This article showcases our top picks for the best UK based Food Delivery companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Food Delivery industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top UK Food Delivery Companies
Deliveroo owns and operates an online food delivery platform in the United Kingdom. Its platform allows users to order food from local restaurants.
Gregory Orlowski and William Shu founded Deliveroo in 2012. It has its headquarters in London in the United Kingdom..
Headquartered in London, the UK, HungryPanda is a specialist food delivery platform to providing authentic Chinese food and groceries to Chinese compatriots and students abroad since its establishment in 2016. With its business footprint in more than 60 major cities across the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada and so on, HungryPanda is the global leader in delivering Chinese food and groceries with the extensive market coverage, highest user traffic as well as annual transaction volumes.
The success is built upon a large vertical with specialized needs and underpinned by its industry leading operational efficiency and proprietary technology . For HungryPanda, customers are always at the centre of its business and the company is committed to offer one-stop-shop solutions for overseas Chinese.
The interface design of HungryPanda APP is highly in line with end users’ preferences and it has built an efficient distribution system in order to create an advanced food and retail ecosystem. Our Vision： HungryPanda’s vision is to become the global market leading platform that enables overseas Chinese business in the food industry and connects oriental food to all consumers who enjoy it.
Our Mission: • Connecting merchants to consumers via our state-of-the-art online platform and industry leading delivery service; • Consolidating the end-to-end value chain of the overseas Chinese food industry to leverage efficiency and scale; • Creating business opportunities via our far reaching business network and digital solution. .
Gousto provides you with all the ingredients in the right proportions to cook delicious meals at home. The produce is organic, fresh, and seasonal.
Gousto’s recipes are developed by a team of passionate chefs and tested by all their friends and families first (very picky people). You get to choose the recipes online and every week the selection is updated to make sure there’re plenty of new recipes for you.
The recipes are delivered right to your doorstep once a week so you decide when to cook. Whenever you’re on holiday or just don’t have time, simply place the subscription on hold – it’s easy.
Gousto was started in 2011 by two friends who share a passion for food and cooking. In their previous lives, Timo and James loved cooking but didn’t have much time to go to various grocery shops.
They found it difficult to cook recipes from online databases or follow cook-along TV shows. Ready-meals from supermarkets do the job but the quality isn’t great, they have lots of additives, and they get boring very easily.
One day, James and Timo decided that there must be some way to make life easier and the idea for Gousto was born. The first recipes were offered at market stalls and from there the concept has grown into what you see today.
JUST EAT’s vision is ‘Order takeaway the smart way’, a promise to consumers and restaurants alike. To consumers Just-Eat provide convenient and easy access to a huge variety of delivery restaurants and order food online, and to restaurants they help improve their business by increasing their exposure and providing new revenue streams.
Today Just-Eat is the world’s leader in online takeaway ordering. As of early 2012 Just-Eat has activities on four continents and more than 38 000 restaurants on their network, with more than 12 000 in the UK alone.
The roots of Just-Eat originate in Denmark where the company launched in 2001 by Founder http://www.crunchbase.com/person/jesper-buch. After some initial years of boot strapped growth the company slowly started to internationalise, beginning with the UK launch in 2006.
The internationalisation of the company gained momentum in 2009 when Just-Eat had their series A investment round and received £10.5 million from Index Ventures. Whilst headquartered in London, UK, Just-Eat operate with significant local teams in all their market countries and consider the energy and quality of Just-Eat’s local activities critical to success.
In March 2011 a second round of investment saw two leading US venture capitalists, Greylock Partners and Redpoint Ventures, invest £30million. Greylock Partners have previously invested in Facebook, LinkedIn and Wonga.
Just-Eat’s parent company is Just-Eat Holdings Limited.. .
AllPlants operates as UK’s vegan meal delivery service. All their packaging is 100% recyclable, partly compostable, and mostly reusable.
They’re creating delicious dinners to inspire more plant-based living, so people + planet thrive together. To start that journey, They’re delivering their hand-prepared meals to doorsteps UK-wide..
