HUNGRY diners have gone takeaway mad since the start of lockdown – with northerners noshing the most pizza and southerners tops for fish and chips.
Orders to homes have rocketed almost 50 per cent since March, according to JustEat, which delivered around 100 million meals more than normal.
Professor Joshua Bamfield, director of the Centre for Retail Research, said: “Those extra 100 million delivery meals will be worth in the region of £1billion. That money is a lifeline for troubled restaurants.”
Our fast food bill in the past six months totals 150 million pizzas, 41,000 tonnes of chips and 42 million curries.
Data trends reveal the types of food each UK region prefers. Northerners are the greediest — with Mancunians ordering twice as much overall as Brummies.
The North loves Italian grub, with those in the South including London have gone batty for battered fish. And Domino’s sold a cheese and tomato pizzas every second.
Birmingham ordered the most Indian food per head, said Deliveroo — which is recruiting 15,000 staff to meet record demand across the UK. And thanks to home baking, everyone has gone bananas.
Sales of the fruity ingredient have soared 66 per cent, said Deliveroo, which also delivers supermarket orders. Even breakfast is booming, with sales of coffee doubling.
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Bizarre lockdown orders taken by Deliveroo include 13 Wagamama katsu sauces, and quarantining students in Newcastle hoisting a pizza to their fifth-floor window by tying dressing gown cords together.
Joe Chen, 25, ordered chocolates from Australia to say sorry to his girlfriend Harneet Madhray, 25, in Ilford, Essex, after spending all his time gaming instead of calling her.
Just Eat UK managing director Andrew Kenny said: “Covid restrictions have made a difference to takeaway habits. Customers are enjoying more of the food they love.”
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