11. April 2014–
Food delivery service Lieferando, founded in 2009 in Berlin, has been acquired by Dutch competitor Takeaway.com, parent company of the German food delivery service lieferservice.de. The two German websites are set to merge in the near future.
VC firm Prime Venture, who already invested €13 million in Takeaway.com in January 2012, and Macquarie Capital, holding shares in Lieferando since 2012, led a €80 million ($103 million) financing round in Takeaway.com. According to Handelsblatt, it was mainly to acquire Lieferando and buy out other investors like Förderbank KfW, ProSieben’s Seven Ventures and Mountain Super Angel from Switzerland.
"left"] Gründerszene reports that Lieferando and lieferservice.de will continue to run as seperate services until it is clear which brand will be used to merge the two services.
The combination of the two services will give customers access to over 10,000 delivery restaurants, which is the largest number of restaurants on a delivery website in Germany. It will also process around 600,000 orders per month, Prime Venture reports.
With this deal, Prime Venture claims that Takeaway.com becomes Europe’s largest food delivery website, processing over 95% of its orders in four markets: Holland, Belgium, Germany and Austria. The acquisition includes Lieferando’s subsidiary Pyszne.pl.
“We are excited to join a founder-driven like-minded company. By merging two profitable and fast-growing companies we will expand our continental European market leadership to the benefit of customers and restaurants,” Lieferando founder Christoph Gerber, Jörg Gerbig and Kai Hansen say. They will be given senior positions at Takeaway.com.
They told Gründerszene that no layoffs were planned.