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With Food Delivery Startups Backing Cloud Kitchens, Do Restaurants Stand A Chance?

With Food Delivery Startups Backing Cloud Kitchens, Do Restaurants Stand A Chance?

India’s millennial audience has given wings to the foodtech and delivery industry

India’s biggest food delivery apps Swiggy and Zomato launched cloud kitchen verticals in 2017

Will cloud kitchens push capital-intensive restaurants out of business?

Ever since the invention of fire, humans have been using ‘technology’ to change fruits, vegetables, and meat into food. This basic need for sustenance has shaped civilisation eons. The invention of farming created the food industry and though farmers a millennia ago believed food came from the heavens, these days food comes from the cloud.

With food delivery a tap away, cloud kitchens are becoming the norm. These kitchens with no front of the house and no wait staff have become the de factor kings of a food delivery world. Cloud kitchens are tight ships with a standard roster of ingredients that are used for a variety of dishes and cuisines. These are the tech startup version of a restaurant — agile, fast and ready to break things. Indeed, cloud kitchens have broken the traditional restaurant business.

This progression of food from simple fire to high-tech kitchens with machines deciding the inventory and the pantry has taken centuries, but the introduction of cloud kitchens has certainly changed the face of the food industry. With changing times, technological inventions and fast-paced lifestyles, our food and the way we consume it and its source have witnessed a drastic change leading to a flourishing foodservice industry.

As per DataLabs by Inc42, the projected market size of cloud kitchens is expected to reach $1.05 Bn by 2023. With one foot in the food delivery business, food aggregators are aggressively moving towards cloud kitchens for expansion and revenue growth