In the past, people always like to eat in restaurants, but the Covid-19 pandemic should avoid entering public places, which significantly increases the use of food delivery platforms. In Google Play, Uber Eats has been downloaded more than 100 million times. Now people can use food delivery at any time and immediately enjoy the meal they want.
Taipei, Taiwan (Merxwire) – The world is facing the threat of new crown pneumonia, which has caused people to increase their dining time at home. Online food delivery services have increased many choices for home dining and have become a popular trend in various countries. According to the market research company RESEARCH AND MARKETS that by 2023, the market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.51%, reaching US$154.34 billion.
The online food delivery market scale in the three major economies globally, the United States, China, and India, has increased significantly. Even in Taiwan, where the Covid-19 epidemic has performed well, many food delivery drivers can be seen shuttled on the road during lunchtime and dinnertime.
The U.S. food delivery industry is dominated by a few major players, including Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Doordash. These three suppliers together have approximately 70% of the market. They provide easy-to-use apps that make it easier for American consumers to order delivery meals. According to Statista’s research, the size of the U.S. market in 2018 was US$25.7 billion. It is estimated that by 2022, this number will increase to 33.2 billion U.S. dollars.
IMARC, a market research company, described that the India online food delivery market reached a value of US$ 4.35 Billion in 2020, an increase of 145 million U.S. dollars from the previous year. By 2025, the value of the food delivery market is expected to reach nearly 13 billion U.S. dollars. The most ordered dish on the Indian food delivery platform Swiggy was chicken biryani with over 550 thousand orders.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made Taiwanese who are used to eating out often use delivery services. According to a survey on food delivery apps conducted by Rakuten Insight, during the COVID-19 pandemic, about 45% of respondents in Taiwan ordered more food from the food delivery apps.
In Taiwan, the leading consumer group for food delivery apps is between 16 and 24 years old, spending between 100 and 500 TWD. It shows that this food delivery service is most popular among college students and high school students. Taiwanese university student Miss Chen said that using apps for online food delivery is convenient. You can order whatever you want to eat at the time. When there are special events, it will be cheaper than buying on-site.
Covid-19 poses a threat to life and also affects human dining patterns. Food delivery services provide a wealth of meal options, but most of them are high-calorie foods and sugar-rich beverages, which may cause nutritional imbalances in the long term. The nutritionist recommends that you eat more vegetables and fruits, choose sugar-free drinks, and increase the amount of exercise to improve your resistance and fight diseases.