Farmdrop is the online ethical supermarket delivering locally procuded, organic groceries and ethical home essentials directly to your door. It brings tastier, healthier and more convenient food, all while supporting a more sustainable food system for everyone.
By cutting out the middleman, Farmdrop pays a fairer price to producers, while customers get access to food which is up to five times fresher than what is sold by conventional supermarkets. Because your shop shouldn’t cost the Earth..
Tesco is one of the world’s largest retailers with operations in 14 countries, employing over 530,000 people and serving millions of customers every week. Tesco’s Core Purpose is: they make what matters better, together.
It is true to where they came from but more relevant to today and to the kind of company they want to be.. .
Mindful Chef delivers all the fresh ingredients you need to create delicious, heathy meals. Mindful Chef is a health-focused recipe box service.
The company is backed by Sir Andy Murray and have delivered over 1 million meals across the UK. Healthy food starts with the highest quality ingredients – Mindful Chef uses 100% grass-fed heritage beef, free range chicken, and UK landed wild fish..
Weezy is an online supermarket platform designed for on-demand grocery shopping. The application enables users to discover their favourite groceries, snacks, drinks, home essentials and OTC pharmaceuticals in one tap away.
Users can easily browse the aisles from their home or office. The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in London, England..
Taster is a progressive and entrepreneurial takeaway and delivery-only food brand. Taster takes takeaway food up a notch by engaging with local communities focusing on quality and taste.
Taster brings together talented chefs and fresh ingredients to deliver uncompromising fast, wholesome, and delicious food to wherever you are.. .
Pasta Evangelists delivers fresh pasta recipe boxes across the U.K.
Pasta Evangelists delivers fresh pasta recipe boxes across the U.K. We invite Brits to prepare restaurant-quality pasta in minutes, bringing the authentic tastes of Italy to homes across the country.
Founded in 2017, Pasta Evangelists is backed by some of the biggest names in British food, including Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith CBE, Times critic Giles Coren and Telegraph critic William Sitwell. In August 2018, Pasta Evangelists appeared on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, watched by 3 million people across the UK.
We subsequently raised a £1.7M Series A round led by an institutional investor. In November 2018, we launched our first Pasta Evangelists retail concession in Harrods, the world’s most famous department store.
In December 2019, we expanded our concessions business in partnership with Marks & Spencer, launching our second retail concession in its Hedge End renewal store. In February 2020, we closed a £3.5M Series B round to continue developing our “omnichannel” approach across e-commerce, Ocado, M&S, Harrods and Deliveroo..
Feedr is an online platform with a carefully curated selection of over 100 caterers, popups and restaurants from across London who produce high quality, nutritious and delicious food perfect for breakfasts, meetings, lunches and events. Feedr make it simple to place group food orders online and customise them to the needs of your workplace or event.
Feedr also have an account management team that can help with more bespoke requests and events.. .
City Pantry is an online marketplace where users can discover interesting food for next event. City Pantry is on a mission to rid the world of egg mayonnaise triangles, stale sandwiches and vol-au-vents by disrupting the (slightly boring) world of traditional corporate catering.
Working with the best independent chefs, street vendors, specialist caterers, restaurants, and supper clubs in London, City Pantry makes it easy to cater office lunches, meetings, and events.. .
Our vision is to lead the transition to a fair, transparent and sustainable food supply chain, meeting the demands of the cities of tomorrow. The current food supply chain is broken, opaque and was designed in a pre-internet world.
We are building a streamlined and automated food supply chain to support forward-looking food businesses. We provide an automated, sustainable and customer-centric food supply and delivery service..
field&flower specialise in the supply of superior four-week hung, grass fed beef, free range outdoor bred pork, organic chicken, free range lamb and seasonal game. All delivered from farm to door.
In 2010 James Mansfield and James Flower, after meeting at the Royal Agricultural College, created field&flower, bringing together their experience of farming and food.. .
Pronto, we care deeply about the meals we deliver to you. We want them to be very good; for you, the community and the environment.
All our healthy meals are freshly cooked from scratch, just like at home – they won’t see the inside of a freezer.. .
EarlyBird is a postal snacking service that delivers healthy snacks to its users’ doorstep. It provides its users with TasteBox, 5 healthy snacks and 2 unique teas, to help them through the working week.
