REFILE-FOCUS-Online meal delivery firms knocked off course by coronavirus crisis

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* Most takeaway food apps experience drop in use in Europe

* Some branch into grocery delivery, cut fees to restaurants

* Coronavirus slows fast-growing meal delivery sector

* People prefer to cook at home amid lockdown

By Anna Rzhevkina, Hilary Russ and Toby Sterling

GDYNIA/NEW YORK/AMSTERDAM, April 7 (Reuters) – The lockdown of millions of people at home across the globe due to the coronavirus should have been the perfect recipe for success for the burgeoning online meal delivery market.

But some of the world’s largest players, including Uber Eats and Just Eat, which is being bought by Takeaway.com, have been hit by a double whammy: restaurant suppliers have been ordered to shut and with more time at home to cook for themselves, some people appear to have lost their appetite for takeaway.

While many restaurants have switched to offering takeaway, giving

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Coronavirus forced Chinese food delivery to evolve. Will it do the same in the US?

Matt Maloney says he wipes down his airplane seat with disinfectant every time he flies these days.

Maloney, the CEO of food delivery company GrubHub, is exercising the same brand of caution as he watches Covid-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, spread across the globe. And he has every reason to be alert—what we know about the virus makes it an acute challenge for any company in the food delivery business.

Covid-19 is believed to have originated in a food market, and it appears adept at traveling on surfaces with lots of human contact. If China’s experience can serve as an example, the disease will continue to create opportunities and pitfalls for food delivery companies.

During the spread of a virus, there is an argument to be made that setting up a careful food delivery system is better than having infected people going into public places, or

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