Manna enters US drone delivery market with Coca-Cola HBC investment
Manna, a drone delivery startup with Irish roots, is expanding to the US market with strategic investment from Coca-Cola HBC, the bottling partner of The Coca-Cola Company. Manna says it has partnered with multinational real estate development company Hillwood to initially serve 10,000 residents in Texas’ Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
Manna’s drones are designed to perform deliveries of up to 3.5 kgs (7 lbs) in high-density suburban last-mile settings. With an average flight time of just three minutes, these drones fly at an altitude of 50-80 meters and at a speed of over 60 kph.
In Europe, where the company has been able to demonstrate enviable success with aviation regulator EASA, Manna caters to a Dublin suburb with a population of 35,000, with plans to expand to another 100,000-strong suburb. Approvals from the FAA to begin US operations are yet to come in, but Manna is excited to make drone delivery service available in a 27,000-acre mixed-use community.