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Sarah Halzack

GrubHub, Uber Eats Will Be the Food Delivery Gatekeepers

Deals with Yum and McDonald's are signs of things to come.
Actors dressed in Grubhub Inc. costumes interact with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Actors dressed in Grubhub Inc. costumes interact with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

We've known for a long time of a major battle brewing in the restaurant industry over digital and delivery orders. This week, we got a clearer picture of what's to come.

Yum! Brands Inc., the corporate parent of Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell, said Thursday it would buy a $200 million stake in GrubHub Inc., which will help deliver food from thousands of KFC and Taco Bell restaurants across the U.S., giving those chains a big lift in a growing market.