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The Growth of Takeaway Businesses

12th May 2020

The Growth of Takeaway Businesses

As we all respond to the restrictions put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many business owners are starting to look at adapting their offering, with restaurant owners researching the feasibility of offering takeaway food, wine and coffee using their own delivery service from within their now closed premises.

Over the years, food delivery services have grown exponentially. Arguably the biggest players in home delivery services, Just Eat, processed a staggering 122.8 million orders last year. They have over 35,700 restaurant partnerships and are committed to delivering to 95% of UK postcodes. When combined with other key players, such as Deliveroo and UberEATS, as well as locally based takeaways, the number of people using food delivery services on a daily basis is astronomical.

Large businesses such as McDonald’s, Greggs, Pret-a-Manger, Burger King, Costa and Caffe Nero, took the decision to temporarily cease trading, including stopping trading as takeaway-only sites. The statements they issued demonstrate a commitment to putting the wellbeing of their staff first, and following government guidance to stay indoors. However, as traditional takeaway meal providers like this shut up shop, and supermarkets struggle to cope with demand, there is an opportunity for restaurants, pubs and cafes to work within their communities and provide food via delivery.

Consequently there are now pubs and restaurants, both independents and chains that are beginning to safely operate without compromising neither their own staff nor the public.  Stepping in to provide food delivery at this time will no doubt help alleviate some of the pressure for the UK food supply chain, but it could also ease stress for those in their communities who are struggling to find food items.

While our customers are exploring these possibilities, we want to ensure we’re here to support your business and be ready for when you re-open. That’s why we’re stocking up on take-away cups, cutlery, food packaging and other disposables so you can be one step ahead. We’re offering a broad range of products, ranging from cost-friendly basics to ultra-eco-friendly biodegradable/compostable disposables. You can explore our range here.

So how can you remain safe whilst still operating? Whilst it is very unlikely you would catch Covid-19 from food or food packaging, you must take steps to ensure the safety of your staff and customers. The best way to stay safe is to stick to the 2 metre rule.

  • As a food delivery service this involves implementing steps such as:
  • Only allowing orders to be placed online, or over the phone, to prevent customers coming to your premises.
  • Only allowing payments online, or over the phone, to prevent customers coming into contact with your staff. Don’t handle money, not even as a delivery tip.
  • Remember that social distancing applies to kitchen staff as well, so give them strict areas to operate in, two metres apart from anyone else.
  • Remind staff of the need to wash hands frequently.
  • If any member of staff is unwell, they must go home immediately and follow government guidance.

We’re here to help you, so if you have any questions or would like some advice on converting your business to a takeaway/food delivery service, feel free to contact us by telephone or email.

Take care and stay healthy.

01322 381380 / orders@vaccodadev.com


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