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3:55 AM 25th September 2021
lifestyle

Burgers Revealed As UK’s Favourite Takeaway But Brexit Could Spell Trouble

New data from takeaway delivery platform Foodhub has revealed that the humble burger has seen off traditional favourites, Chinese, Indian and pizza, to be named the UK’s favourite order.

Photo by Ilya Mashkov on Unsplash
Photo by Ilya Mashkov on Unsplash
The online food delivery company has revealed almost half (49%) of their orders in 2020 were in the burger category and that the same option has so far accounted for 45% of purchases in 2021.

However, the news signals a concern to thousands of takeaway owners across the country, who are worried they will not be able to cope with demand due to supply issues and the rising costs of ingredients.

Traders say that following the UK’s departure from the EU on 31st January 2021, the prices of flour, chips, chicken, cheese and other ingredients have sky-rocketed, which has left takeaway bosses begging the question, what’s a burger without cheese and fries?

Image by Roberto Cardona from Pixabay
Image by Roberto Cardona from Pixabay
In light of Foodhub’s recent findings and the realisation that burgers have become crucial to the industry, the issue of rising costs is especially concerning.

Many are fearful the development and supply issues could result in a burger shortage this autumn, which would signal a crushing blow to industry.

Business owners say they are usually given notice about industry-wide price increases, but the uncertainty of a deal/no deal Brexit put a huge level of anxiety on businesses, and before they knew it – the prices of their essential items had increased.

Now they don’t know whether they will be able to continue offering the fan-favourite dish.

Their concerns were increased further last month when Nando’s shut around 50 restaurants because they were unable to get enough chicken to match demand – showing even the biggest operators in the industry can be struck down.

As things stand, takeaway owners are having to shell out even more on their stock to satisfy their customers – but they have warned increased outgoings cannot go on forever.

Ardian Mula, Foodhub’s CEO said:
“We understand and appreciate how important burgers are to the industry, which is why we are so concerned by these reports.

“It’s a troubling situation for customers and business owners alike, with some in the unenviable position of having to pay more for ingredients or removing burgers from their menu.

“We hope to see this issue resolved as soon as possible.”