Uber Eats has become the latest food delivery service to be linked with a supermarket after the Telegraph reported Sainsbury’s is interested in using Uber Eats to deliver small supermarket shops like bread, milk and ready meals.

It also said Sainsbury’s was considering launching a series of in-store restaurants where customers could have meals delivered using delivery apps.

Alternatively, Sainsbury’s network of cafes could be used to operate virtual restaurant brands to add to the 200 Uber Eats already operates in the UK (it plans to have 400 by the end of the year).

A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s declined to “speculate” on the possibility.

The news follows Deliveroo teaming up with Sainsbury’s earlier this month to deliver hot own-label pizza from its counters at five supermarkets.

Meanwhile Just Eat, which is poised to seal a £9bn merger with Takeaway.com, signed a deal with Asda to deliver a select range of 100 items in under 30 minutes in July.

It followed a trial of Just Eat delivering Asda pizzas, which Asda is now offering from 50 stores.

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