Sumary of ‘Ghost kitchens’ boom in Asia as pandemic sparks huge demand:
- This photo taken on August 18, 2021 shows bags of meals (C) from Taiwan company Just Kitchen, a network of “ghost kitchens” that make delivery-only food, being picked up at one of their locations in Taipei.
- Sam Yeh / AFP TAIPEI – In an industrial unit on the outskirts of Taipei chefs are plating meals that will never be served in a restaurant: welcome to the world of “ghost kitchens”.
- Even before the pandemic sent an earthquake through the global restaurant trade, the “Amazonification” of commercial kitchens was well underway, but coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions have fuelled explosive growth in Asia.
- The recent boom in food delivery apps meant customers were already used to having restaurant quality meals quickly delivered to their homes.
- To meet that demand a growing number of restaurants set up delivery only kitchens — also known as “cloud kitchens” — or rented space in ones.
- Regional delivery giants like Singapore-based Grab and Indonesia’s GoJek have also jumped on the trend.
- The global ghost kitchen industry is expected to grow more than 12 percent each year to be worth some $139.37 billion by 2028, according to a report by Researchandmarkets.
- For many in the region’s densely populated cities, where living space is at a premium, eating daily from cheap restaurants or food stalls is more affordable and viable than cooking at home.