Food Ordering Platform Foodpanda Acquires Russian Rival Delivery Club

By David Knight |

Rocket Internet-backed startup foodpanda has acquired a Russian competitor, Delivery Club, for an undisclosed sum. The food ordering platform – similar to Delivery Hero and Lieferando, although not active in Germany – can now offer access to more than 2,500 partnering delivery restaurants in Russia via web and mobile. Delivery Club is currently available in 18 cities, while foodpanda has launched in more than 40 countries across the world.

Foodpanda, which has an affiliated brand called hellofood, launched in May 2012 and has so far secured $48 million (€34.5m) in funding from investors including Investment AB Kinnevik and Phenomen Ventures.

Earlier this year, the Berlin-based comany claimed to be the fastest-growing of Rocket’s global network of e-commerce companies, while last week it bagged an award at the Europas, being named best e-commerce startup.

Anna Shkirina, managing director of Delivery Club, said: “Delivery Club is a true forerunner in the food delivery market in Russia and has built a strong product and customer base over the years. We are now excited to announce the deal with foodpanda that will help us to bring the product to a next level, increase our marketing efforts and continue to develop our product to one of the customer friendliest in the world.”

Ralf Wenzel, co-founder and global managing director of foodpanda/hellofood, said: “We are excited to announce that after acquiring Delivery Club, we will be the market leading food delivery marketplace in Russia, serving customers across the entire CIS region. This follows our clear goal to be the number one in all our over 40 markets around the globe and provide the most convenient way to order food, wherever you are in the world.”