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25 food tech power players of 2023 The rise of food delivery: a look at the industry leaders

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Food technology has revolutionized the way we consume and experience food. With the rise of e-commerce and online food delivery services, food tech startups have become an increasingly important part of our lives. Let’s take a look at the CEOs and Founders of the leading food tech companies, exploring their backgrounds, vision, and mission.

1. Miki Kuusi – Wolt
Miki Kuusi is the Head of international at Doordash and CEO at Wolt, a food delivery company that operates in over 100 cities across the world. With a background in technology and entrepreneurship, Mike is dedicated to making food delivery simple and accessible for everyone.

2. Jakob Sebastian Angele – foodpanda
Jakob Sebastian Angele is the CEO APAC of foodpanda, one of the largest online food ordering and delivery companies in the world. With a focus on innovation and customer experience, he has overseen the company’s growth and expansion into new markets.

3. Adam DeWitt – Grubhub 
Adam DeWitt is the CEO of Grubhub, one of the largest food delivery companies in the world. He has extensive experience in the tech industry and is committed to using technology to improve the food delivery experience for customers.

4. William Shu – Deliveroo
William Shu is the founder and CEO of Deliveroo, a food delivery company operating in over 500 towns and cities across the world. He came up with the concept for Deliveroo while he was employed at Morgan Stanley’s London office, where he noticed the scarcity of food delivery options during late work nights. To gain a thorough understanding of the customer experience, William took on the role of the company’s initial delivery person and personally delivered food daily for the first eight months.

5. Niklas Östberg – Delivery Hero
Niklas Östberg is the Co-Founder and CEO of Delivery Hero, one of the largest food delivery companies in the world. With a background in the tech industry and a passion for innovation, he is dedicated to providing a seamless food delivery experience for customers. Delivery Hero has become a leading player in the food tech space, with operations in over 40 countries around the world.

6. Zhong Xu – Deliverect 
Zhong Xu is the Co-Founder and CEO of Deliverect, a software company that provides solutions to restaurants and food businesses to manage their online food orders and deliveries. Deliverect has grown into a leading player in the food tech space, helping food businesses streamline their operations and improve the customer experience.

7. Jeroen Rutten – Tablevibe 
Jeroen Rutten is the CEO of Tablevibe, webshop technology for restaurants to take direct pickup and delivery orders from their customers. It enables restaurants and cloud kitchens to receive direct food orders through their own websites and social media platforms. As a result, restaurants can reduce their expenses and gain direct access to valuable customer data.

8. Sriharsha Majety – Swiggy
Based in Bangalore, India, Swiggy is a popular food delivery platform that has grown rapidly since its launch in 2014. Sriharsha Majety, along with his co-founders, created Swiggy to simplify the food ordering and delivery process in India.

9. Simon Borrero – Rappi
Rappi is a popular on-demand delivery service that provides users with a wide range of products, including food. Simon Borrero co-founded Rappi in 2015 and has since expanded the service throughout Latin America.

10. Dominik Richter – Hello Fresh
Hello Fresh is a meal kit delivery company that provides users with pre-portioned ingredients and recipes to cook at home. Dominik Richter co-founded Hello Fresh in 2011, and the company has since grown to serve millions of customers in over a dozen countries.

11. Pradeep Elankumaran – Farmstead
Farmstead is an online grocery delivery service that sources its products directly from local farms. Pradeep Elankumaran co-founded Farmstead in 2016 with the goal of creating a more sustainable and efficient food delivery system.

12. Victor Santos – Liv Up
Liv Up is a food delivery service based in Brazil that provides users with healthy, fresh meals made with locally-sourced ingredients. Victor Santos founded Liv Up in 2016 with the goal of promoting healthy and sustainable eating habits in Brazil.

13. Lev Glazman – Fresh
Fresh is a meal delivery service that provides users with fully prepared, healthy meals. Lev Glazman founded Fresh in 2019 with the goal of making it easier for people to eat healthy and delicious food.

14. Simon Borrero – Rappi
Rappi is an on-demand delivery service that delivers a wide range of products, including food. Simon Borrero co-founded Rappi in 2015 and has since expanded the service throughout Latin America.

15. Nadiem Makarim – Gojek
Gojek is a popular ride-hailing service that also provides food delivery services in Indonesia. Nadiem Makarim co-founded Gojek in 2010, and it has since become one of the most successful startups in Southeast Asia.

16. Patrick Sigrist – iFood
iFood is a leading food delivery company in Brazil. Patrick Sigrist co-founded iFood in 2011 and has since expanded the company to serve millions of customers across Brazil.

17. Markus Villig – Bolt Food
Bolt Food is a food delivery service offered by the ride-hailing company Bolt. Markus Villig founded Bolt in 2013, and it has since expanded to over 50 countries.

18. Julian Dames – foodora
foodora is a food delivery service that partners with local restaurants to provide customers with a wide variety of meal options. Julian Dames co-founded foodora in 2014, and it has since become one of the leading food delivery services in Europe.

19. Abhay Hanjura – Licious
Licious is a meat and seafood delivery service based in India. Abhay Hanjura co-founded Licious in 2015, and it has since become one of the leading meat delivery services in India.

20. Tony Xu – DoorDash
DoorDash is a food delivery service that partners with local restaurants to offer delivery to customers. Tony Xu co-founded DoorDash in 2013, and it has since become one of the most popular food delivery services in the United States.

21. Mohamad Ballout – Kitopi
Kitopi is a Dubai-based company that provides a shared kitchen platform for delivery-only restaurants. Mohamad Ballout co-founded Kitopi in 2018, and it has since become one of the fastest-growing food tech companies in the Middle East.

22. Rashmi Daga – FreshMenu
FreshMenu is a food delivery company based in India that offers a variety of meals made with high-quality ingredients. Rashmi Daga founded FreshMenu in 2014, and it has since grown to serve customers across several cities in India.

23. Kristen Barnett – Hungry House
Hungry House is a UK-based food delivery company that offers a wide range of cuisines from local restaurants. Kristen Barnett is the CEO of Hungry House and has overseen the company’s growth and expansion in the UK market.

24. Pilar Granell – Resto-In
Pilar Granell is the co-founder and COO of Resto-In, a food delivery company based in Paris, France. The company was founded in 2006 and has since expanded to several other cities in France and Europe. Resto-In focuses on providing high-quality food delivery from restaurants that may not typically offer delivery services.

25. Chris Askew – Bookachef
Chris Askew is the director of Bookachef & Book A Catering Engineer, a Belgian food delivery company that focuses on connecting customers with professional chefs who can prepare meals in their homes. The company was founded in 2016 and has since expanded to several cities in Belgium, including Brussels, Antwerp, and Ghent.

The CEOs of these food tech companies are driving the industry forward with their innovative ideas, commitment to customer experience, and passion for technology. Their efforts have resulted in more convenient and efficient ways to order food and receive it at our doorstep.

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