UK food startup City Pantry inks funding


London food startup City Pantry has secured 4 million pounds in funding. Octopus Investments led the round with participation from other backers that included Newable Private Investing.

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London – 9th April , 2018 – London-based food start-up City Pantry today announces it has closed a £4m Series A funding round, led by Octopus Investments with participation from existing investors and Newable Private Investing.

The funds will be used to continue the company’s triple-digit growth in London whilst also beginning expansion to new markets, targeting cities across the UK over the next 18 months.

The company, which was founded by Stuart Sunderland in 2013, is transforming the way employees eat by bringing food from exciting local caterers and restaurants direct to offices, covering events, meetings, and team meals.

It already serves over 20,000 meals every week to the employees of more than 500 companies, including Google, Amazon, PayPal, Slack, Spotify and Unilever. Customers use the City Pantry platform to choose from 300 of London’s most popular restaurants and caterers.

Stuart Sunderland, founder and CEO of City Pantry, said: “While we’ve all seen the phenomenal growth of online food delivery in B2C over the past few years, food to businesses lags significantly behind; legacy relationships with caterers and the unique pressures of ordering for larger groups make innovation and progress slower.

“However we’ve reached a tipping point as we have so much more easy access to incredible food in our everyday lives, we now expect that within our professional lives and companies that care about the quality and variety of what is served have an advantage. With a growing chasm between what’s available in London’s restaurants and what we are offered at work, City Pantry bridges the gap with on-trend, high-quality food that is easy to order and reliably delivered.”

The company has tapped into a growing demand from employees for greater workplace wellbeing; and for employers to offer more than just a good salary.

Grant Paul-Florence, Head of Intermediate Capital at Octopus Investments, City Pantry’s lead investor, said: “City Pantry is one of the hottest start-ups in this space, and the team has ambitious plans to revolutionise the way people eat at work. It’s uniquely placed to satisfy the growing appetite for high quality, hassle-free workplace meals, which organisations are increasingly demanding as they work to build an attractive company culture.”

Anthony Clarke, Managing Director of Newable Private Investing, said, “City Pantry takes an innovative approach to boosting employee morale and productivity by encouraging teams to eat together. We’re delighted to participate in this round.”

Matt Truman, CEO and Co-Founder, True, said “In a short space of time, City Pantry has grown from a start-up within our growth fund’s innovation Hub, to a business delivering phenomenal growth. As the company’s first institutional investor, it was clear this was a business set to successfully disrupt an established industry through a well-defined future-facing business strategy and a great team, led by Stuart. City Pantry has huge potential for scale.”

About City Pantry
City Pantry was founded in 2013 in Brixton by Stuart Sunderland. The company was started to deliver the food from Brixton Market to local offices, creating a new and welcoming market for the stalls and giving the offices access to better office food than traditional caterers could provide. What started as a local endeavour soon grew rapidly in a city whose restaurant scene was developing faster than office food could keep up with, and the company opened larger offices in Shoreditch and then London Bridge in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The company now serves over 20,000 meals every week to over 500 clients, including Google, Amazon, PayPal, Slack, Spotify and Unilever.

Stuart Sunderland
Stuart spent much of his early corporate life eating at his desk, having initially worked in the financial sector. Convinced that company culture could be improved by teams eating together, he set out to connect his local market in Brixton to hungry office workers. Delivering the first order himself to get word out, he quickly grew the company to build out a dedicated operations fleet and a network of London’s best restaurants, inspiring companies to improve and care about the culture that he craved at work.

About Octopus Investments
Octopus Investments, part of the Octopus Group, is an award-winning, fast-growing UK fund management business with leading positions in tax-efficient investments, multi manager funds, and UK smaller company financing. We can back companies through their growth cycle from early stage to those listed on AIM, providing investors with the opportunity to benefit from our active management and expertise. We manage assets for retail investors and institutions including pension funds, asset managers, fund-of-funds and family offices. And we’re changing the world of investments for the better by offering a straight-talking approach to investing, exceptional customer service and a range of products that aim to do what they say they will.

Octopus is one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. We’re building businesses to transform markets and customer expectations. We are experts in investments, UK smaller companies, energy and healthcare. We currently manage more than £7.5 billion on behalf of our customers. Octopus Investments, Octopus Energy, Octopus Healthcare, Octopus Labs, Octopus Property and Octopus Ventures are all part of the Octopus Group. Visit octopusgroup.com.

About Newable
Newable is a one stop shop for growing businesses – providing lending, investment, advice and property services. It runs Newable Private Investing (formerly London Business Angels) a leading provider of early stage equity finance to potentially high growth companies through its sector focussed private investor groups, proprietary funds and co-investment partners.

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