Egyptian grocery delivery startup, Breadfast secures $26m Series A round for regional expansion

Egyptian grocery delivery startup, Breadfast secures $26m Series A round for regional expansion

Egypt-based grocery delivery startup, Breadfast has closed a $26 million Series A funding round co-led by Vostok New Ventures and Endure Capital.

Other investors who participated in the round include Tinder’s co-founder Justin Mateen JAM Fund, YC Continuity Fund, Shorooq Partners, 4DX Ventures, and Flexport. It brings Breadfast’s total investment to date to more than US$33 million.

The startup says it will use this latest funding to expand into new cities, scale its technology, and move into Sub-Saharan African markets.

Grocery On-demand

Launched in 2017 by Mostafa Amin, Muhammed Habib, and Abdallah Nofal, Breadfast delivers more than 2,500 supermarket items to customers’ doorsteps every morning, with orders made using a mobile app.

Breadfast owns the entire value chain, in-housing the bread production, logistics and distribution, technology and customer experience, and delivers tens of thousands of orders every month. Deliveries are currently offered in under 60 minutes, with the company planning on bringing that down to 20 minutes by utilising a portion of the new funding to grow its web of dark stores.

“We started by baking and delivering fresh bread, and today we can give Egyptians access to thousands of items of their basic supermarket supplies at the click of a button,” Mostafa Amin, co-founder and CEO at Breadfast, said in a statement.

Breadfast claims to have approximately 250,000 registered customers, and have achieved more than 65% customer retention month-over-month with a four-fold surge in revenue between 2019 and 2020.

The startup’s product portfolio has multiplied ten times over the last two years, while the majority of its revenue comes from fresh and perishable goods.

Mega Expansion plans

The new capital raised will fuel Breadfast’s rapid expansion into eight new cities across Egypt, scale the technology behind its ‘pocket supermarket’ app, and grow its team as it gears up to expand its extensive grocery delivery service across Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Our mission is to change how people consume their daily essentials in Africa and the Middle East and, through our dynamic technology and deep understanding of the end-to-end supply chain process in the region, we are growing a simple idea into a product we believe can benefit millions of people across the MENA and Sub-Saharan regions,” said Mostafa Amin, co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) at Breadfast.

Mateen, head of JAM Fund, said Breadfast was defining how consumers in emerging markets plan and carry out their grocery shopping.

“The Breadfast team has managed to build a complex operation that offers a seamless experience for customers. Supported by a massive demographic and favorable operating expenses in emerging markets, Breadfast is poised to become a leader in the grocery q-commerce market. I am excited about supporting this team in their future plans,” he said.

Björn von Sivers, investment manager at VNV Global, said he was excited about the potential of Breadfast.

“Over the past few years, Breadfast fueled its growth by offering something that’s highly scarce in emerging markets; an exceptionally good customer experience and solid operational excellence. We see Breadfast becoming one of the most successful companies to come out of Africa and the Middle East,” he said.

The four-year-old startup is dreaming big, betting on the rising demand across the region as online shopping became the norm, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the company, the market for grocery delivery services across the MENA region is expanding rapidly, buoyed by a young and growing population. “With $1 trillion spent in the MENA region and $50 billion spent in Egypt alone on groceries, the region’s growing demand provides a unique opportunity for Breadfast,” added the company.