Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] Jan 23 (ANI/PRNewswire): In one of the rare cloud kitchen deals in India, leading acceleratorgrowth investment firms Ghost Kitchens led by Karan Tanna bought a majority stake in cloud kitchen companies QSR Brands India and Eathos Group, for an undisclosed sum. QSR is valued at USD 5.5 million, while Eathos Group is valued at USD 2.2 million.
QSR Brands India Pvt Ltd led by Manoj Kudtarkar has popular brands like New York WafflesDinges, Hakka Makka, Starboy PizzaShakes, Jenny's Homemade Brownies amongst a portfolio of 15 brands and 120 plus point of sales with presence in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, DelhiKolkata. With the new investments, the company plans to launch 150 points of sales by the end of 2020.
Eathos Group is a Chef-driven cloud kitchen company owned by Sabbir Ansari. Eathos has a total of six Chef led brands like Biryani Hazir Ho, Madrasam, Maa ki Khichdi, Bolo Tara Rara and more under its portfolio with 20 plus points of sales in MumbaiLucknow. The company is planning to launch 100 plus point of sales in 2020expand its operations to other cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and penetrate Mumbai by opening new kitchens.
Ghost Kitchens will provide capital, infrastructure, backend, marketing, supply chainwarehousing mentorship to the two companies. GK also plans to scale them up across multiple geographies over the next few months.
"The unit economics of cloud kitchen businesses can only be sustainable if the overhead expenses are drastically cut down. We are creating an infrastructure that can support multiple companies to scale quickly without reinventing the wheel", said Karan Tanna, CEOCo-founder of Ghost Kitchens.
"We have scaled up to over 120 internet restaurants in the last few months and have realised the challenges around unit-level economics and scalability in the cloud kitchen business. Partnering with Ghost Kitchens is a very strategic decision for us as that will not only bring growth capital to double our point of sales but will also bring in a lot of synergies to exploit the economy of scale and cut down our costs at the unit and corporate level. Their experience to scale across geographies will help us reach our goals faster and in sustainable model", said Manoj Kudtarkar, Founder of QSR Brands India Pvt Ltd.
"Karan is mentoring me for the last few years. Ghost Kitchens understanding of 'Real India' in the context of the food business is very hands-on and that will help us grow in a financially tight model. We want to keep capital per unit as low as possible and minimise overhead expenses at the corporate level. Our partnership with Ghost Kitchens will help us focus on operations as we can leverage their strengths to bring the right strategy and capital", added Sabbir Ansari, Owner, and CEO of Eathos Group.
Cloud kitchens are delivery-only restaurant models without any dine-in facility or walk-in customers. They rely heavily on self-delivery or through various delivery aggregators.
Ghost Kitchens, founded in June last year and largely self-funded by food services business entrepreneur Karan Tanna, is an investment and incubation company for start-ups in the cloud kitchen segment.
Ghost Kitchens plans to have a portfolio of at least 20 partner delivery oriented companieshave a presence spread across 12 cities and run about 300 internet restaurants by the end of 2020.
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