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Since raising $16 million in funding in 2021, Pepper has doubled its customer based and released 100 new features, it said.

Pepper announced it raised $30 million in a Series B funding round. The ecommerce platform for food distributors will use the money to invest in generative artificial intelligence (AI), add new advertising capabilities and make other improvements, it said.

The round was led by investment firm Iconiq Growth. Existing investors from Index Ventures, Greylock, Imaginary and Harmony Partners also participated. Richa Mehta, principal at Iconiq, will also join Pepper’s board of directors.

“The tremendous support from ICONIQ Growth and our existing investors not only validates our vision but also reinforces our position as the most trusted and transparent technology partner in the foodservice distribution industry,” said Bowie Cheung, CEO and cofounder of Pepper. “This funding will enable us to accelerate our roadmap, focusing on innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers and strengthen their operations.”

About Pepper

New York City-based Pepper was founded as a startup in 2019. Cofounder Cheung previously spent four years at Uber Eats, according to his LinkedIn. The ecommerce platform works to help independent food service distributors find new customers, grow revenue and become more efficient, it says. 

Pepper raised $30 million in Series B funding.

Pepper raised $30 million in Series B funding.

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Pepper previously raised $16 million in a funding round in 2021. At the time, Cheung said the investment would accelerate product development in important areas like digital payments and product recommendations. 

In 2024, Pepper now has more than 140 food distribution customers and more than 16 thousand operators. Since the last funding round, Pepper doubled its customer base and released 100 new features, it said.

How Pepper will use the new funding

The technology vendor shared some plans for investing the $30 million.

“This new funding will enable us to significantly accelerate product development and growth of our customer support teams, so that we can deliver even more value to independents,” Cheung said in a LinkedIn post.

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Pepper will “double down” on these key areas, it said:

  • Generative AI: Pepper says AI will make operations more efficient by creating order guides and turning voicemails into orders, among other uses.
  • Customer relationship management (CRM): It will improve CRM capabilities with features like streamlined identification and setup and dynamic product recommendations.
  • Product library expansion: Pepper uses AI to curate the food service product library.
  • Advertising: It will implement new features like targeted advertising campaigns and sponsored search keywords.
  • Ecommerce UX enhancements: Pepper will improve customer experience through investment in product displays, expanded analytics, and enhanced offline capabilities.

“We’re still in the early innings of digital transformation for one of the oldest and most important industries around. There’s so much more work to be done,” Cheung said in the post. He added that Pepper is hiring for roles across engineering, marketing, sales, customer success, and business development.

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