Apple Pay will soon be accepted at Starbucks coffee stores, with support from fast food chains KFC and Chilis in the wings.
News of the expansion plans was broken by Apple Pay head Jennifer Bailey at the Code/Mobile conference in California.
Starbucks has already begun a pilot programme in some of its stores, with the goal to reach all of the chain's 7500 outlets in 2016.
The coffee chain already has its own hugely successful mobile payment programme linked to its loyalty cards. Apple announced in June that it would begin offering support for retailer loyalty cards in Autumn, leading to speculation of an imminent tie-up with the Starbucks' reward programme.
The news follows a mixed bag of results for Apple Pay in recent times, with analysts suggesting growth has slowed following the initial excitement surrounding the launch of the service. The company is also facing competition from Samsung, which released its own mobile payments application in the US last month, and retailer-led MCX, which is currently running pilot trials in a number of US states.