Healthy Food Startup Zesty served $17 Million on a Platter
Last year, food start up Zesty turned corporate and started an office catering program. Now, in order to expand their services have scored $17 million in Series A round funding.
Index Ventures led the round, with participation from Founders Fund and previous investor Forerunner Ventures. During seed funding, Zesty raised $3.7 million from Y Combinator, SV Angel and others in the spring of 2014.
According to Zesty, their key difference between other companies is that they have a healthier meal option. The startup brings meals into companies on an agreed-upon schedule and works with individual SF restaurants to ensure there’s no added sugar or MSG in meals. All meals come with a list of ingredients, as well as calories per serving so that those watching their weight or wanting to eat healthy know what’s going into their body.
Restaurants benefit from this arrangement as they let Zesty handle all the delivery and logistics and receive a cut from the catering revenue. According to Zesty, restaurants earn an extra half a million in revenue per year from this arrangement.
“We believe we are now the largest catering company by revenue in San Francisco,” co-founder David Langer told TechCrunch. “We are already on an eight-figure gross revenue run-rate, and we had a waiting list for the first six months of 2014 due to such overwhelming demand.”
Zesty plans to use the new cash to expand that growing business into new markets. Langer did not want to disclose where those places were, but you can bet it will most likely be in places with a lot of companies and growing startups looking for healthy catering.