Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi has a group of employees who are secretly working toward the launch of a food delivery service, local media reports, citing people familiar with matter.

The source pointed out that Didi has been engaged in the R&D of food delivery service for quite a while. Product development and technical staff on the project have been relocated to a new office and their details have been removed from Didi’s internal communication contacts, the source added.

Didi has not provided any comment in response to our inquiry into the matter. But a previous conversation with CEO Cheng Wei shows that the firm is at least open to such areas. “Everything is possible. The most important issue is whether it will create value for our users,” said Cheng when asked by Tencent News about the possibilities of entering catering and local life sectors.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.