BOLT DEBUTS FOOD DELIVERY SERVICES IN AFRICA AS SECTOR CONTINUES RAPID GROWTH
Bolt, the ride-sharing platform based in Europe, has launched food delivery services in several African countries as part of its continuing global expansion.
The company, founded in Estonia in 2013, is partnering with restaurants and couriers in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya to offer the new service.
It comes amid the rapid expansion of app-based food delivery services in Africa as well as in Asia, Europe and North America.
Bolt began offering food deliveries in its home market of Estonia two years ago, a move that turned out to be well timed, as the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly increased demand for these services.
At the time of its European launch, Bolt Food announced its intention to ultimately expand into Africa.
In comments reported by African media, Edgar Kipngetich Kitur, Bolt Food’s country manager for Kenya, said that food delivery “has been a popular request for quite some time”.
“The infrastructure and experience we have built up with our ride-hailing business give us a good platform to expand and diversify our services,” he said.
Bolt, which describes itself as “the leading European mobility platform focused on making urban travel more affordable, convenient and responsible”, states that it has more than 75 million customers and 2.5 million drivers in 45 countries.
Among the other companies offering food deliveries in Kenya are Kune, which recently raised $1 million in seed funding, and Glovo.