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Cloud kitchen operator Sweetheart Kitchen has successfully secured €15 million (US$17.7 million) in a Series C funding round backed by strategic investors, led by the company’s founder and CEO Peter Schatzberg.
As a delivery-only multi-brand virtual kitchen, Schatzberg notes that the Dubai-based company is keen to invest their funding into supply chain technology, food design and hiring talent, as they had previously done, and which they plan to continue to do so. “Scaling units is certainly one important objective for us, but we are also investing in streamlining our processes and systems to achieve profitability.”
As a company that is only 15 months old, it’s noteworthy to point out its impressive milestones. The startup (which, according to a Wamda report, is backed by Germany’s Delivery Hero) has previously raised €21 million ($24.8 million) in a previous round. Thus, as of date, the startup has raised a total of $43 million. The brand boasts a portfolio of 30 brands, such as Wingo, Avocado Bravo and Affordabowls, among others.
That’s not to say that cloud kitchen startup hasn’t had their fair share of hurdles during the pandemic. Schatzberg comments, “Almost overnight, we pivoted from scaling volume and units, to demonstrating profitability through aggressive cost-cutting measures that would ordinarily take place in a mature enterprise.” They had to close live units in Kuwait, as well as make reductions, and lose cash flow as they were waiting to open a number of completed units, but was vacant due to citywide lockdowns. He adds, “Any incremental revenue we might have received as a function of the pandemic was more than offset by the various costs and challenges that the pandemic created.”
To utilize the time, the team focused internally on “controllership, efficiency, quality and profitability,” which Schatzberg says ignited the enterprise’s maturity more rapidly. With the new capital fusion, the team is gearing up to launch five additional brands, as well as have 12 units live in the UAE by the beginning of 2021, with more expansion into the KSA market in the second half of the same year. The team is also excited to scale across the region as they originally planned, starting with its relaunch in Kuwait. He concludes, “We plan on re-opening in January with seven kitchens, and on covering over 75% of Kuwait by the end of Q2 2021 with our new brands.”
‘TREP TALK ME: Peter Schatzberg, founder and CEO of Sweetheart Kitchen
What’s your advice to fellow entrepreneurs who are raising capital during this unprecedented time?
1. Ask yourself if you really need to raise capital right now
“Carefully consider whether you have the capabilities, business plan and determination to raise capital during a global economic downturn. Your time is precious, and rejection can be painful. Do not waste time trying to raise funds in this environment if you are not prepared to face
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Samsung and LG swept the top customer satisfaction rankings in the survey. Samsung took five of the top honors, while LG took the other three.
The categories and highest-ranked brands in each category are as follows:
Samsung (overall customer satisfaction score of 878 out of 1,000 points)
GE Appliances (864)
French door refrigerators
Top-mounted freezer, two-door refrigerators
To see all of the brands included in the study and how they rank, check out J.D. Power’s report. The rankings start on Page 3.
This year’s satisfaction study is based on at least 1,300 — and in the case of refrigerators, more than 4,000 — customer evaluations for each of the products listed above.
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The most reliable brand
Samsung and LG are both well-known manufacturers. But the most reliable brand in America is not exactly a household name.
As we reported, Speed Queen took top honors in Consumer Reports’ second annual Appliance Brand Reliability Rankings.
The victory was no fluke — Speed Queen earned the same ranking last year.
If you can’t decide between Samsung and LG when buying a kitchen appliance, it might help to know that LG also made the Consumer Reports reliability honor roll, finishing third.
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In 1998, while visiting Japan, Hamendra and Rati Sharma would walk to the train station every day and see a store by Poggenpohl, a leading German kitchen brand.
Captivated by the luxurious designs on display, inspired the couple to start a business that would bring luxury and modular kitchens to India.
The duo made this dream a reality in 1998 by starting SIS Imports in Mumbai, bringing Poggenpohl to the Indian market. In 2015, the business was rebranded to Plusch, and is responsible for introducing several German luxury kitchen, wardrobe and furniture brands to India.
Their daughter Sukriti Sharma, who is a partner at Plusch, tells SMBStory, “Not many people believed in my parents’ dream because no one felt there was a market for luxury kitchens [in India]. But we pioneered the movement and brought brands like Poggenpohl, Eggersmann, and Beckermann for kitchens; Interluebke and Schmalenbach for wardrobes; and COR, Draenert, and Walter Knoll for furniture.”
She claims that Plusch is presently raking in an annual turnover of Rs 25 crore, and has 80 employees across India.
Enduring a difficult start
Originally from Kanpur, both Hamendra and Rati grew up in families that dealt in the manufacturing business. While Hamendra’s father was in the steel business, Rati’s father worked in the plywood industry.
To start SIS Imports, the couple got their initial investment from their families and took up a small kitchen design store in Mumbai on rent, and imported the kitchen displays and appliances for Rs 25 lakh.
At a time when luxury kitchens were almost unheard of in India, it was unsurprising that not everyone took kindly to the business.
