The joy of a takeaway remained a familiar practice for households across the country as Just Eat, the online food ordering app, reveals 2020 Irish ordering trends, after surpassing 2.7 million app downloads.
When it comes to what we’re ordering, data shows that chicken wings have been on Ireland’s mind this year, with a 1,374% increase on demand, making this tasty treat one of Ireland’s most ordered dishes of 2020.
Gluten-free products continue to rise in popularity, increasing by nearly 60% over the past 12 months. Results also showed that Ireland’s appetite to try new cuisines has increased with Moroccan, Middle Eastern and Vietnamese chasing the more traditional takeaway favourites of Fish and Chips, Indian, American and Thai, up 273%, 72% and 37% respectively.
Saturday night has retained the top spot as the most popular day of the week to order takeaway followed closely by Friday. Our sweet tooth has increased in 2020 too, with dessert orders up 172% – cookies, doughnuts and ice cream all being the preferred after dinner treats.
Just Eat’s data also shows that our eating habits have adapted to working from home, making us feel hungry earlier with breakfast orders between 7 – 9am seeing a 573% increase. Lunch has also followed suit, with a trend in lunch orders peaking just before midday with an increase of 58.2%.
Commenting on the results of the Just Eat report, Just Eat Managing Director, Amanda Roche Kelly said: “It’s no surprise that during this difficult year, people were looking to retain a sense of normality with their favourite takeaway. Meal times have become occasions to look forward to, they punctuate our days and deliver some joy.
“The past few months have shown us how much people value their food with a significant increase in the number of Just Eat app downloads – now at 2.7 million since we launched.
“While it certainly will be a Christmas with a difference this year, I want to acknowledge the fact that restaurateurs all over the country will be working hard while many of us are on holidays, ensuring that the choice and range for food at home continues to be met.
“I want to recognise the resilience of the sector – and the creativity – lots of new menu options and lots of restaurants doing takeaway for the first time. It really has been inspiring.”