Its TasteBox also contains music and art from up and coming artists. EarlyBird was launched in 2014 and is based in London, England..
Spring Chicken is a group of like-minded people, based in Oxford, building a company that will make getting older better for everybody. Life expectancy has increased by 10 years in the last 60 and we think it is their job to help everybody make the most of this amazing gift of ten more years.
They scour the world for the newest products, the latest research and the most up-to-date thinking and deliver them through our website to anybody who needs them. Their customers are mostly older people who need products or advice, but they also help the many people who care for an older person.
We are fanatical about finding well-designed products that look good and work well.. .
Good Sixty is a unique marketplace for high quality independent food retailers and producers. Good Sixty is creating an important showcase for the best food and drink available in your region.They help customers discover and shop from hidden gems, micro producers, world renowned specialists and the best high street independent retailers near where you live, or where you choose to visit.Good Sixty connects people, and champions the best of the best in the food industry, enabling people to shop more conveniently, ethically and sustainably while protecting and enhancing local communities.
Offering amazing customer service for both retailers and customers, Good Sixty is the perfect platform for those passionate about food.. .
Heck Food is a British company that produces and markets sausages. It offers smoked and seasoned pork, chicken, plump pork and apple, and other varieties of sausages.
The company also serves customers through supermarkets and other retailer stores in the United Kingdom. Heck Food also sells its sausages through mail order.
The company was founded in 2004 and is based in North Yorkshire, England.. .
Whey Box is a food and beverage company that specializes in providing protein powder. The company offers a single-serving sachets of whey and vegan protein available online via subscription or as a one-off and individually in major retailers.
Whey Box was founded in 2016 and headquartered in Kingston upon Hull, City of, United Kingdom.. .
Abokado owns and operates a chain of food bars and restaurants in the United Kingdom. It offers sushi, wraps, breakfast, juices and smoothies, drinks, cakes, fruits, salads, soups and stir fries, and Asian food.
Abokado also supplies lunch to various companies. Mark Lilley and his wife Lindsey founded it in 2004, with its headquarters in London in the the United Kingdom..
Lucy’s Dressings is an online marketplace that provides dressings and dressing recipes. The online shop comprises of condiment gift sets and collections and a wide range of dressings.
The distributors of the company are Hider Foods, Shire Foods, The Cress Company, Thomas Ridley, and Diverse Fine Food. The company also participates in food festivals such as ALDEBURGH FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL, SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS fair, and Specialty and Fine Food Fair.
Lucy’s Dressings is a U.K.-based company that was founded in 2011 by Lucy Mackenzie.. .
Delicious Indian food doesn’t have to be loaded with fat, sugar and thousands of calories. SpiceBox is giving the Indian takeaway an update.
Drawing from ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, they pack their curries with super spices that nourish your body and soul. They’ve swapped animal fats, sugar and general nastiness for vegetables, pulses and plant-based goodness – meaning that all their Spice Boxes are less than half the calories of your standard takeout, whilst tasting just as good.
Lean Lunch is an online food delivery business that aims to improve wellbeing for people and the planet. It delivers delicious, nutritious, chef-prepared, sustainably-packaged food to city centre offices by cargo bike.
With 40,000+ meals sold since launch in 2017, it is ready to scale with your investment.. .
Ubringg the first CrowdDelivery Platform that is making On Demand Delivery Scalable! Ubringg has a Social Mission, anyone can provide the Service, thus your neighbors, students, part timers, retired or anyone that wants to earn some extra money can be a Bringer. There is an increasing trend for on demand work and platforms like UBringg make it possible to match demand and supply.
Particularly at UBringg we strive to combine the gig economy with a sharing economy, where the service is provided between individuals, there is no company to provide the service or the payment, there are no registered employees or Bringers, you don’t have to be a registered self-employed person, anyone can use this platform to earn some extra money.. .
Mums Bake Cakes
MumsBakeCakes.co.uk is a new national website bringing together local home bakers with customers from all over the world. Customer chooses UK location where cake is to be hand delivered to, chooses cake, cupcake, muffin, or cookie and all local bakers available to hand deliver will be displayed to the customer.
