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Hungry for more: Delivery Hero acquires its rival pizza.de

Delivery Hero, the parent company of Lieferheld, today announced the acquisition of its largest competitor pizza.de. This step makes the Berlin-based company Delivery Hero the clear market leader of the online food ordering industry in Germany. Sources familiar with the matter told us that the purchase price was above €250 million. That’s a lot of cash, even for a company like Delivery Hero that so far has raised a total of almost $300 million.

Pizza.de was founded in 2007 and soon became the leading online platform for food ordering in Germany. The pizza.de brand is especially popular among students and young people and has continuously evolved through innovations such as real-time delivery tracking.

Lieferheld and pizza.de will remain independent brands with strong brand profiles, at least for now. Combined they are defacto the leading online food ordering company in Germany.; restaurants that cooperate with both brands can now be serviced by a single point of contact. The Delivery Hero Group, which was founded in 2011, will now focus on growth in its successful international markets, particularly in Asia and Latin America.

Niklas Östberg, the CEO of Delivery Hero said: “With pizza.de and Lieferheld we now have two strong brands in our home market, which significantly improves our position in a highly competitive environment.”

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Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).
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