Lalafood will officially cease operations on February 15, 2021, the company confirmed on Monday, February 8.
“In 2018, the Lalafood incubation project was started by Lalamove as a means to explore the food-delivery sector,” it said in a statement. “While as a company we have learnt a great deal from Lalafood, a decision has been made to redirect our focus entirely on our core Lalamove delivery business.”
Lalafood thanked all of its customers for their continued support, as well as its partner riders and merchants who made everything possible.
Lalamove, for its part, said 2021 will continue to be another year of “strong growth” in the country: “We are committed to strengthening our investment in the Philippines to better serve our customers and provide more opportunities to our driver-partners and employees.
“With expansion plans already underway in Manila and to the Pampanga province in February 2021, we place great confidence in the Philippine market and we are excited for what lies ahead in 2021. The year is just unfolding and there’s so much in store for us all.”
Netizens were caught off guard by the development. One wrote, “I will miss your witty content, the promos, and the fact that you serve far distances.”
Another said, “Hindi man ganun ka-perfect ang Lalafood app para sa ibang naging rider nito gaya ko, di maitatanggi na maraming nabigyan ng trabaho ang company niyo nung lockdown na kailangan kahit pang araw-araw lang na gastusin.”