DEMAND for takeaways and home deliveries has continued to grow, despite an end to lockdown restrictions.

Food delivery app Deliveroo more than doubled its number of customer orders in the first six months of this year, despite an end to lockdown restrictions and the reopening of restaurants, bars and hospitality venues.

The platform saw a 110 per cent increase in orders across the country compared with the first half of last year.

While founder and chief executive of Deliveroo Will Shu anticipates consumer demand to moderate in the latter half of the year, he said the company has seen “strong growth and engagement”, even as lockdown restrictions have eased.

“We have widened our consumer base, seen people continuing to order frequently and we now work with more food merchants than any other platform in the UK,” he said.

Market research group Mintel also found that nearly a quarter of people are spending more on food deliveries than before the pandemic.

Britons spent an average of £53 per person per month between in the year up to spring 2021, figures from KPMG revealed, compared with £38 before the pandemic.

The demand has triggered growing competition in the food delivery market, with both grocery delivery apps Getir and Weezy both setting up operations in Brighton and Hove this year.

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