lore, of course, is known as the person […]
  1. Department & Category
Crain’s Chicago Business reports that “REEF Technology, which operates delivery restaurants and parking real estate and is backed by venture-capital firm SoftBank, is acquiring Chicago-based 2ndKitchen. Terms of the deal were not disclosed … 2ndKitchen delivers food from nearby restaurants to kitchenless businesses like bars, breweries and hotels. Using a physical kiosk and QR codes, patrons […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Entrepreneur Marc Lore announces he is CEO of food tech company Wonder Group, which includes Wonder, an on-demand food truck business, and Envoy, a meal courier platform. Next year, Lore and his partner Scott Hilton plan to bring Wonder and Envoy to Westchester County, New York; parts of Connecticut; northern and central New Jersey; and […]
  1. RetailWit QuickWit
Kantar: Grocery sales down 1.9% in previous 12 weeks. From August – October, grocery sales were down according to Kantar. However, sales are still 7.3% higher than in 2019. Kantar is still optimistic for Christmas, as they’ve seen holiday products move early and well. New consumer baselines are becoming established, with the online sales stabilizing […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Restaurant for years have expanded their brands into the frozen food court much to the delight of consumers looking for comfort food or the craveable branded menu items they get at their restaurants according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Cinnabon has expanded it brans presents in more non-traditional […]

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Instant grocery startups sprang up and grew like weeds during COVID-19, fueled by consumers opting to practice social distancing and ready to order their food and sundries at the tap of an app, and VCs seeing an gap in the delivery market that had yet to be definitively filled. Now, perhaps inevitably, comes the consolidation.
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A consumer confidence monitor that has been running since 1974 recorded its lowest-ever score this month. The well-established GfK index was down to -40 for May, meaning consumers are less confident now than at any time for nearly half a century. Joe Staton, client strategy director at GfK, said: “This comes as UK unemployment hits […]
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Giving credit where credit is due.  The grocerant niche filled with Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits in every channel of retail foodservice.  According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® the recent insights by the NPD group show just have important the […]