August delivery and takeaway sales were 176% higher than in August 2019 and 70% higher than in the same period for 2020, according to the latest CGA and Slerp Hospitality at Home Tracker.
While year-on-year growth has slowed since the first quarter of 2021, when the sector was completely closed for eating-in, deliveries and takeaways accounted for 27% of managed operators’ total sales in August.
Karl Chessell, CGA’s business unit director, hospitality operators and food, EMEA, said: “Deliveries and takeaways were a big factor in groups’ robust trading in August, and while their share of sales has dropped since the return of eating out, it’s clear they remain a powerful part of the sales mix.”
“Lingering safety concerns about going out and large numbers of people staying close to home for holidays will both have boosted the market in the short term.”
He added: “In the longer run, the convenience and quality of deliveries that people experienced during the pandemic has helped to build a substantial new market that is here to stay.”