Source: Deliveroo

Will Shu at an Editions location

Deliveroo is continuing the expansion of its delivery-only kitchen network with the launch of three new sites in London.

The latest Editions locations have launched with 10 restaurant partners, who will use the facilities – which are closed to the public – to prepare takeaway orders.

Deliveroo launched Editions in 2016, and now has locations across the UK, including Manchester, Leeds and Brighton.

“Our delivery-only Editions kitchens have been a game-changer for the food delivery industry, and will continue to play a vital role in helping restaurants recover from the pandemic and drive growth,” said Will Shu, CEO and founder of Deliveroo.

“We are really excited to expand our Editions kitchens and bring amazing cuisines to even more consumers across the country,” he added.

In total, the UK Editions dark kitchen sites created more than 1,000 jobs last year, providing job opportunities for chefs and catering staff, Deliveroo said.

The kitchens are “playing a vital role in helping restaurants recover from the pandemic by enabling them to reach new customers, without having to pay for and set up a physical premises” the company said.

Restaurant partners at the three new sites are: Five Guys, Dishoom, Shake Shack, Pho, Rosa’s Thai, Tao Tao Ju, Bleecker, Chilango, Tortilla and Pasta Evangelists.

“They have given us the opportunity to deliver our delicious burgers, fries and shakes to new customers, in new areas,” said Rory Scallan, head of commercial for Five Guys. “Our delivery sales and partnership with Deliveroo has grown throughout the pandemic and we’re excited to see how the Editions kitchens can further strengthen this.”

Emily Tang, co-founder of Tao Tao Ju, said that the partnerships meant it could reach more homes in the capital.

“The investment by Deliveroo into its Editions sites and the expert knowledge of the Editions team means that we can reach even more customers and boost our order growth,” Tang said.

Deliveroo said it had “ambitious plans to expand” the kitchens network further.

The company upped investment spending from £15m in the first half of 2020 to £24.6m in H1 2021, on both its technology team and an “increase in purchases of property, plant and equipment” related to the rollout of Editions kitchens.

The expansion followed a “period of strong growth” Deliveroo said, with total orders in the UK and Ireland increasing by 87% in the first nine months of 2021, compared with the same period in 2020.