Six stats on restaurants pivoting to online delivery

Online food ordering business Flipdish finds that Brits are increasingly turning to comfort food during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

30 March 2020
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  • There has been a 35% increase in the number of new restaurants signing up to Flipdish’s online ordering system over the last two weeks.
  • On a year-on-year basis the number of restaurants switching their business models to include takeaway services digitally has risen 270%.
  • Indian has proven the most popular cuisine, with online curry orders more than doubling (107%) in the UK since the outbreak of COVID-19 as consumers increasingly turn to comfort food.
  • Some restaurants, including Tuk Tuk Indian Street Food in Edinburgh, have experienced an 1,300% increase in orders.
  • Fish and chip shops have also seen significant increases in demand with sales rising 74%, while Chinese and Thai food have started to bounce back after an initial decline in sales in February, with orders increasing 23% and 73%, respectively.
  • Meanwhile, pizza demand grew by 13% in a single week.


Conor McCarthy, CEO of Flipdish, said: “As people stay at home to do their bit to tackle the coronavirus, many are opting for a comforting curry. But not only are they protecting themselves and the NHS by ordering takeaway food, Brits are helping to keep restaurants afloat. Independent restaurants are the lifeblood of the UK hospitality industry and a fundamental part of the cultural fabric of the nation."

* Figures are based on a sample of 50 restaurants in the UK between 20-22 March, compared to 6-8 March

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