Scottish vegan startup doubles turnover and has appetite for expansion

Planet Kuku, the Edinburgh food business that produces vegan frittata has more than doubled its sales in two years.

The impressive growth comes as the firm has supplied clients such as Lomond Food Group, Margiotta, Real Foods and independent cafes with its Middle Eastern-style snacks with £90,000 of produce in the last year, up from £37,000 in 2017.

It has expanded into larger premises at Telferton Industrial Estate in Portobello with support from Business Gateway Edinburgh and aims to double turnover again to £200,000.

The story began when Co-founders Mat Noniewicz and Maria Janowczyk started making their dish, known as Kuku, sing chickpeas, flower, water and Scottish cold pressed rapeseed oil, in their home in 2015 and selling at markets and food events.

In 2017 they moved into a shared commercial kitchen and took on a full-time member of staff to meet demand and their new 1800 sq ft base has the capacity to target more food suppliers, shops and cafes across Scotland.

Noniewicz commented:  “We are delighted with the growth of Planet Kuku, especially over the last year, which is thanks to many organisations who have helped us along the way including Business Gateway Edinburgh.