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Flamingo Food is launching in NZ's big cities

Emma Olsen
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Flamingo scooters  Jacksen Love

Competition is on the horizon for Uber Eats now that Flamingo Food is launching.

Flamingo Food will kick off when New Zealand moves into Alert Level three.

Co-founder Jacksen Love said Flamingo Food was always a long-term goal for Flamingo.

"The current circumstances inspired us to prioritise this and bring it forward," said Jacksen.

The new food delivery service will be in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

Many restaurants across the big cities are already in contact with Flamingo and they hope to hire around 500 deliverers. 

Flamingo Food is proud to be giving job opportunities to Kiwis who may have lost their jobs during this time. 

"We believe this helps to further support the New Zealand economy and are really happy that we're growing our Flamingo team in a time where most businesses are looking to downsize."

An Uber Eats spokesperson said they are pleased Flamingo Food was starting.

"We welcome competition because it keeps us focused on delivering the very best product and experience for Uber Eats customers and restaurants who use the service."

Flamingo Food believes its delivery service will top any others in New Zealand.

"Because we're Kiwi owned and operated and supporting local businesses, we believe this will help us to win the hearts of many Kiwis," said Jacksen.

The new company has already made health and safety its top priority.

"To begin with, contact-free delivery will be the service standard. Our delivery riders will knock on the door and then stand five metres away until the customer collects their food."

Flamingo Food will be on both IOS and Android for customers, but only on Andriod for deliverers to begin with.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in becoming a Flamingo Food deliverer, you can sign up here: https://flamingofood.co.nz/deliver