DoorDash Launches Alcohol Delivery, Taking on Uber/Drizly

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DoorDash launching alcohol delivery in 20 states and Washington, D.C.

The move is sure to send shockwaves in both the restaurant and delivery businesses. For restaurants, on-premise alcohol is a high-margin offering many are relying on for post-pandemic comebacks. For delivery, this opens a new front in the war between DoorDash and Uber, which announced plans to buy alcohol specialist Drizly earlier this year for $1.1 billion.

There’s more: DoorDash is combining grocery delivery with restaurant delivery for the first time, with Albertsons as a partner; it’s also adding several regional grocers to the platform. New adds include Cardenas Markets, Weis Markets and Lowes Foods.

I’m writing this morning’s newsletter from a Las Vegas hotel room, because in a couple of hours I’ll be interviewing DoorDash CEO Tony Xu both on stage at the Groceryshop conference, and on CNBC’s TechCheck. Tune in.

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