Uber launches UberEATS, an on-demand food delivery app in India

San Francisco-headquartered transportation network provider Uber Technologies has introduced UberEATS in India, with Mumbai becoming the first city to go live with the service.

UberEATS, an on-demand food delivery app, has appointed Bhavik Rathod to lead the venture in the country.

From specialty local favorites to everyday national brand names, UberEATS will make it possible for Mumbaikars to enjoy their favourite food everytime, everywhere, the company said in a statement.

''Mumbai is home to a booming food industry with a vibrant food culture offering both global and local cuisines. The introduction of UberEATS in India, with Mumbai as the first city, is a major step in our global expansion and showcases our commitment to the region. The app brings the perfect pairing of amazing restaurant partners, innovative technology, and the efficient Uber delivery network at a tap of a button to people in India,'' said Bhavik Rathod, Head of UberEATS India.

''The wide selection of meal choices delivered at Uber speed will open new economic opportunities for delivery partners, enable restaurants to connect with more consumers and make eating effortless, everywhere and for everyone,'' he added.

UberEATS has been launched in Mumbai in partnership with more than 200 restaurant partners, including local players such as The Bohri Kitchen, Nom Nom, The Bombay Canteen, The Good Wife, Fresh Menu, Le 15, Coffee By Di Bella and global names such as Krispy Kreme and Chillies among others.

Consumers will be able to order seven days a week, round the clock, as long as the restaurants are operational, through the app.

The UberEATS app is separate to the Uber app people use to request a ride and has been built specifically to make food delivery as seamless as possible. Starting today, consumers can download the new app for iOS and Android from the iTunes/Google play store or go online at ubereats.com

UberEATS was started in 2014 as a small delivery pilot in Los Angeles and launched as a separate application in Toronto in December 2015. Now it is a standalone app available in 26 countries and in 78 cities around the globe, including in India.

''A little over a year ago, we set out to make food delivery -– from pizza to smoothies -- through the UberEATS app as convenient and getting an Uber ride. As we have expanded UberEATS, we have been building the technology to make food delivery at the push of a button easy wherever you are--whether it is at home or the park, in Mumbai or San Francisco. That is why we are working specifically to make the challenges in India opportunities for developing a better product for consumers, restaurants, and delivery partners,'' said Kartik Murthy, Product Manager at UberEATS Internationationalization & Growth.