Grubmarket, a kind of virtual farmer’s market, announced today it has raised a $60 million Series D round, according to TechCrunch. The round included participation from BlackRock, Reimagined Ventures, Trinity Capital Investment, Celtic House Venture Partners, Marubeni Ventures, Sixty Degree Capital, and Mojo Partners. It also included participation from existing investors GGV Capital, WI Harper Group, Digital Garage, CentreGold Capital, and Scrum Ventures. It brings Grubmarket’s total funding to roughly $180 million.
Grubmarket founder and CEO Mike Xu also told TC that his company, which is profitable, plans to go public but did not give an exact time for an IPO.
Grubmarket runs a virtual farmer’s market, sourcing food directly from farmers then selling it online to businesses and individual consumers. Customers can choose from a range of food items from local farms, fisheries, and even some restaurants and meal kit companies. Just as they would on other food delivery marketplaces, customers order their items via the Grubmarket app or website and can either pick them up or have them delivered for a small fee.
The company also operates the WholesaleWare platform, an all-in-one platform for food businesses to manage everything from their inventory and customer relationships to their drivers’ routes and payroll reports. Xu told TC that since the COVID-19 pandemic, sales of WholesaleWare “have seen more than 800% growth over last year.”
That growth shouldn’t surprise too much, as online grocery sales continue trending up in response to the pandemic’s effect on in-store grocery shopping habits. Additionally, we’ve seen an uptick in e-commerce platforms connecting consumers directly to farmers. Chipotle, for example, launched a direct-to-consumer virtual farmer’s market in June, and there are plenty of smaller, regional players, like Good Eggs in San Francisco and Farmdrop in the U.K.
For now, Grubmarket is available to customers in parts of the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Seattle, Michigan, Texas, Boston, and New York, among other places.