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Food-Tech Start-Up Pluckk Acquires 100% Stake In Meal Kit Brand KOOK

KOOK offers do-it-yourself (DIY) ready-to-cook meal kits that make cooking easier for everyone by providing pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes

Food-Tech Start-Up Pluckk Acquires 100% Stake In Meal Kit Brand KOOK
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Press Trust Of India

POSTED ON May 03, 2023 11:20 AM

Pluckk, a digital lifestyle-oriented fresh food brand in the fruits and vegetables (F&V) space, on Tuesday, announced the acquisition of KOOK, an Indian food-tech start-up that offers a range of DIY meal kits, at a deal value of $1.3 million.

The acquisition was through a combination of cash and equity, the company said in a statement.

KOOK offers do-it-yourself (DIY) ready-to-cook meal kits that make cooking easier for everyone by providing pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes. With a reputation for catering to various dietary preferences and cooking skills, KOOK has a strong presence in Delhi and Mumbai.

"With KOOK's strong target audience and expertise in meal kits, Pluckk is well-positioned to deliver the best quality fresh food to end-consumers in this thriving $15 billion market," it said.

Speaking on the acquisition, Nelson D’Souza, CFO of Pluckk, said, KOOK's demonstrated expertise in building a world-class product in the meal-kit space, coupled with Pluckk's commitment to provide safe and chemical-free produce, will enable offering an unbeatable farm-to-fork experience to customers across India.

"In the post-covid world, ready-to-cook meal kits have emerged as a sought-after cooking trend with customers preferring to control the quality of food consumed while having more dining options which we look to leverage by offering this differentiator to our customer experience.

"Further, from a unit economics point-of-view, this is a welcome addition to our portfolio and will help us accelerate our journey towards building a profitable business," he said.

Pluckk's acquisition of KOOK is a strategic move to tap into the enormous growth potential of the meal kit market and presents significant opportunities for Pluckk, the statement said.

The global market is projected to grow from $15.21 billion in 2021 to $31.5 billion by 2025, representing a 20 per cent CAGR.

"The synergies between what we are building at KOOK and the lifestyle-first approach that Pluckk brings to the fruits and vegetables category seem very compelling.

"Our range of DIY meal kits, combined with Pluckk's digital lifestyle-oriented brand, will allow us to offer even more convenience and healthy meal options to the discerning customers in the ever-growing markets Pluckk operates in," KOOK, co-founder, Arpitta Jerath said.

KOOK, co-founder, Nikhil Thatai said, "We estimate the market size of meal kits to be around $1 billion by 2025 in India and we look forward to leveraging our expertise in meal kit delivery to offer healthy and delicious meal options to cater to this booming market in our country."

KOOK is a DIY meal kit startup founded by ISB alumni Nikhil and Arpitta in 2020. With a presence across Delhi and Mumbai, KOOK was started with a mission to make at-home cooking hassle-free and easy.

Pluckk offers a farm-to-fork product line for health-conscious consumers, featuring safe and chemical-free produce through their ozone wash and traceability program.

Customers can shop based on food trends such as gut health, heart health, and diabetes, and access a wide range of products beyond the basics, including organic and exotic produce.

Pluckk's products are available on their own direct-to-consumer (D2C) platform and partner platforms like Blinkit, Swiggy, Zepto, Dunzo, and Amazon.

Co-founded by Pratik Gupta and seed-funded by Exponentia Ventures (EV) with current operations in Bangalore and Mumbai, Pluckk offers a large variety of special selections of gourmet fruits and vegetables directly to end-consumers, doing away with mediators.

The platform has already onboarded 500-plus farmers across Mumbai and Bengaluru and plans to reach the 1,000 mark in the next 6 months.

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