Popularity of takeaways remains high
While the pandemic and lockdowns understandably led to an increase in demand for takeaways and deliveries, it seems it’s resulted in a more permanent shift in consumer behaviour in favour of the sector.
The latest CGA and Slerp Hospitality at Home Tracker reveals that despite restrictions on indoor dining being lifted, deliveries and takeaways remain popular and are set to maintain a significant share of restaurant and pub groups’ operations.
Sales in July 2021 were 206% higher than in July 2019.
Gordon Lauder, MD at frozen food distributor Central Foods, attributes this in part to consumers becoming more familiar with the quality and convenience of takeaway and delivered food.
“It’s very interesting that the CGA and Slerp statistics show that even though consumers returned to eating out once restrictions were lifted, the increased demand for hospitality at home has remained high,” he said.
“Consumers have become used to the convenience of deliveries and more aware of the high quality takeaway options that are available.”
Central Foods supplies a range of fast food products to the sector, including chicken and poultry under the Golden Valley Foods brand and vegetarian and vegan items under the KaterVeg! brand.
“It’s very useful for takeaway and delivery operators to understand how the sector is developing, as it allows them to plan their menus to take advantage of the latest trends,” added Gordon Lauder. “It looks like hospitality at home is here to stay – with consumers keen to purchase delicious meals for delivery.
“To encourage orders, add tempting options to suit all tastes to your menus, including all-time favourite chicken, as well as items for your customers with dietary requirements. We have a wide range of products at Central Foods that are just perfect for takeaway and delivery menus – helping fast food operators to take advantage of this increasing demand for takeout and delivery.”
Browse the range at www.centralfoods.co.uk