Online Food Delivery Service Changes The Way Consumers Buy Meals

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the number of times Taiwanese use delivery services, and foodpanda is one of the last most popular delivery platforms. (Photo via WS News Publisher)

According to Statista, about 419 million people in China use online food delivery services, accounting for about 42.3% of Chinese Internet users. In Google Play, Uber Eats has been downloaded more than 100 million times. Even if you want to eat the burger in the middle of the night, you can use food delivery at any time to satisfy your desire for food.

Taipei. Taiwan (WS News Publisher) – The online food delivery market scale in the world’s three major economies, the United States, China, and India, has increased significantly. Research estimates that by 2023, the global market for Online food delivery will reach 154.34 billion U.S. dollars. The users of food delivery apps in various countries have an increasing trend.

Even in Taiwan, where Covid-19 is performing well, you can always see many pink and black food delivery drivers picking up meals in the restaurant and moving through the alleys during lunchtime and dinnertime. Uber Eats and foodpanda, the most popular online food delivery platform in Taiwan, have been downloaded more than 100 million times and 50 million times, respectively.

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, 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.

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