TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, UK

Starbucks UK expands partnership with Uber Eats

More people across London will be able to avail of the service this summer.

Starbucks Delivers, the coffee giant's delivery partnership with Uber Eats, is expanding in the UK following its initial trial in London that started in February.

The service will initially expand to cover the rest of central London this summer, with further plans to bring the platform to additional cities in the UK, Europe and the Middle East later this year.

“The initial success of Starbucks Delivers in the UK has shown us that customers are excited about the convenience and flexibility of ordering their favourite beverage for delivery. We’re looking forward to making this service available to even more people across London this summer," David Rose, director, customer engagement and loyalty EMEA at Starbucks, said.

“We’re delighted by how quickly Londoners have embraced a new way to get their Starbucks favourites delivered at the press of a button. We're excited to deliver even more breakfasts at home and coffee to the office as we announce the expansion of our partnership," Uber Eats EMEA head Rodrigo Arévalo added.

Starbucks is also set to trial new recyclable and compostable takeaway coffee cups in major cities across the UK, US and Canada.

Customers in London and other locations will help test a number of different cups that will be both recyclable and compostable through the municipalities' recycling services. This is in view of the coffee giant's target of doubling the recycled content, recyclability, and the reusability of its cups between 2016 and 2020.

"It is with great intention that we move forward with highly collaborative and innovative work to bring both recyclable and compostable cups to scale around the world," Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in an announcement. "We are reimagining the future for Starbucks, and for the more than 30,000 communities we serve each day, with a great sense of responsibility for a more sustainable planet."

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