The customer purchases and pays and awaits hand delivery of home made item. There’s nothing better than to receive a locally baked cake as a gift, hand delivered, knowing it is made with love! Anyone can buy cakes for any occasion whether for business for a launch or exhibition or retirement.
Personally for a baby shower, birthday, novelty, fathers day. Many bakers offer allergy specific cakes- like gluten free and egg free etc..
Satis.ai is a full stack operating system for autonomous restaurant kitchens aimed at improving decision making and reducing mistakes. We are using the opportunity created as a result of food delivery disruption and its two digit growth, to bring real technological innovation in a space which has already optimized most of its processes.
Our initial focus is to address the c.$3.4Bn market of refunded orders in the EU & USA while keeping in mind our long term objective to build automated kitchens to address the c.$4Tn global food service market. We have proven the base technology and now have one running pilot, agreed pilots with two large global food chains and a queue with a couple of smaller ones.
Satis.ai is a member of Nvidia inception programme and Techstars Farm to Fork accelerator, which is run in partnership with the world’s biggest private companies in the industry Ecolabs and Cargill.. .
Ripe London Ltd
“Ripe delivers delicious seasonal fruit, energy-packed snacks and office essentials including dairy and non-dairy milk, direct to your workplace. Founded by the entrepreneurs behind some of London’s most renowned fruiterers, including Panzer’s in St John’s Wood, we are passionate about sourcing the very best produce at the right price, and providing a first-class fruit box delivery service to workplaces across London, ready to be eaten and enjoyed.
Happier, healthier teams are more productive teams, and Ripe is committed to promoting productivity and wellbeing in the workplace via its selection of great-tasting fruit boxes, energy-boosting snacks and office essentials such as milk. Whether you are a small office or a large corporation, a Ripe fruit delivery will fuel a happier, healthier and more productive workplace.
You can place your order online here.”. .
TASTE cocktails helps you make amazing, bar-quality cocktails at home! We sell DIY cocktail kits based on a classic recipe, with modern variations, and all the premium ingredients you need to make 5-6 drinks. We tell you how to make them, tips on technique, and the story and history behind each ingredient and recipe.
Our flagship product is a monthly cocktail kit subscription. We also sell a range of one-off kits, and produce an online magazine.
Through our products and online networks, we help spirits brands market themselves to a receptive, targeted audience. Discover your new favourite cocktail!.
HydroGuard is a new innovative gadget to stop flooding in the future. HydroGuard was founded in 2013 by James Browne, Hannes Floto and Robin Harris.
The idea was hatched by Floto in response to his frustration at the lack of effective and affordable residential solutions on the market, in the UK and abroad. The resulting device uses innovative design and technology to bring an affordable, adjustable and easy to use product which can bring increased peace of mind to all those with homes at risk of flooding in the future..
BoroughBox is the reinventing the supply chain for the independent food & drink sector. By applying powerful technology to traditional offline services, we are creating an ecosystem like no other.
A rapidly growing fulfilment division offers logsitics solutions and enhanced retail & distribution opportunities, while a digital marketplace connects 1000’s of customers to the best independent food & drinks businesses each month.. .
They are PIZZA ROSSA, the award-winning company which sells high quality pizza al taglio – by the square slice – inspired by the street food vendors of Italy. Delicious and authentic, their pizza is freshly made daily.
They mix the dough in small batches using a little known artisan proving process which can last up to 24 hours. The dough is vegan, with lower levels of gluten, yeast and salt than most pizzas, and contains no sugar or preservatives.
Their toppings come from the finest ingredients, all carefully sourced, from buffalo mozzarella to the freshest vegetables quickly chargrilled to seal in all the flavour.. .
Craft Clubs’s unique marketing platform combines memorable in-home brand experiences with bespoke content and credible online engagement, all delivered among their large, targeted and engaged communities of foodies and drinks lovers. From product launches or re-launches to seasonal promotions, they work with both challenger brands and market leaders to create tailored, blended campaigns.
They help their partners gain access to new customers, grow brand awareness, increase purchase intent and attain valuable consumer insights in authentic and measurable ways.. .
