Food delivery apps Deliveroo and FoodPanda both said that they have been growing in Hong Kong and had an increase in order volumes between June and September of this year, with weekend nights being the peak time for orders.
Foodpanda is set to launch of a dedicated food technology centre in Bengaluru. A statement issued by the online marketplace for food delivery Tuesday said the “state-of-the-art tech centre” would be fully operational “in a couple of weeks”.
The company plans to hire 100 team members with strong tech background this year.
Foodpanda says the food technology centre aims to strengthen the technology infrastructure, product capabilities and end user experience for the company. The centre will be headed by Nitin Gupta, the recently appointed head of engineering at Foodpanda.
“The tech centre will extensively work on re-imagining the product, integrate functions and introduce specialised domains of Machine Learning and Data Sciences. This would be directed to develop more personalised offerings for the restaurant partners and millions of prospective customers in the country. The tech centre is envisioned to become a hub for the best tech talent working in the food tech space in the country. The centre will also be used for aggressive R&D functions in the future while leveraging best practices from around the world,” said the statement.
Pranay Jivrajka, CEO, Foodpanda India, said, “Through the technology centre in Bengaluru, we envision to bring together the best team of tech enthusiasts working on building a future ready product. Leveraging robust data sciences and machine learning, we intend to personalise offerings for all our stakeholders. Following the commitment to strengthen our delivery network, this is an instrumental step towards building a strong food tech ecosystem in the country.”
What is food technology?
Experts call food technology a science that deals with the techniques and principles involved in processing and preserving food substances to manufacture safe and bacteria-resistant products.