London-based Deliveroo announced that the tech giant would join existing investors T Rowe Price, Fidelity and Greenoaks in the round, which takes the total raised by the company to date to 1.53 billion USA dollars (£1.2 billion).
Deliveroo will also use the money raised to invest in formats that will help restaurants expand into new areas at a lower cost and lower risk, bringing more choice to local neighbourhoods. The new cash will be invested "heavily" in expanding Deliveroo's tech team at its United Kingdom headquarters, while also funding further expansion into new markets-as well as continued innovation in its "Editions" delivery-only kitchens.
Deliveroo said the new funding will partly go towards new innovations in the food sector, for example through delivery-only kitchens, as well as new formats.
Deliveroo has a network of 60,000 couriers who deliver food to consumers' homes from more than 80,000 restaurants. The startup has now 2,500 people as its permanent employees.
Deliveroo said Friday that it raised $575 million from a number of investors led by Amazon.Читайте также: Musk to review all of Tesla's expenses in new cost cutting plan
Consolidation has also been hotting up in the food-delivery sector.
The backing from Amazon gives Deliveroo a boost against rivals such as JustEat and Uber Eats.
Amazon is investing in British meal delivery company Deliveroo, giving the online shopping behemoth a larger stake in the fast-growing restaurant delivery business.
Doug Gurr, Amazon UK Country manager, said that the group was "impressed" with the approach of London-headquartered Deliveroo.
Now operating across 100 cities, vendors participating in the Deliveroo scheme receive and hand over customer orders to Deliveroo riders rather than hire their own delivery staff.
"From the point of view of a business owner, we can't think of much more terrifying news than hearing Amazon is entering your backyard", Ameet Patel at Northern Trust Capital Markets said in emailed comments.
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