Brits Ordered 150 Million Pizzas During Lockdown
When the country was plunged into lockdown earlier this year, it left millions of us with very little to do – apart from virtual quizzes and ordering takeaways. A lot of takeaways.
According to The Sun, Brits have ordered 150 million pizzas, 41,000 tonnes of chips and 42 million curries over the past six months. Wowzers.
The report compiled the most popular dishes among housebound diners across the UK over the course of the pandemic.
For example, in Glasgow pizza came out on top, across in Edinburgh they went for Thai food, down in Newcastle it was kebabs, and in London it was fish and chips.
While across in Bristol, the more environmentally and health conscious diners plumped for a vegan menu.
Just East reported that orders had risen by 50 percent, which means about 100 million meals more than normal.
Speaking about the findings, Professor Joshua Bamfield, director of the Centre for Retail Research, said this will have given an enormous boost to struggling businesses.
He said: “Those extra 100 million delivery meals will be worth in the region of £1 billion. That money is a lifeline for troubled restaurants.”
Meanwhile, Deliveroo said sales were up by 66 percent, while Domino’s sold a margherita pizza every second.
Back in June, Uber Eats recorded a 160 percent rise in business, with more than 17,000 smaller businesses signing up to the platform in just four months.
Toussaint Wattinne, general manager for Uber Eats in the UK and Ireland, told City AM that it was an astonishing rise.
He said: “[Uber Eats has] become increasingly an essential service for all involved. Restaurants turned to us more than ever to ensure they can continue to drive sales during economic difficulties.”
There was also a huge increase in the number of convenience and grocery orders – up 166 percent – as well as coffee orders being made via the app, which increased by a whopping 149 per cent.
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Wattinne said: “What we’ve seen is that we’ve been a solution that restaurants, consumers, and couriers turn to, which has impacted the business in a way that has accelerated [Uber’s] growth both globally and in the UK.
“We’ve seen meaningful improvements in a number of areas, such as basket size. Some of these have continued [to improve] during lockdown, so we’re making improvements in the right areas.”
Earlier this month, three takeaways were fined for serving customers after the 10pm Covid-19 curfew.
The trio of East London businesses were ordered to pay £1,000 after cops in Ilford found them to have breached the new coronavirus rules.
Bim’s Burgers on Ilford Lane was fined after staff at the takeaway served a customer just four minutes after the deadline.
Speaking about the penalty notice, Bim’s owner said it’s not always clear ‘how the new rules should be interpreted’.
A statement from the takeaway shared with the Daily Mail said: “We very much regret that our staff unknowingly breached the Government’s 10pm curfew. A customer entered the restaurant a few minutes before 10pm, just as we were shutting up for the night. He was the only customer on the premises at that time.
“We began processing his food order before the curfew and his final receipt was printed at 10pm. Our staff were under the impression that if an order was placed by 10pm it could still be served. The food took less than four minutes to arrive and he left at 10.04 pm.
“Our staff were then shocked to be informed that they had breached the new laws by a matter of four minutes. New rules regarding Covid-19 are being made thick and fast and sometimes it isn’t clear exactly how they should be interpreted.”