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Saudi Catering Supply Startup Kaso Gets $10.5 Million Investment

The B2B restaurant supply chain innovator has launched a new FinTech platform and plans to turn over $1 billion over the next 12 months.

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Founded in 2021, Kaso is a Saudi Arabian B2B startup providing supply chain management tools for restaurants. The company already boasts 5,000-plus clients and partners across the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Kaso has seen strong growth since its founding and already includes notable brands like Burger King, Buffalo Wild Wings, Caribou Coffee, Chili’s, and Tim Hortons in its partner portfolio.

Recently, the startup raised $10.5 million in seed funding, enabling it to add a new FinTech platform to its suite of services that will further boost operations across the Middle East.

The funding round was backed by a range of regional strategic investors and saw international interest from the likes of Germany’s Global Founders Capital and Singapore’s MSA Novo, who both contributed to the startup’s first seed round in 2021, raising $2.1 million.

“It is very encouraging to see strong regional and international investors joining us, especially considering the challenges some startups currently face in the fundraising market,” explained Manar Alkassar, co-founder of Kaso.

Kaso’s primary goal is to “revolutionize” the food supply chain for the catering industry. To that end, the company’s new FinTech platform is intended to streamline operations using a “technology-backed ecosystem” to improve efficiency and transparency while reducing food waste.

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“It will offer payments and credit facilities to restaurants, further solving key challenges in the industry,” Mr. Alkassar said, with Kaso co-founder, Ahmed Soliman, adding: “Our platform has already made a significant impact in reducing inefficiencies in the industry, and we are confident that we can continue to make strides towards a more sustainable future.”

The restaurant procurement sector in the Middle East is a highly competitive industry. In the GCC alone, the market is projected to hit nearly $130 billion by 2029, at a compound annual growth rate of over 6%, according to research firm OCO Global.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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