Secai Marche, a farm-to-table success platform serving farmers in Japan and Southeast Asia, introduced in the present day it has raised 210 million Japanese yen (about $1.6 million USD) in Series A funding. The spherical included participation from enterprise capital agency The Agribusiness Investment and Consultation Co., Spiral Ventures Asia Fund I and Beyond Next Ventures.
This brings the startup’s complete raised to date to $4.5 million. TechCrunch final lined Secai Marche when it raised seed funding from Rakuten and Beyond Next in 2021.
Since its seed funding, Secai Marche has constructed out its warehouse administration and success system for perishables and established a chilly provide chain from farm to end-users that covers greater than 300 farmers. Founder Ami Sugiyama instructed TechCrunch that by optimizing its provide chain and minimizing lead time for deliveries, Secai Marche is ready to preserve a wastage charge of lower than 1%.
Sugiyama mentioned that the meals service distribution business in Southeast Asia could be very giant however extremely fragmented and inefficient. Secai Marche helps clean bumps alongside the F&B provide chain with its in-house software program, like a warehouse administration system and demand forecast for perishable objects. Over 4,000 objects can be found on the platform from farmers in Southeast Asia and Japan, together with greens, fruit, eggs and seafood. They promote to greater than 500 retailers and HORECA (lodges, eating places and catering) prospects.
Secai Marche strives to distinguish from different farm merchandise wholesale platforms by offering an end-to-end success resolution open to all farmers, which suggests it carries a greater diversity of merchandise, and offering extra transparency.
The funding might be used to develop Secai Marche’s demand forecast system and optimize truck routing because it expands its service areas.