The COVID-19 pandemic has upended entire industries as city shutdowns and work-from-home schedules have brought travel and eating out to a screeching halt. The hospitality, travel and restaurant industries have had to take drastic measures to stay afloat.
For restaurants, there was always a healthy demand for ordering food to eat at home. Meal delivery services have seen massive growth as restaurants have turned to platforms like Postmates and DoorDash to continue serving customers. A study published by Columbia Business School found that the pandemic alone was responsible for 70% of the industry’s growth from 2019 to 2020.
Many consumers have also turned to meal kit subscriptions as a way to not only stock up on food for mealtimes, but also to make preparing and cooking their own food a fun activity. As meal kits have grown in popularity, many companies in this space have seen substantial growth.
Across the country, the pandemic has changed the way we shop and eat. As the restaurant industry emerges from COVID-19, it remains to be seen which of these eating habits will lose popularity and which will remain.
To better understand the far-reaching impact of the pandemic, Routine has compiled this list of individual statistics and charts that together tell how COVID-19 has driven growth in the food delivery market, from restaurant meal delivery to meal kits. Data is collected from individual company reports and market reports from sources such as PitchBook, eMarketer and Edison Trends.