Pizza Hut UK
Pizza Hut UK is a franchise of an American restaurant chain known for Italian-American cuisine including pizza and pasta. Our Head Office is based in Borehamwood and is at the heart of our UK operations supporting our restaurants operationally, which is why we call it the Restaurant Support Centre.
It’s here our Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain, IT, HR and other functions come together, working as one team to ensure that our Restaurant Managers have all the systems in place to run a successful restaurant. The first Pizza Hut Restaurant in the UK opened in Islington in the 70’s to a pizza-craving nation, and now over 47 years later we have over 260 restaurants up and down the country serving the same pizza craving nation!.
Double Dutch Drinks
Double Dutch Drinks is raised in the Netherlands so they have a natural affinity with superlative drinks and excellent blendings. After all, they come from the birthplace of gin! But their romance turned to frustration.
While the world’s choice of spirits has continued to grow, mixers and sodas have remained bland … less of a twin, more of a shadow. Double Dutch is the result of their love affair to unite great spirits with complementary mixers that enliven and enhance.
Richard Branson has supported the Double Dutch vision by giving us a Foodpreneur award for their innovative Food and Beverage brand. From the world’s best mixologists through to those who prefer their G&T on the sofa at home, they’ve created revolutionary mixers to intensify enjoyment of spirits, or to be drunk solo.
Double Dutch is much more than double the taste sensation, it’s a whole new world of soft drinks.. .
Domino’s Pizza Group
Domino’s Pizza Group is a pizza delivery company. Its expertise and passion for delivering hot and fresh pizzas has earned numerous awards and the loyalty of millions of pizza lovers around the world.
The Company holds the master franchise to own, operate, and franchise Domino’s Pizza stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland.. .
Deliverd makes it easy for you to order fresh, professional Chef made dishes, delivered to you at work, collection hub or home, in time for your lunch or dinner. Dishes from as little as £4, including free delivery.
We partner with passionate Chefs in your city’s most exciting kitchens to produce a diverse menu that’s on the healthier side of life. All of our Chefs insist on using the best ingredients to bring you super tasty, high quality, nourishing feel-good food.
Ready when you are – our handpicked Chefs prepare the dishes for you, and we deliver them chilled, some can be eaten cold whilst others are best heated. Following our Chefs simple heating and plating instructions, you’re able to create an exciting eating experience in as little as three minutes..
Eight Fifty Food Group
Eight Fifty Food Group is an international multi-protein food group and a processor and supplier of seafood and pork products. Its operations are committed to bringing high-quality, sustainable food to the center of people’s plates for all meal occasions.
It purchase of Young’s Seafood, the UK’s biggest specialist seafood brand, by Karro Food Group, one of the pork processors in the UK. The transaction brought together two highly complementary businesses to create an international multi-protein food Group with a well-diversified longstanding customer base..
EAT. is a retail company producing, making, serving, and creating food products for customers.
The company aims to donate as many of our leftover sandwiches and salads as possible to local charities working with the homeless. EAT was named for best Quick Service Restaurant at the MIDAS awards in January 2018.
It was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in London, UK.. .
Delicatezza.co.uk is an online food destination, delivering fresh, handmade and premium pantry items in the UK. In a unique offering for the UK, they prepare premium quality food on the day of delivery, helping customers feed themselves, their friends and their families.
At launch, delicatezza.co.uk offers a number of award winning products, including hand made Mozzarella, Cannoli & Napoli alongside award winning pantry products such as the 3-star Bonifanti panettone.. .
PrepBox Nutrition offers a meal prep (meal preparation) service that is tailored to suit YOU. Based in London and delivering throughout the UK and Europe.
Nutrition is one of the essential elements for maintaining good health and wellbeing. With their balanced and healthy meal prep service, they can assist you to achieve a healthier version of who you are.
Their mission is to make your life easier and give you the support and structure most of us require in order to achieve your health and fitness goals. They understand how balancing family, life and work, whilst achieving personal goals, can be both frustrating and taxing on their energy and time.
