The food delivery market has seen significant growth over the past five years. Led by platform-to-consumer services, such as DoorDash and Uber Eats, food delivery has expanded from takeaways to anything and everything, adding billions of dollars in potential revenue capture.
The network effects of more delivery riders, alongside route optimisations technologies, has enabled faster and cheaper delivery. This has created a flywheel effect for many of the food delivery operators, which continue to undercut competition on razor thin profit margins as they battle for market share.
The past few years has also seen more consolidation, as the larger businesses attempt to reduce the amount of competition in the market.
COVID-19 has propelled the industry a few years into the future, as millions of people in lockdown ordered food online for the first time. Grocery delivery service Instacart said it achieved its 2022 goals in the third week of lockdown.
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While this surge in demand may cool off once we return to normality, food delivery operators expect it to have a somewhat lasting effect.
In this sector analysis, we will look into operations in the China, Europe, United States and United Kingdom. China, the US and the UK are the three largest individual countries for food delivery, Europe, primarily from Germany, