Uber Eats, Uber's food delivery service, is expanding to more than 100 cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, reports TechCrunch. Specifically, the service will be launched for the first time in Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Ukraine, Romania and the Czech Republic, along with previously announced markets around the world, a spokesperson confirmed.
The service will be launched in about 40 new cities in the United Kingdom and 35 new cities in France. Currently, Uber Eats operates in 200 cities around the world, including some places where Uber's main service has not yet been launched.
40 new cities in the United Kingdom and 35 new cities in France
During the past year, Uber Eats has been a relative bright spot for the beleaguered hail company. While Uber's reputation was risky, Uber Eats has prospered with Jason Droege, who runs Uber Everything, the part of the business that does not focus on the success of the riders. The number of trips by Uber Eats drivers grew more than 24 times between March 2016 and March 2017, according to The New York Times.
A large part of Uber Eats's business is linked to its successful partnership with McDonalds, according to BuzzFeed. Uber Eats now offers from nearly 7,000 McDonald's locations in 20 different countries, or about 9 percent of all points of sale on the platform.
The food delivery service is profitable in about a quarter of the markets in which it operates, according to the Financial Times. In some places, Uber Eats is doing better than your attraction business. Droege told FT in an interview that Uber Eats had been "more successful than we thought".