Meal Temple expands food delivery serves into Laos

Cambodian food delivery service Meal Temple is now in Laos, following the purchase of from KiwiGroup, Meal Temple announced this week.

With more than 200 restaurants already signed up to the service in the Laotian capital Vientiane, the company will continue to build on the local company’s success, and will add as well, using the same team and network.

Meal Temple founder and CEO Maxime Rosburger (who recently shared his thoughts on e-commerce with Geeks) described the acquisition and move into Laos as one of the company’s pillars to “dominate the frontier markets of Asia.”

“We are really excited with this first acquisition…. The partnership with Kiwi Pay is also of great value as it will allow us to kickstart our logistics services in the country more rapidly.”

Local cashless provider Pi Pay, and Chinese payment giant AliPay are cashless payment options for Meal Temple in Cambodia, and Kiwi Pay, part of the Kiwi Group which sold to Meal Temple, offers cashless payment options in Laos that will be utilised by the expanding delivery service.

After helping to develop Cambodia’s nascent food delivery ecosystem, Meal Temple has explored other logistics options in the Kingdom, including launching a grocery delivery service in 2017, and exploring parcel delivery options using their fleet of electric scooters. The purchase of follows an undisclosed “6-figure” investment in October.

With the success of ride hailing, food and parcel delivery and cashless apps in Cambodia proving the viability of fintech and digital solutions to logistical problems, Meal Temple’s push into Laos is an interesting move, and Geeks will be watching to see how the Cambodian company does in our northern neighbour.