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LONDON: May 17, 2019. UK-based restaurant food delivery company Deliveroo says Amazon is leading a new US$575 million funding round, alongside existing investors T. Rowe Price, Fidelity Management and Research and Greenoaks.

Founded in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski, the company says it has now raised US$1.53 billion to deliver food from 80,000 restaurants to consumers in 14 countries.

Deliveroo food companyDeliveroo says the new money will enable it to offer more work for an estimated 60,000 freelance riders and help restaurants to grow their businesses by reaching new customers.

"We're impressed with Deliveroo's approach, and their dedication to providing customers with an ever-increasing selection of great restaurants along with convenient delivery options," said Doug Gurr, Amazon UK Country manager. "Will and his team have built an innovative technology and service, and we're excited to see what they do next."

Deliveroo operates in over 500 towns and cities in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, UAE, Kuwait and the UK.

"Amazon has been an inspiration to me personally and to the company, and we look forward to working with such a customer-obsessed organisation,” declared founder and CEO Will Shu. "This new investment will help [us] to grow and to offer customers even more choice, tailored to their personal tastes, offer restaurants greater opportunities to grow and expand their businesses, and to create more flexible, well-paid work for riders.”

Deliveroo says the top ten dishes delivered on behalf of restuarants and fast-food outlets in 2018 were: 1) Pad Thaï from Thaï at Home, Paris; 2) Cheeseburger from Five Guys, London; 3) Sushi Lovers Poke Bowl from CALI-POKE, Dubai; 4) Burrito from Boojum, Dublin; 5) Bubble Tea from Tenren's Tea, Hong Kong; 6) Grilled Chicken Burrito from Guzman Y Gomez, Sydney; 7) Burrito from Gonzalez & Co, Barcelona; 8) Beef Burger from Tommi's Burger Joint, Berlin; 9) Poke Bowl from Temakery, Amsterdam; and 10) 2 Hot Wings® from KFC, Brighton.

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