VANCOUVER — Foodee has acquired Chewse, a leading office-catering company servicing the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin and Chicago. This is the first acquisition for the Canadian company, which specializes in individually packaged meals for office catering.
Foodee will transition Chewse clients on family-style plans to individually packaged meals. The company is working closely with clients and their HR and administrative teams to deliver meal programs that meet the requirements of workplace health-and-safety guidelines.
“As clients all over North America discuss their return to work plans with us, they are quickly making the switch from platters of shared food to smartly packaged meals,” says Ryan Spong, CEO, Foodee. “Modern offices in the Bay Area adapting to a hybrid work model have been exceptionally receptive to our meal-planning platform and the switch to individually packaged meals.”
Foodee’s acquisition closed alongside a strategic financing. The company raised $13 million in a mix of equity led by BDC Capital paired with debt, provided by a major Canadian bank. Through its bridge financing program, BDC Capital matched funds raised by the companies’ existing investors, including Kensington Capital via the BC Tech Fund and Structure Capital, as well as new investor, Foundry Group.
“Foodee is a leading meal and catering platform focused on corporations and was growing aggressively until COVID-19 forced offices to close,” says Robert Simon, senior managing partner, IT Venture Fund at BDC Capital. “As the economy re-opens across North America, the company’s model is particularly well-suited in a social-distancing environment by delivering individually packaged meals, reducing elevator traffic and increasing employee safety. With its acquisition of Chewse, Foodee is poised to scale and we’re proud to support its success in these challenging times.”