They aim to save you countless hours each week on food shopping, meal prepping & cleaning. • They offer a unique 100% fresh meal prep service – delivered straight to your door.
• All their food can be frozen for up to one month, then defrosted, microwaved and eaten. • FREE UK & Europe wide delivery to a destination of your choice – gym, home or work.
• Over 350 different combinations on the menu including Halal options.. • Already have a nutrition plan? No problem, just send us a copy and they will prepare your meal prep box accordingly.
Cookoo is an online platform to order home-cooked meals from local chefs. The company provides an online marketplace for healthy and nutritious home-cooked food.
Cookoo delivers fresh, chilled food right to customers’ door. Cookoo’s menu changes every day and the easily navigable website offers a variety of meals.
It was founded in year 2015 and is headquartered in London, England.. .
MiumMium, the largest Personal Chef marketplace on the web, allows you to explore menus, research chefs and book unparalleled at-home culinary experiences. The process is simple: pick a date, choose a menu and invite your friends.
There are no shopping, no preparation, no clean-up and no stress.. .
Mole Valley Farmers
Mole Valley Farmers began life more than 50 years ago, when a group of farmers from the South Molton area created an agricultural buying-group. The success of this early enterprise has resulted in the Mole Valley Farmers family of companies becoming a leading agricultural supply business spanning the length of Britain, with holdings in Wales and more recently Scotland.
This includes Mole Valley Farmers branches and Bridgman’s stores across the South West, Mole Country Stores, Cox & Robinson farm direct outlets in the South and East of England, and manufacturing sites across England, and Scotland.. .
Our goal is to bring people together with delicious, handmade meals delivered in a sustainable way. All our meals are handmade by our cooks in small batches, just as you would at home.
We work closely with top quality, local suppliers to make sure we’re always using the best, seasonal ingredients and over 95% of our packaging is made from plants not plastic.. .
Britannia Food Ingredients
Britannia Food Ingredients Ltd. produces oils and fats for food applications.
The company offers cocoa butter, frying oils, chocolate fats, general-purpose fats, filling or centre fats, chocolate powders and granulates, cocoa butter replacer fats, and packing products. It serves chocolate, confectionery, biscuit, and snack food industries..
Food & Drink Guides
Food & Drink Guides has reviewed over 13,000 restaurants across the UK over 16 years to bring you all the information you need to book and enjoy a meal with family or friends. Their annual regional publications are distributed free of charge in Waitrose stores, but you’ll also see them in retail parks, hotels and tourist information centres.
Pop in today and pick up your free guide or you can request that a copy is sent to you. If you’re looking to travel across the UK, you can also download their handy smartphone app, it’ll use GPS to let you know the best restaurants nearby and you can even refine by cuisine type.
If you love trying new restaurants, you may want to check out their award winning food & drink blog for up-to-the-minute foodie news and competitions.. .
24 Hour Alcohol
24 Hour Alcohol offers UK consumers the opportunity to buy alcoholic beverages through the night, with the option of either on-demand home delivery or collection from a nearby 24hr off licence. The chance for retailers to sell beer, wine and spirits all night is possible due to the Licensing Act 2003, the so called 24 hour drinking law introduced in 2005, which enables establishments to apply for a licence to sell alcohol 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
Even more than a decade after the relaxation of times alcohol can be sold, it’s still not always easy for the consumer to locate late night drinks. To solve this problem, the 24 Hour Alcohol database of 24 hour off licences includes all such premises in England & Wales, from large Tesco and Asda superstores to small independent supermarkets and petrol stations.
24 hour drinking does not apply in Scotland or Northern Ireland, where different licensing regulations apply. Sometimes it’s not possible for consumers to visit a local store, which is where an alcohol delivery service is invaluable.
Drinks are delivered at speed straight to the consumers door, with deliveries usually completed within a very short space of time, usually just a matter of minutes. A range of drinks are available: beers, wines, spirits, ales, ciders, champagne, alcopops, mixers and soft drinks, plus extras like cigarettes, snacks and takeaway food..
This article was written by Benjamin Friedberg from Toast Fried. The editor for this article was Tess Page. If your company is featured in this article and you want to have amendments made please contact us on: [email protected].
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