Singapore-based food tech company TiffinLabs announced this week it has acquired access to kitchen space in 1,000 locations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia to create a global network of virtual restaurant brands.
The company, which was founded in 2019, is known for the nine different virtual restaurant brands it operates out of its kitchens in Singapore. According to a press release, TiffinLabs will bring five of these brands to the U.S., starting in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, and Austin in the fourth quarter of 2020. It also has plans to bring its restaurants to London, Manchester, and Birmingham in the U.K.
TiffinLabs uses what it calls an “AI-driven kitchen operating and management system” to “identify food trends and consumer preferences.” In other words, the company identifies food trends and demands in specific areas and plans its locations and cuisine types around those factors. The company also uses this data-driven model to improve improve its ingredient supply chain and research and develop the best packaging for delivery meals.
It is one of several restaurant chains that is currently focused on creating global virtual brands and ghost kitchens. Fat Brands recently partnered with Epic Kitchens to open 20 ghost kitchens across the U.S. And Phillipenes-based Jollibee just opened its first ghost kitchen in Chicago. Other big-name brands — Chick-fil-A and the Halal Guys among them — have partnered with the likes of Kitchen United and DoorDash to get their food into areas where they do not necessarily have standalone locations.
TiffinLabs’ founder and chairman Kishin RK said in a statement that over the next three years, we’ll see two types of winners in the ghost kitchen/virtual restaurant space: local niche players creating specialty cuisine and global delivery players that serve all parts of the globe. TiffinLabs looks to be aiming for the latter category with its forthcoming expansion.