Kitchens braced for takeaway demand to continue even after industry fully reopens

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The rise in takeaway orders witnessed during lockdown shows no sign of abating despite the easing of restrictions, one of the UK’s leading food ordering apps have claimed.  

Foodhub, which currently has more than 20,000 restaurant and takeaway partners in the UK, said that more Brits than ever are tucking into a regular takeaway treat compared to pre-lockdown last year even though the hospitality industry has reopened for outdoor dining.

Foodhub CEO 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.”

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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.

Mr Mula expects the demand for takeaway food to remain high as the UK comes out of the pandemic.

“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.”

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