“People would enter the showroom in Mumbai and hurl abuse at my parents for selling a kitchen as expensive as a house in the city,” says Sukriti.
The entrepreneurs also faced challenges in getting customs clearances for the imports. Educating potential premium buyers about the feasibility and advantages of using a luxury modular kitchen made in Germany was an uphill battle as well.
As a result, it took the business six months to make its first sale. Since then, there has been no looking back as word-of-mouth brought more customers to their doorstep, helping them grow.
Joining the family business
Sukriti became involved in the business when she was just 18-years-old.
“I was studying at King’s College in London, where I interned with Poggenpohl. During my summer holidays, I would work with my parents and assist in training employees on the shop floor,” she says.
After her graduation, she came back to India to formally join the business. Setting up a showroom in Hyderabad, she spearheaded the rebranding of the organisation from SIS Imports to Plusch.
According to her, rebranding the business to a German-sounding name complemented its drive to bring more German brands to India.
“Our clients were happy with the product quality of the luxury kitchens and started requesting us
Whether your grilling, slow cooking or just adding a bit of kick to your bag lunches, the right barbecue sauce is essential for country-style dishes. If you manage to find the right one—the kind with the right amount of sweetness, tang, smokiness and powerful flavor—you’re set. But have you been to the grocery store lately? (Of course, you have!) There are more barbecue sauces than you could ever imagine. Don’t waste your time trying bottle after bottle of OK sauce—rely on our Test Kitchen who put 10 big names to the test.
Everyone needs a great bottle of barbecue sauce that’s not only delicious, but that perfect blend of flavors to please everyone at the potluck. This sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s. This classic brand offered a mildly sweet barbecue flavor with just a hint of vinegar. Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce also offered just the lightest touch of heat, too—perfect for adding just a little pep to your grill-out.
All in all, it’s the right balance here: Nothing too overpowering so you won’t blow Grandma away with heat, but you’ll also get nods of approval from your favorite foodie.
Best Sweet and Savory Blend: 365 Everyday Value Barbecue Sauce
365 Everyday Value (a Whole Foods and Amazon exclusive) impressed our judges with its perfect balance of flavors. This BBQ gave us rich and sweet molasses balanced out with savory, smoky flavors. The hint of smoke here is nice so you get that flame-grilled taste even if you haven’t fired up the ol’ grill.
Texture-wise, the Test Kitchen found this Whole Foods brand to be right in the middle—not too thick or thin. This makes it easy to brush onto chicken or spread onto a sandwich without having to worry about it either dripping off. This brand was just a touch on the sweeter side overall—if you prefer something with a bit more bite, check out our second pick.
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It’s more difficult to find deals on indie brands than the ones everyone knows about.
Cara Cara is a new site that focuses specifically on deals from non-mainstream clothing, accessory, and home brands.
At Cara Cara, you can get up to 50% off brands like Charlotte Stone, Rachel Antonoff, and Dusen Dusen. Nothing on the site costs more than $200, and there’s free standard shipping for orders over $30.
Simple and versatile basics may form the foundation of your closet, but it’s always the offbeat and slightly quirky items that are more exciting to wear. You know the ones — the smaller, indie brands you can find at local boutiques, retailers like Bando and Urban Outfitters, or directly on the brand’s site. Advertisement
But one frustration shoppers tend to encounter with these smaller brands is that it’s hard to know where else to shop them, or how to keep track of when the things they want go on sale.
Cara Cara, founded by the former buyer at Bando, is a new site devoted to deals from non-mainstream clothing, accessory, and home brands. What Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx are to older generations who like buying name brands, Cara Cara is to younger generations who typically shop at digitally native brands or boutique stores. The desire to save money while doing so, however, doesn’t disappear with this demographic.
While at Bando, Rachel Gannon built its third-party buying strategy into a multimillion-dollar operation in two years. As she onboarded larger brands like Levi’s and Vans, curated unique vendors, and stayed atop the latest product trends, she saw how difficult it was for smaller brands to move through their excess inventory. They often relied on sample sales to get rid of inventory, but still lacked the scale and voice to make it happen efficiently.
Cara Cara, therefore, is helping out both parties stuck in an inefficient system. Small brands get a larger audience and platform for excess inventory, and price-minded shoppers can find cool and interesting clothing that’s not available everywhere.
At Cara Cara, you can get up to 50% off brands like Charlotte Stone, Rachel Antonoff, and Dusen Dusen. Sometimes, the discounts run deeper. Nothing on the site costs more than $200 and there’s free standard shipping for orders over $30. There are also free returns within 30 days. Advertisement
Even as Cara Cara grows and adds partner brands, Gannon takes special care to keep the collections focused. “The brands we carry on the site are smaller indie brands, but really well designed,” she says. The majority are also women-owned. Seasonality is another important consideration. Gannon says, “The pieces are special and seasonless — things you want to buy no matter what time of year it is.”
Here is a sampling of great deals that are live on Cara Cara now. Inventory can move quickly, so check back to the site often to find