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Brief Published: 11 Nov 2021

Seamless Food Delivery: Three At-Home Concepts

Fresh Portal

Food delivery is now a $126.9bn market worldwide, and is projected to be worth $192.16bn by 2025 (Research and Markets, 2021). Stylus highlights three brands that are capitalising on the booming sector with at-home tech that ensures flawless food quality upon delivery.

  • Fresh Portal: California start-up Fresh Portal offers food-delivery cubbies for homes and offices. The wi-fi-enabled cubbies come with an app that allows users to control the temperature at which their food is stored. Each cubby also has Far UVC sensors for post-delivery disinfecting, while smart locks prevent package theft.

  • Alchemista: Boston’s Alchemista is a delivery locker that partners with high-end restaurants and apartment buildings. It’s both self-sanitising and secure. Restaurants can also use an app to control the locker’s temperature and ensure dishes stay at their proper serving temperature post-drop-off. All orders are placed via an app and users receive an alert with a QR code when their delivery has arrived. Current partners include tapas restaurant Toro and Italian restaurant Coppa (both Boston-based). There are plans to expand into other cities, including New York and Washington DC.

  • Minnow: Seattle tech start-up Minnow closed a $3m seed funding round in April 2021 to fund the expansion of its smart food-delivery lockers. These lockers are intended to be placed everywhere from offices to multi-family apartments to university campuses, underlining how residential and commercial amenities are converging. Each locker set-up contains 10 units, which can be controlled by delivery workers and customers via wi-fi. While the company started targeting food service, they’re also being used as a last-mile solution for grocery delivery and other perishable products.

For more on the food-delivery boom, see Food Tech Trends to Watch 2021 and Trends in Drive-Thru & Fast-Food Hospitality. For more on at-home food tech, see Designing the Post-Covid Kitchen.