Grab launches food service, brings 'Crave City' to BGC

MANILA, Philippines – In a bid to be the "everyday super app," Southeast Asia ride-hailing giant Grab officially launched "GrabFood" on Wednesday, November 7.

GrabFood is the firm's food delivery service that allows users to order from restaurants through the app and brings it directly to their doorstep, with a flat delivery fee of only P49. It doesn't require a minimum order.

The service is available in Metro Manila, and is currently being tested in Cebu City and Mandaue in Cebu. There are over 4,000 locally-based restaurants to choose from.

Currently, the only available mode of payment is through cash. Grab's mobile payment GrabPay will soon be integrated in its system.

Philippines is the 6th country where Grab launched the service in the region, after Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

"We want their GrabFood experience to be more convenient and more rewarding. Food is such as basic necessity but is also very personal to every consumer," said Cindy Toh, Grab Philippines marketing head.

Digital economy

With the new service, Southeast Asia's unicorn said that they are "accelerating their ability to leverage the opportunities of a shared digital economy."

Grab said that consumers are now able to connect thousands of restaurants only with their smartphones, as merchants get additional income from the in-app orders.

The firm also highlighted better earning opportunities for delivery partners. Grab said they can earn up to twice more than the average minimum national wage.

Crave City

To mark its official launch, the firm set-up a pop-up at the Bonifacio Global City Amphitheater in Taguig called "GrabFood Crave City," which offers a "digital dining experience" similar to ordering through the app.

Among the restaurants at the Crave City are Mom & Tina's, El Chupacabra, Señor Pollo, Bawai Vietnamese Kitchen, Charlie's Grind and Grill, Ersao, Aysee, Sunrise Buckets, Manila Creamery, and Stockpile.

The Crave City is in BGC until Saturday, November 10. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey covers the Philippine Senate for Rappler. Before writing about politicians, she covered budget, labor, and transportation issues.

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