With online ordering revolutionising the takeaway food industry, ‘virtual restaurants’ still need a physical presence to put a human face to their brand, argues James Rix, CEO of Crowdify Global

Takeaway food is going online – in a big way. Deliveroo and new entrant Uber Eats are locked in a battle for the taste buds of Millennial, Gen Z and Gen Alpha consumers which is feeding their hunger for tasty and different food delivered to their doorstep.

According to a report published by investment bank UBS last June, with the catchy title, ‘Is the Kitchen Dead?’, food delivery sales worldwide are set to grow by an average of 20% a year between now and 2030, rocketing from $35 billion a year now to a gut-busting $365 billion.

UBS points out that economies of scale and high-tech advances like drone delivery and robot chefs could mean it would be cheaper for people to order food delivered than to cook it themselves at home. So there is a possibility that this trend might kill off the home kitchen – although don’t forget that in the world of music, vinyl is making a comeback, and there are probably just as many hobby cooks as there are people with old fashioned turntables…

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(Originally published 22 April 2019)

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