Halal Industry

Pakistan gets its first Kitchen as a Service

Pakistan’s first Kitchen as a Service has opened in Karachi.

As a concept, KaaS does not come with dine-in but provides the kitchen facilities foodservice providers can use to prepare dishes and sell their food via delivery.

“Considering the growth in food e-commerce, love for quality food and the youth population of the country we feel this is a massive opportunity for restaurants, aggregators and corporates to take the hyperlocal food delivery to the next level,” said Abdus Samad Rashid, founder and CEO of Pakistan’s first KaaS, Hotpod, in a statement.

The shared kitchen platform will start with three turnkey kitchens in Karachi.

Hotpod says on its website it will also provide the tech to give foodservice providers visibility of their orders, sales, food costs and trends.

“Many food brands have already signed up” and “many have shown great interest in expanding nationwide via the Hotpod network”, said the start-up.

Hotpod lists Chachajee, Pita the shawarma revolution, China Grill, Wingitt and Tao Pan Asian Cuisine as brands it is connected to.

The start-up will prepare dishes for the different brands and deliver them to customers using food delivery aggregators.

Cloud kitchens are increasingly gaining ground in Islamic countries, with the pandemic driving food delivery. Most recently, UAE foodtech company kaykroo raised $4 million and is moving all ten of its restaurant brands to cloud kitchens it manages.

Hotpod is backed by Singapore-based High Output Ventures. The VC launched an accelerator programme to invest in Pakistani start-ups, with Hotpod being one of three selected.

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