Takeaway Business Still Top of the Menu

Britain fell in love with takeaways during lockdown and there is no sign of this changing as restrictions ease

The UK Takeaway food business saw a huge rise in orders during lockdown – and this shows no sign of reducing, despite the relaxation of many lockdown restrictions.

Foodhub, one of the UK’s leading food ordering apps, has revealed that despite the reopening of outdoor hospitality in April, more Brits than ever are tucking into a regular takeaway treat, compared to pre-lockdown last year.

Foodhub spokesman, Ardian Mula, said: “Over the past 12 months, ordering a takeaway meal rather than choosing to cook at home, has become something of a national past-time. However, even though families can now go out to eat, the volume of takeaway orders is not diminishing.”

Analysts from Foodhub have revealed that the platform saw a 65% increase in orders between January 2020 (before restrictions) and full lockdown in April 2020.

The country still wanted food cooked for them and looked to support local restaurants with a takeaway delivery directly to their door.

And while many commentators expected a slowdown or reduction in takeaway food delivery orders as lockdown restrictions slowly lifted in the past month and people were able to get out to restaurants again, this hasn’t been the case.

In fact, year-on-year, there has been a 42% increase in takeaway orders in April 2021 when compared to April 2020.

Foodhub experts say they expect the demand for takeaway food to remain high as the UK comes out of the pandemic.

So, while the UK has been rejoicing in the easing of lockdown restrictions, a few drinks at the pub are still being followed by a takeaway ordered from the comfort of their own home,

which means the volume of takeaway orders remains high.

Ardian Mula added: “We saw a 65% increase in the number of takeaway meals ordered via Foodhub from January 2020 to April 2020 as lockdown first hit. And, subsequently, despite the easing of lockdown, we’ve seen a 42% increase in orders from April 2020 to April 2021. There is no sign that Britain’s love of great takeaway food is at risk of dilution.

“This past year has been a tough time for everyone and we’re so happy to see the reopening of hospitality venues across the country. We’re also thrilled that we’ve been able to offer restaurants and cafes the opportunity to join the Foodhub platform to provide takeaway options, offering them a chance to maintain their business even though they had to close their doors.

While some aggregator apps are still charging up to 36% commission, Foodhub operates a 0% model, meaning it does not take a commission from the food establishments for each order placed. This enables them to offer better prices and deals to customers than other online food platforms. In fact, the Foodhub model can save the average takeaway partner £2,250* a month - approximately £30,000 extra in their till every year.

“Here at Foodhub our non-commission model means we can offer takeaway restaurants a better deal, and that means they can pass on keener prices and deals to their customers – unlike other online food delivery platforms.”

Foodhub currently has over 20,000 restaurant and takeaway partners in the UK and is the only major food ordering app not to charge a service fee for each order.

To find out how meals ordered via Foodhub are on average 15% cheaper than other providers, visit www.foodhub.co.uk.

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