Waitrose acquires Dishpatch

Waitrose has acquired Dishpatch, a meal-kit delivery service.

The grocer said that the move is part of its ambition to “be the trusted home for food lovers.”

Dishpatch, which was founded in 2020, aims to offer customers a restaurant experience through 40 different menus. It offers meals designed from chefs including Angela Hartnett, Michel Roux Jr, and Sabrina Ghayour.

Peter Butler, founder and chief executive of Dishpatch, will continue in his role as chief executive.

“Waitrose sees significant opportunities for Dishpatch, which works with some of Britain’s most respected chefs and restaurants,” said James Bailey, executive director for Waitrose. “We have shared values in serving our customers the best quality food and we’re looking forward to working together.”

He continued: “While our immediate focus will be helping Dishpatch grow its core meal kit business, we are also looking forward to working with the team to bring further new and exciting food experiences to Waitrose customers.”

Waitrose did not disclose the terms of the acquisition.

In February, Waitrose announced it was lowering the prices on over 200 lines of its own brand products, with prices dropping by an average of eight per cent.

The supermarket said the decision is part of a £30 million investment and follows a similar move last year.

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