Food and drink

The publisher of Rolling Stone has brought chef meal delivery startup Providoor back to life

- October 23, 2023 2 MIN READ

Meal delivery service Providoor is staging a comeback six months after it shut down suddenly, with a range of celebrity chefs backing the reborn startups, now owned by Seventh Street Ventures founder Sam Benjamin. Born in response to the Covid lockdowns in April 2020 by Melbourne chef Shane Delia. It subsequently expanded into the NSW and… Read more »

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Global tech

SLAPDASH: Food delivery giant DoorDash served up $2m fine for more than 1 million spam messages

- August 16, 2023 2 MIN READ

Food delivery platform DoorDash has copped a $2,011,320 penalty from the communications regulator for sending more than one million texts and emails in breach of Australian spam rules. The NSYE-listed tech company, which launched aggressively in Australian in 2019 amid complaints from restaurateurs that they’d been signed up to the platform without their permission and… Read more »

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Global tech

Want sushi from a shopping centre? There’s a drone for that

- April 20, 2023 2 MIN READ

Alphabet’s experimental drone delivery service, Wing, is branching out from delivering supermarket groceries in Queensland to meal delivery in a partnership with DoorDash.  The two tech companies have team up with property giant Mirvac to launch drone delivered meals from food retailers signed up on DoorDash from Orion Springfield Central shopping centre in Ipswich. The… Read more »


Menulog cuts jobs in wake of Deliveroo demise

- November 28, 2022 2 MIN READ

Menulog, one of the few surviving meal delivery companies left in Australia following the failure of Deliveroo and grocery delivery startup Voly, is shedding jobs in Australia as part of a global restructure of its Dutch parent company. The Australian-born business, which was acquired UK-based Just Eat for $855 million in 2015, cut stuffing at… Read more »

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ROOTED: Deliveroo just shut down in Australia

- November 16, 2022 3 MIN READ

Deliveroo’s UK HQ announced sudden closure of Australian operations The business placed in voluntary administration Deliveroo said it can’t get to profitability without increased investment The company said it’s not worth it Unions says Deliveroo has always been the outlier in Australia’s gig industry   Online food delivery platform Deliveroo has placed its Australian subsidiary… Read more »

Future of work

‘A weird dinging sound that everyone dreads’: the impact of the rapid delivery groceries boom on supermarket workers

- July 19, 2022 4 MIN READ

Online grocery shopping has boomed since the pandemic began in 2020, with Woolworths and Coles steadily expanding their home-delivery offerings. Rapid delivery is the latest frontier. Woolworths and Coles Express have been offering on-demand deliveries through UberEats and Doordash since last year. Woolworths recently launched the Metro60 app which promises home delivery within an hour… Read more »


Event ordering startup Snackr raises $915,000 in Seed round

- June 28, 2022 2 MIN READ

With fans heading back to sports arenas to watch live concerts and games, tech startup Snackr has raised $915,000 in Seed funding for its in-seat ordering system. The round was led by RAC-backed venture fund BetterLabs, joined by Woodside Energy Technologies, Eastcourt Capital and Spacecubed Ventures.   Snackr CEO Matt Lim said the mobile ordering startup’s… Read more »

Global tech

The family of a gig economy rider killed delivering food will receive workers comp in a landmark ruling that he was an employee

- June 23, 2022 3 MIN READ

A landmark decision by the NSW government disputes resolution body, the Personal Injury Commission, with see the family of a food delivery rider killed in a traffic accident in 2020 receive $830,000 in compensation after food company and its insurer accepted liability for his death. Xiaojun Chen, 43, died in September 2020 after his bike… Read more »

Climate Tech

Food rescue startup Good & Fugly is solving a massive problem for farmers, saving money and the planet

- April 29, 2022 2 MIN READ

Sydney social enterprise Good & Fugly has delivered a lifeline to farmers whose produce is being rejected by supermarket giants for failing to meet ‘beauty standards’. The brand has launched a produce ‘rescue’ hotline for farmers for the Good & Fugly team to purchase surplus fruits and vegetables. The 13-000-FUGLY hotline is a direct response to… Read more »


HungryPanda gobbles up Asian food delivery platforms Easi and Buy@Home

- January 11, 2022 2 MIN READ

UK-based Asian food delivery platform HungryPanda, has snapped up two local rivals, acquiring Melbourne-based startup Easi and New Zealand’s Buy@Home. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisitions mean HungryPanda, founded in 2017, now operates in 10 countries, including the UK, France, Italy, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, across 60 cities.… Read more »

Providoor, Shane Delia

Providoor, the restaurant food delivery startup founded by chefs, has launched in Sydney

- July 22, 2021 2 MIN READ

When pandemic lockdowns hit leading Melbourne chef Shane Delia last year, he became a startup entrepreneur, launching Providoor, a restaurant meal delivery service taking on the tech giants and putting more money back into the pockets of struggling restaurateurs.  In the last 12 months Providoor generated more than $40 million in revenue for the Melbourne… Read more »