The online food ordering and delivery platform, Uber Eats hosted its first ever Future of Food summit, where winners of the first-ever Uber Eats APAC Restaurant Partners Awards 2019 across 9 categories were also announced on the first day of the summit.
The summit was hosted for industry and opinion leaders to discuss about building future proof F&B ecosystem in the Asia Pacific. The summit also witnessed report on Future of Food: How Technology and Global Trends are transforming the Food Industry presented by Delloite. Uber Eats also revealed how it will be building on its platform to better support restaurant partners in 2020 and beyond. It was followed by an announcement of a forthcoming drone delivery pilot in the US, new delivery categories such as convenience store items and the introduction of new delivery models including unlocking the platform
According to the company, Asia-Pacific is one of the fastest growing regions for Uber Eats globally. The number of restaurant partners on Eats in the region has more than doubled since the start of 2019. The number of active customers and delivery partners on the platform has tripled over the past year and, Asia-Pacific orders more Uber Eats than any other geography in the world, with 1.5 million unique cuisine choices available on the platform in the region. The company added that the 2-day summit to host 300 industry and leaders from across the Asia Pacific for keynotes and panel discussions featuring Uber executives as well as notable F&B figures from around the region including Coca-Cola, Cafe Coffee Day, Burger King, Baskin Robbins, Guzman y Gomez, Chai Time and Black Sheep Restaurant.
“Consumers in APAC order more on Uber Eats than any other geography in the world. We grew from 29 to 75 cities in 2018 alone, and today, we partner with over 71,000 active restaurants in APAC. Given our unique position in this ecosystem, we saw a way to create even more value for our community by connecting restaurant partners through the Future of Food Summit - leveraging the power of our network to build a stronger future for the industry together", said Raj Beri, regional head, Uber Eats, APAC.