MINNEAPOLIS — Wicked Kitchen, a UK-based plant-based meals company, raised $14 million in a Series A funding round led by Unovis Asset Management and NRF Nove Foods.
Created in 2018 by brothers Derek and Chad Sarno, Wicked Kitchen offers a range of flavor-forward vegan products, including lunch and breakfast options, frozen ready meals, meal kits, sauces, mayos and pestos. Two years after launching in Tesco stores throughout the United Kingdom, the pair is gearing up to introduce the products to American consumers.
“This funding supports the next giant leap in growth and adoption of the Wicked Kitchen product line — a journey that will span the globe,” said Pete Speranza, chief executive officer of Wicked Kitchen. “As was demonstrated by Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, the breadth of offerings Wicked Kitchen brings to market allows motivated regional retail partners to commit to multi cross-category adoption. What Wicked brings into the United States will be unlike anything else that has come before it in the plant-based space.”
Prior to launching Wicked Kitchen, Derek and Chad Sarno co-founded Gathered Foods, maker of the Good Catch plant-based seafood line. The company has established headquarters in Minneapolis and will announce more details about its expansion in the United States in the coming weeks, Mr. Speranza said.