website that manages food delivery for 5,000 Dutch restaurants now accepts bitcoin

AMSTERDAM – The main website that arranges home delivery for restaurants in the Netherlands is now accepting payment in bitcoin, a form of digital currency.

Around 5,000 Dutch restaurants use the site to handle around 600,000 online orders and deliveries per month. The company’s marketing manager, Imad Qutob, said in a statement Tuesday that Thuisbezorgd wants to offer customers more choice in how they pay.

The company says around half its customers pay cash on delivery. Others pay via the site using debit cards, credit cards, PayPal or an online system run by Dutch banks.

Bitcoin is a cryptography-based digital currency that advocates say is counterfeit-proof.

Its value is determined by supply — which is limited — and demand. It was trading near record highs against the dollar and euro Tuesday.