Jan 3, 2022 - Food and Drink

Food delivery apps create a boozy problem in Iowa

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Ending "predatory practices" of third-party delivery apps is at the top of the Iowa Restaurant Association's list this year, according to the group's president, Jessica Dunker.

Why it matters: Some delivery apps are using restaurant menus and logos without owners' permission, resulting in false perceptions and misinformation, Dunker told Axios.

Driving the news: A new Iowa law allows services like Uber Eats or DoorDash to deliver booze.

  • But restaurants are not routinely provided information about third-party delivery customers, driving concerns about underage consumption, Dunker said.

Of note: Iowa liquor sales hit an all-time high in the most recently completed fiscal year.

What's next: Restaurant association members will push lawmakers to fix the problems in the upcoming legislative session.

Editor's note: This story is part of Axios Des Moines' New Year's series, in which community leaders are asked to share their "1 big thing" for 2022.

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