Direct-to-Consumer Pet Food Co. Receives Significant Investment
PetPlate, a direct-to-consumer subscription service that delivers fresh-cooked pet meals, is the most recent pet food subscription service to receive millions of dollars from investors.
The company closed a $4 million seed round led by Dane Creek Capital. Other notable investors include Amity Supply, SWAT Equity, The Yard Ventures, Castor Ventures and BrandProject. The company will use the funds to scale operations to meet demand.
Several other direct-to-consumer pet food subscription services have received millions of dollars from investors, including New York-based Ollie and The Farmer’s Dog in New York.
New York-based PetPlate sells human-grade meals for dogs in pre-portioned containers that can be served straight from the fridge or warmed up in a microwave. The meals are kettle-cooked in a USDA facility, using fresh meat, produce, and a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals, and are formulated for a dog's diet by the company's veterinary clinical nutritionist, Dr. Renee Streeter.
"We are delighted to support PetPlate in its mission to become the market leader in the DTC fresh pet food category," said Mark Warren, chairman and CEO of Dane Creek Capital Corp. "Demand for a healthy alternative to kibble will grow exponentially in the next few years. Given the superior quality of PetPlate and the emotional connection that consumers have with the brand, we are confident in the team's ability to lead this next generation of pet food."
PetPlate was founded by Renaldo Webb in 2016 to address the need for better quality dog food. As a former operations consultant, Webb saw firsthand the inferior ingredients and substandard cooking processes used to make kibble and other mass-market pet food. Inspired by his dog Winston, he launched PetPlate to ensure that his dog, along with millions of other dogs, could easily access fresh-cooked meals that are balanced for a dog's diet.
"I'm thrilled to be joining forces with the Dane Creek Capital team," said Webb. "Their unparalleled expertise and experience in the pet space makes them a unique partner to help take PetPlate to the next level. As founders of Pethealth, Inc., one of the largest aggregators of pet data in N.A., they understand how to build new markets and affect consumer behavior."