Online food delivery marketplace Just Eat and food services company Sodexo have entered a global partnership that begins in Belgium this week and extends to other European countries, including France, in the course of the year.

Under the new partnership, Belgian consumers will be able to use their Sodexo meal card as a payment method when ordering meals at restaurants via the Just Eat website and app.

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Sodexo benefits and rewards services global CEO Aurélien Sonet said: “This partnership continues to illustrate the acceleration of the digitalisation of Sodexo. Teleworking has had a huge impact on our eating habits and has transformed the way we have lunch.

“In this evolution, we want to offer our consumers easy and flexible options for their meals, while supporting local restaurants. It is a great step forward to addressing the new challenges of the workplace and employee experience at work and beyond.”

The companies claim that as a result of the partnership consumers can expect to benefit from a simple, fast and secure payment experience.

The launch of the new service presents an opportunity for more than 1,300 restaurants in Belgium. Further restaurants are expected to be added over time.

Just Eat corporate solutions senior director Imad Qutob said: “We are continuously developing new product features and innovations which are all about empowering your every food moment, including lunch.

“The collaboration with Sodexo connects more consumers worldwide with the wide choice of offering on our platforms. No matter if you work from the office, home or remotely, there is always a restaurant of choice nearby.”

Headquartered in Amsterdam, Just Eat connects consumers and restaurants through its digital platforms. It has a network of nearly 250,000 connected restaurants.

With a presence in 64 countries, Sodexo caters to 100 million consumers every day through its benefits and rewards services as well as its personal and home services.

In a separate development in the restaurant payment segment this week, payment company SpotOn raised $125m through a Series D funding round, which has taken its valuation to $1.875bn.

The round was led by technology investor Andreessen Horowitz and saw participation from current investors, including DST Global, 01 Advisors, Dragoneer Investment Group and Franklin Templeton, as well as new investor Mubadala Investment Company.