Fish and chip takeaways in Ireland have seen sales grow significantly over recent weeks as online orders for a variety of cuisine types surge during the COVID-19 crisis.
Chipper orders have risen by 40%, while pizza orders have followed a similar positive trend, with growth of 35%. Mirroring the figures in the UK, Indian restaurants have seen the largest sales growth of all cuisine types, rising by a massive 66% in Ireland.
Thai food is also proving a popular – takeaway sales have grown by more than half (51%). Meanwhile, the growth for Chinese restaurants has been more moderate, at just 5%.
The figures from online ordering system Flipdish reflect the percentage increase in orders over two weeks, with 20th-22th March compared to 6th-8th March, based on a sample of 100 restaurants in Ireland.
Forced to close their doors to dine-in customers, more and more restaurants are switching to a delivery-based business model in a bid to maintain revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Flipdish has seen new customer activations rise by 150% in Ireland over a two-week period in March.
The company has also seen new restaurant sign-ups to the online ordering system increase by 35% in the UK during the same time period.
A year-on-year comparison shows that the number of UK restaurants transforming their business models to include takeaway services digitally has nearly tripled (270% growth).
Flipdish CEO, Conor McCarthy, says many restaurants are now adjusting their business model. He comments: “The only way for many restaurants to stay in business is to urgently transform into takeaways. We’ve had plenty of calls from restaurant owners asking how to switch to a delivery model, and whether it’s even possible to get a website up and running in time. My message to restaurants is that it’s not too late to set up a takeaway service."