The arrival of Deliveroo in Australia changed the way many inner-city consumers look at food delivery for the better – for James Jordan, it meant the swift demise of the startup he had spent months building.
Menulog has partnered with Sydney restaurant delivery startup Drive Yello to allow restaurants without their own delivery drivers to tap into a network.
Launching today with $2 million in funding is FoodByUs, a Sydney startup founded by former Menulog managing director Gary Munitz, Tim Chandler, former lead engineer at Menulog, and Ben Lipschitz, former managing director of footwear brand Flipsters, looking to connect passionate home cooks with consumers.
Menulog has today announced former CEO of Groupon Alistair Venn will join the company as managing director. Alistair will help Menulog to further accelerate its growth and give the startup greater focus on restaurant and customer engagement satisfaction.
The Victorian Government may be trailing behind a number of other states in not having regulated ridesharing services such as UberX, but that hasn’t stopped the company from launching its food delivery service UberEATS in Melbourne today. Melbourne is the third city outside North America to get the service.
Menulog has partnered with on-demand courier startup Zoom2u to help restaurants without their own delivery drivers launch a delivery service. The partnership will see drivers made available to restaurants in Sydney from today.
Deliveroo is just the latest food delivery startup to hit our doorsteps, joining a number of services including Menulog, Delivery Hero, and EatNow. However Levi Aron, Deliveroo’s country manager for Australia, doesn’t quite see the other services as competition. In fact, though the core service is the same, he believes Deliveroo does something different by delivering food only from mid to high-end restaurants – restaurants that traditionally don’t deliver.
UK online food delivery startup Just Eat has agreed to acquire Australian startup Menulog for a reported $865 million. The deal, which is subject to approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board, comes three months after Menulog acquired Eat Now.
Startup Daily have been fielding multiple reports from sources at Melbourne based company Catch of the Day this morning that EatNow, which it owns and Menulog have merged. We are being told that Menulog has acquired the competitor website for an undisclosed sum.