Hello and welcome to Kiki’s Grocery Delivery Service! Based out of Vancouver, BC, we're offering you all the food you want, delivered right to your home. Because who wants to carry groceries in the rain?
We’re a fun, young group of folks that believe that healthy living and convenience can coexist in harmony. Our delivery business is developed by the family-run grocery chain, Persia Foods. The Vancouver community knows us for our accessible prices, wide variety of products, and the local, seasonal focus we take. With technology playing a growing role in customer service, we decided to give the products of Persia Foods a digital arm.
We developed our business to help everyone short on time and with difficulty accessing transportation for their food. Be it cyclists, stay-at-home parents, college students, or busy professionals, there are so many groups of people looking for solutions to getting healthy, affordable produce into their homes. Grocery delivery doesn’t have to be a luxury – we believe everyone should be able to access good food at reasonable prices.
Where’s the name from?
We took our name from the anime film of the 1980’s. It’s a Japanese film about a young witch that delivers baked goods from her broom. You should watch it!
Feedback from shoppers has always been the #1 way of learning about what to carry on our shelves. Our own team will push for certain products we care about. For example, Sobbuh was the one pushing for organics. Today we carry products with very competitive prices – our organic coconut milk is only $1.79. We strive to get our customers the best value for the products they want.
Local & Seasonal
We work with local farmers as much as possible to get well-priced produce and offer our shoppers items that are in season. Local produce is also cheaper to acquire as the transportation costs are lower. We think local buying makes sense, and we try and leverage the local farmer community within BC whenever possible. It’s a decision that we stand behind because of our values and upbringing.
The Behrouzi family takes sustainability as far as it can in its operations. We look for packaging that is BPA-free when possible and try to reduce our environmental footprint. We pack our produce for Kiki's in green bins and avoid using plastic. We believe getting groceries delivered can actually be done with less waste than going to the store.
So what can we expect from you?
Kiki’s is growing, FAST! We collaborate with bloggers and home chefs across Vancouver to spread the word about what we're up to.
We’re thrilled to have a service that can build and engage the digital community amongst food-makers and food lovers – it’s something that Persia Foods hadn’t stepped into in our two decades of business. The online community is only growing, and it’s an amazing opportunity for a business like ours to bring people together. We have the produce – they have the cooking and photography talent, and a digital community of fans and supporters!
We’re actively looking for bloggers to work with as partners, so if you or someone you know is a good fit, please get in touch with us! Additionally, we will be putting on events and chef collaborations in the coming months. If you know any spaces or chefs that would be interested in getting involved, we’d be glad to connect and get the conversation started.
About Persia Foods
How did it all begin? In 1986, a family of Iranian refugees arrived in Vancouver. Parviz, his wife, and their two children came to an unknown land with nothing. Parviz had been a businessman in Iran, buying produce for cheap in one city and selling it for more in another. He and his wife began working the typical labour jobs that immigrants take on – doing manual labour, cleaning homes, and the like. In 1996, they bought an 800 square foot store. It was on 48th and Main. They opened a Persian grocery store outside where the usual markets opened up, typically North Vancouver, as the highest concentration of Persian immigrants resided there. It was the only store of its kind in the neighbourhood at the time.
After initial success with the first location, they opened a second one in North Vancouver. They opened one in Coquitlam, but sold it as their oldest son was in school at the time and they didn’t have time to run it. Next came a store in West Vancouver, then Broadway and Macdonald, then Kingsway. The latest addition was Commercial and First Avenue, opened in 2015.
“We had always planned for being a large chain,” comments Quddous, the eldest of the three children. “The Iranian community knows my father. They know he works with farmers and producers in Iran, and they know he keeps his prices fair for them to this day. At the same time, we’ve always strived to have competitive prices, and our customers know us for that. We’ve been working with these producers for twenty years, so the prices we’ve negotiated are very good based on our long-term relationships – better than any new business trying to forge the same deals.” Quddous has been involved in the business since the age of 13. Today, he manages general operations. His youngest brother, Sobbuh, works on the technical side of the business and launching new businesses under the Persia Foods umbrella. An online grocery delivery business, Kiki’s, was launched last year, as was a coffee line, Pistol & Burnes, and a private label of grocery products, Maryam’s, named after their middle sister. From juices to vinegars to oils, it’s quickly growing with new products continuously being added to the roster. Meanwhile, Maryam runs her own vegan cosmetics line out of Portland, Oregon.
For inquiries and collaborations, please get in touch with our marketing manager, Sonya, at firstname.lastname@example.org.