South Korea’s leading food delivery app operator Woowa Brothers announced June 10 that it has launched a Vietnamese version of Baemin in Ho Chi Minh City.
With the launch in the Southeast Asian nation, Woowa Brothers aims to bring “Korean culture, flavor and know-how” to Vietnam, according to the Korean food delivery firm.
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Baemin offers ordinary meals from mom-and-pop kitchens, international cuisine from foreign restaurants -- Western, Asian and more -- as well as premium brand coffee, tea and desserts from franchise brands, such as Phuc Long, Gong Cha and Koi.
Woowa Brothers’ nine years of experience in South Korea will allow the Vietnamese unit to process a massive volume of orders simultaneously and connect users, restaurants and riders.
The startup unicorn seeks to gradually expand from Ho Chi Minh City to other Southeast Asian cities including Hanoi, though details have yet to be revealed.
“We don’t want to rush, or take aggressive strategies, to outgun our rivals,” said Woowa Brothers Vietnam CEO and General Director Ihn Ki-wan in a statement. “We believe it would be better for us to make efforts to win the trust of users, restaurant owners, riders and the local communities first.”
Woowa Brothers had reportedly acquired local food delivery firm Vietnammm in February 2019, the first overseas acquisition of the Seoul-based startup.
Founded in 2010, Woowa Brothers is estimated to attract over 10 million active users that make more than 30 million orders each month, as of this year.
Valued at $2.6 billion as of 2018, Woowa Brothers raised $320 million in its latest round of funding led by investment firm Hillhouse Capital in December 2018.
By Son Ji-hyoung (firstname.lastname@example.org)