DoorDash to offer alcohol deliveries in 20 states, DC

SAN FRANCISCO — Let the spirits flow.

DoorDash Inc. confirmed Monday that customers in 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia can now buy alcohol directly through the online food-delivery company’s app.

“Alcohol really presents a win-win-win for all of our audiences,” DoorDash CEO Tony Xu told CNBC’s “TechCheck,” noting that restaurant volume, as well as gig-worker employment, is expected to increase significantly due to the new offering.

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Specifically, the San Francisco-based company said the addition of alcohol delivery could increase restaurants’ average order values by 30%, the network reported.

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A company spokesperson confirmed to Fox Business that the alcohol-delivery service, expected to impact more than 100 million customers, will be available in California, New York, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, Iowa, Oregon, Missouri and Nebraska, as well as the District of Columbia, Canada and Australia.

The company said it will check the buyer’s ID in the app and during delivery, CNBC reported.

According to Fox Business, DoorDash’s “Alcohol” tab will allow customers of drinking age to choose from a wide selection of drinks from restaurants, local retailers, grocery stores and convenience stores. Meanwhile, customers in select markets will be able to bundle alcohol orders with certain partner-restaurant meal deals for no additional delivery fee.

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