Wicked Kitchen raises $20m in bridge funding, triples year-over-year sales

The cash injection will help Wicked Kitchen — which has tripled its year-over-year sales — ramp up global brand awareness and expand distribution into additional retail accounts, food service, and other channels.

“I have known Chad and Derek for many years and have been impressed by their wicked creativity in the kitchen and that they are not afraid to push the boundaries,”​ said Woody Harrelson.

“What I love about this brand is that the products are actually created by chefs that always put flavor first, making it so easy to go plant-based.”

Founded in the UK by brothers and chefs Derek Sarno and Chad Sarno, Wicked Kitchen launched with Tesco in 2018 and in the summer of 2021 entered US retail accounts including Kroger and Sprouts. Its portfolio is broad with a wide variety of frozen and shelf-stable plant-based products including noodle cups, sauces, frozen entrees, pizzas, meal kits, and ice cream (the largest selection of plant-based food under a single brand, it claims).

High-growth year

The funding news comes on the heels of Wicked Kitchen acquiring plant-based seafood brand Good Catch​ (also founded by the Sarno brothers) expanding the company’s reach into frozen and ambient seafood categories. 

“During this high growth phase, it is validating to have support from additional investors who believe in our mission and in the future of plant-based foods,”​  commented Pete Speranza, CEO, Wicked Kitchen.

“This latest round of funding will help us go faster to expand our offerings in the US and abroad and it puts us in a well-poised position as we continue to lead plant-based innovations with flavor-forward products that appeal to vegans and omnivores alike.”

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