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HelloFresh SE
MDAX Component
IndustryMeal kit
FoundedNovember 2011; 10 years ago (2011-11)
  • Dominik Richter
  • Thomas Griesel
  • Jessica Nilsson
Key people
  • Dominik Richter (CEO)
  • Thomas Griesel (COO)
  • Christian Gartner (CFO)
  • Nuno Simaria (CTO)
  • Maximilian Backhaus (CMO)
Revenue€1.28 billion (2018)[1]
€1.80 billion (2019)[2]
Number of employees
11860[3] (2021)

HelloFresh SE is a German publicly traded meal-kit company based in Berlin, Germany. It is the largest meal-kit provider in the United States,[4] and also has operations in Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden, and Western Europe (including the UK, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands).

It has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since its IPO in November 2017.


Logo used from 2016 to 5 October 2020.

HelloFresh was founded in November 2011 by Dominik Richter, Thomas Griesel, and Jessica Nilsson in Berlin, Germany.[5] Richter and Griesel packed and hand-delivered to the first 10 customers.[6] It was one of the earlier companies in the meal-kit industry.[7] They were initially funded by Rocket Internet, a German startup studio company. They first started delivering meal kits to paying customers in early 2012, and expanded to the Netherlands, UK, US and Australia the same year. By 2014, the company claimed to be delivering 1 million meals per month.[5] They raised $50 million in a 2014 funding round, after having raised $10 million in 2012 and $7 million in 2013.[7]

By March 2015, the company had 250,000 subscribers, although it was still not profitable.[8] In September of that year, it was valued at €2.6 billion in a funding round where it raised €75 million, making it a unicorn company.[8] The company was still majority-owned by Rocket Internet at that time. It cancelled a planned IPO in November, due to concerns about the company's proposed value.[9] It experienced significant growth during the year, with 530,000 subscribers by the end of October.[10] It had 750,000 subscribers by July 2016,[11] and 1.3 million by the third quarter of 2017.[12]

In October 2017, the company announced a planned IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange to raise $350 million.[12] On November 2, the company completed its IPO, valuing it at €1.7 billion.[13] At the time of its IPO, the company had a market capitalization of more than double Blue Apron, its largest US-based competitor.[14]

In March 2018, HelloFresh acquired Green Chef, a US organic meal-kit company.[4]

In October 2018, Toronto-based HelloFresh Canada acquired Chefs Plate, a Canadian meal-kit company.[15]

In 2019, Rocket Internet sold its remaining stake in HelloFresh by accelerated book building to international institutional investors.[16][17] Rocket Internet had held 30.6% of HelloFresh as of the end of 2018.[18]


HelloFresh's business model is to prepare the ingredients needed for a meal, and deliver them to customers, who must then cook the meal using recipe cards,[19] which takes around 30–40 minutes.[20] It generally provides about three two-person meals a week for about $60 to $70.[7] It offers a choice from about 19 recipes.[21] In the United States, HelloFresh offers a wine-subscription service, based on that of its competitor Blue Apron.[22] In several markets, it provides "Rapid Box" meals which take only 20 minutes to prepare.[23] In March 2018, HelloFresh announced their acquisition of Green Chef, the USDA-certified organic meal kit company. HelloFresh will now offer the largest selection of meal plans for consumers, adding Green Chef's popular organic vegan and gluten-free menus, including those plans compliant with Paleo and Keto diets.[24]

The company's US operations were responsible for 60% of revenues as of November 2017, and it has approximately 44% of the American market.[13] HelloFresh also has operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Norway, and Denmark.

Union drive[edit]

Warehouse workers in Aurora, Colorado and Richmond, California initiated a union drive with UNITE-HERE in September 2021.[25] HelloFresh management responded by hiring Kulture Consulting a union busting consulting firm.[25] Aurora election is scheduled for November 22nd and Richmond for December 15.[26] In Newark and Totowa, New Jersey, HelloFresh workers are unionizing with Brotherhood of Amalgamated Trades.[27]


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  2. ^ "HelloFresh Annual Report 2019" (PDF). HelloFresh SE. March 3, 2020. p. 3. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "HelloFresh profile", Craft, retrieved August 13, 2019
  4. ^ a b Molla, Rani (March 26, 2018). "HelloFresh is now bigger than Blue Apron in the U.S." Recode. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
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  6. ^ "Our story". HelloFresh Group. Archived from the original on April 27, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c de la Merced, Michael J. (June 18, 2014). "HelloFresh, a Meal Delivery Start-Up, Raises $50 Million". DealBook. The New York Times. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Funding round values German grocery start-up HelloFresh at €2.6bn". Financial Times. September 17, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Huebner, Alexander; Burger, Ludwig (November 8, 2015). "Meal delivery firm HelloFresh puts IPO on hold". Reuters. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Schuetze, Arno; Hübner, Alexander (October 28, 2015). "Loss-making online meal delivery firm HelloFresh plans to go public". Business Insider. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  11. ^ Vines, Richard (July 20, 2016). "A Michelin-Star Chef Tests Four Home-Cooking Delivery Services". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Bray, Chad (October 10, 2017). "HelloFresh, the Meal Delivery Service, Pursues I.P.O. in Frankfurt". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "HelloFresh Is Worth Much More to Investors Than Blue Apron". Fortune. Reuters. November 2, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  14. ^ Auchard, Eric; Schuetze, Arno (November 2, 2017). "UPDATE 2-HelloFresh's bright start contrasts with Blue Apron struggles". Reuters. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  15. ^ Redman, Russell (November 28, 2018). "HelloFresh eyes bigger slice of Canadian meal kit market". supermarketnews.com. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  16. ^ "Rocket Internet sees profits almost double". September 19, 2019.
  17. ^ EQS Group (May 13, 2019). "DGAP-News: Rocket Internet SE: Rocket Internet intends to place its entire shareholding in HelloFresh SE".
  18. ^ "Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the Period January 1 to June 30, 2019" (PDF). September 19, 2019. The decrease of investments in associates by EUR 232.8 million primarily originates from the disposal of shares in HelloFresh and Westwing
  19. ^ "What's in the box?". HelloFresh Canada. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  20. ^ "HelloFresh UK Review". Top 10 Meal Delivery Services. August 31, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  21. ^ "How It Works". HelloFresh. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  22. ^ McCoy, Elin (November 3, 2017). "Wine on Demand? Rating Bottles From Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Caviar". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  23. ^ Rudd, Andy (January 17, 2018). "Average UK household boasts staggering £415 worth of unused cooking gadgets". Daily Mirror. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  24. ^ "HelloFresh Acquires Green Chef". www.businesswire.com. March 20, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  25. ^ a b Gurley, Lauren Kaori (September 16, 2021). "HelloFresh Workers Unionize to Improve Brutal Working Conditions". Vice News. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  26. ^ "'Workers are very afraid': HelloFresh employees aim to unionize amid claims of abuse". the Guardian. November 11, 2021. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  27. ^ Gurley, Lauren Kaori (October 20, 2021). "Hundreds of HelloFresh Workers Are Unionizing in New Jersey". Vice News. Retrieved November 16, 2021.

External links[edit]

Media related to HelloFresh at Wikimedia Commons