Founders: Peter Butler and James Terry, 2020
Business: Finish-at-home meal kit platform for top class restaurant food.
Dishpatch’s meal kits are known as finish-at-home kits. Top class restaurant food is delivered to the customer’s door, with clear instructions on heating, finishing, and presenting.
Unlike other food delivery services or DIY meal kits, Dishpatch’s customers are not handed a box of lukewarm dishes or the ingredients to prep for hours.
Instead, each individual restaurant carries out all of the food preparation before handing it over to Dishpatch’s fulfilment team. In turn, they pack the boxes and deliver these meal-kits to customers across the UK every Friday.
It partners only with the leading independent, and chef-led eateries. It works with each partner restaurant to curate exclusive finish-at-home meal kits based on the establishment’s menus and food styles.
Dishpatch was originally founded during lockdown to help restaurants gain an extra revenue stream as well as allow customers to eat high-quality food at home.
They recently secured £10 million worth of seed funding to help continue its expansion with a bigger team and more restaurant partners.
The startup is on a mission to democratise access to great food; to give food lovers, wherever they may be in the country, the chance to eat a feast from a top-rated London restaurant and to provide restaurants with a scalable source of revenue.
Customers can choose from a variety of curated dishes and menus, from the likes of Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano and favourite Ottolenghi, as well as from neighbourhood treasures, Roti King, and Gunpowder.
Each meal kit can be made for two or designed for larger groups of people curating to those who plan for dinner parties or family gatherings. Menus are fully prepared for customers to finish and reheat at home.
Dishpatch has signed up 25 restaurants and the service has a waiting list of eateries looking to partner with its platform. Over 60% of its customer base reside outside of the M25 and Dishpatch meal kits are delivered to customers over 50 miles.
In just over a year since its launch, Dishpatch has delivered more than 75,000 meals, achieving millions of pounds’ worth of revenue for restaurants that were forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 95% of the restaurants on the platform had never delivered food before and had no infrastructure to meet the demand seen during the lockdown.
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