13 Food Delivery Business Success Stories [2023]

Updated: January 18th, 2023
Start A Food Delivery Business

In today’s busy lifestyles and schedules, cooking is no longer a priority to many. People like to order-in food from their nearest restaurants or food joints and enjoy a meal in the comfort of their homes.

The food delivery business is like a courier service through which restaurants deliver food to their customers.

You can offer retail food delivery services to restaurants within your locality if you have a truck. Customers order through a restaurant or grocer’s website, and the owners contact you to deliver.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a food delivery business:

1. Cameron's Seafood ($3.6M/year)

Cameron Manesh (from Rockville, Maryland, USA) started Cameron's Seafood about 6 years ago.

$300K / month
2 founders / 10 employees
Rockville, Maryland, USA

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My name is Cameron and I am the name and co-founder behind Cameron’s Seafood. We catch, cook, chill, pack, and ship Maryland Crabs and crab cakes to your doorstep (to all 50 states) on a date you choose. Our food is made daily and shipped fresh, not frozen in less than 24 hours.

  • I love taking old businesses and adding technology to help them reach their potential. My cousin and I run the home delivery business and plan to hit $20,000,000 by year 3.


2. Full Belly Fare ($168K/year)

Lyla Wolfenstein (from Portland, Oregon, USA) started Full Belly Fare ago.

$14K / month
1 founders / 3 employees
Portland, Oregon, USA

Case Study

Hello! My name is Lyla and I am the founder and owner Full Belly Fare, Handcrafted Dinners Delivered, in Portland, Oregon. We offer an array of delicious food products, with a menu that emphasizes organic ingredients, changes weekly, is customizable to nearly any special diet and is hand-delivered to customers’ homes or places of business once per week.

When Full Belly Fare opened in 2014, we made deliveries to an average of 10 households per week. Now we average 35 or 50 households per week, and we’ve also expanded our menu beyond a few weekly meals to include a wide array of “pantry” items that are available every week and make our customers’ lives even easier!


Learn more about starting a food delivery business:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a food delivery business?
-> Pros and cons of a food delivery business

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established food delivery business
-> Marketing ideas for a food delivery business
-> Food delivery business names
-> Food delivery business Instagram captions

Other resources

-> Food delivery business tips

4. Spork Bytes ($3M/year)

Tim Taylor (from Portland, Oregon, USA) started Spork Bytes over 9 years ago.

$250K / month
2 founders / 7 employees
Portland, Oregon, USA

Case Study

It’s lunchtime at the office. Everyone is hungry and anxious for a break from the workday. The team walks into the kitchen only to find it’s pizza for lunch. Again. Or maybe instead of pizza it’s a bland boxed-lunch style sandwich. Either way, these types of mundane meals repeat themselves in offices on a daily basis.

Our initial funding came in the form of a $15,000 loan from friends and family. We were able to pay that off in the first year and Spork Bytes has been profitable since then. Annual revenue was $2 Million in 2018 and we’re on pace to exceed $3 Million in 2019 thanks to an average growth rate of 50 percent over the last three years.


5. Send Eats ($4.62M/year)

Chris Koerner (from Dallas, TX, USA) started Send Eats almost 4 years ago.

$385K / month
2 founders / 8 employees

Case Study

My name is Chris Koerner and I run Send Eats with my co-founder Kirk Salisbury. Send Eats does lightning-fast order fulfillment for eCommerce brands. Our customers are primarily Shopify store owners that would rather spend time growing and marketing their business as opposed to packing boxes all day.

This business was started by accident in late 2019 when a friend asked for help selling his product online. I helped him as a favor, but when COVID-19 hit I saw that eCommerce would quickly be playing a much bigger role in our lives than it had previously. Throughout 2020 we went from packing dozens of orders per month to tens of thousands of orders per month.


6. Your Driver Mike ($168K/year)

$14K / month

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7. @BrandiVBlazin ($48K/year)

$4K / month

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8. Food Apps Company ($144K/year)

$12K / month

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9. trackin.co ($6M/year)

Bruno founded Trackin, a startup that releases technology for companies to start a food delivery business. Today, Trackin is making +$167k/month!

$500K / month

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Bruno founded Trackin, a startup that releases technology for companies to start a food delivery business. Today, Trackin is making +$167k/month!

10. Jaju Pierogi ($960K/year)

Casey and Vanessa White (from Lynn, MA, USA) started Jaju Pierogi almost 7 years ago.

$80K / month
2 founders / 5 employees

Case Study

Hello! My name is Casey White and I am the co-owner of Jaju Pierogi, alongside my sister Vanessa White. We started our pierogi manufacturing journey back in 2016 with farmers' markets and pop-up events. We both worked in the corporate world but knew pierogi may be something to explore.

As of August 2022, we are in multiple grocery chains and over 650 specialty independent stores. Our monthly revenue hovers between $80,000-$100,000.


11. Gopuff ($1B/year)

When the pandemic hit, Gopuff cofounder and co-CEO Rafael Ilishayev saw a giant surge in orders at his 9-year-old delivery startup. Hear how he’s ridden the ...

Yakir Gola and Rafael Ilishayev (from Philadelphia, PA, USA) started Gopuff over 10 years ago.

$83.3M / month
2 founders / 3615 employees

Case Study

Gopuff, a leading food & consumer goods delivery service, was started in 2013 by two Drexel University students, Yakir Gola and Rafael Ilishayev.

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the business began as an on-demand hookah delivery business but has now grown to provide food and supplies.

This consumer products delivery business operates on an on-demand basis. The firm mostly fulfills deliveries for food, drinks, alcohol, home essentials, and other necessities you typically find in a convenience shop.

GoPuff's business model is distinct from those of other delivery firms. The firm operates its warehouses, where it stockpiles items and fills orders on demand.

Rafael, born in Russia, began his career at his father’s sandwich restaurant and afterward at a banquet hall that his father had purchased. Yakir, the son of an Israeli immigrant, used to work in his father’s cash-for-gold store.

The genesis of GoPuff began in 2011, when its creators, Rafael Ilishayev and Yakir Gola, met in a Business 101 class at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

In less than a decade, the company has evolved into a multibillion-dollar corporation serving over 1000 locations. In 2021, GoPuff generated $1 billion in revenue, three times what it did in 2020.

GoPuff has raised $3.4 billion over nine rounds, with its latest $1 billion funding round in July 2021. The company is valued at a massive $15 billion.


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12. Food Fleet ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora (from Los Angeles, California, USA) started Food Fleet over 11 years ago.

$1.5M / month
2 founders / 6 employees
Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

I started my career at the world-famous Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles Apprenticing under Certified Master Chef Raimund Hofmeister.

Food Fleet’s growth Year after year has been at an at over 30 %. From 2017-2018 we had an unprecedented 160% growth spurt. With a team of 6, including my partner and I, we managed over 20 million in sales for our clients. As an example. We took over a convention center 3 years ago managing their food truck business. For their largest event of the year, we were up 53% over the previous year. I honestly would have to equate some of that success to the under-reporting of sales by the previous operator. But the following year we were up 19% from that figure and again close to that this year. That is due in large part to our understanding of transaction times, menu mix, the equipment in each truck or pop up and other factors.

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