Food & Drink logoApple has announced in an email to registered developers that it will be adding a new, dedicated "Food & Drink" category to the App Store "in the next few weeks."

The App Store already features a "Cooking" section, but the new category will incorporate related apps that "help users cook and bake, mix drinks, manage recipes, find new restaurants and bars, and learn what their friends like to eat and drink." This means apps like the BBC's Good Food guides and Jamie Oliver's 20 Minute Meals will finally appear alongside other cooking apps — as opposed to being listed in "Lifestyle" or "Reference."

The new category will not feature apps that cover diet, grocery shopping, coupon clipping, or food-related games, however.

Apps that fall into the new Food & Drink category will be automatically migrated, according to Apple, and developers have until June 8 to opt out of having their apps moved over.

The new category adds to a growing list of improvements Apple has made to the App Store in recent months, including the new Editors' Choice and App of the Week selections, which were added back in May.

[via MacStories]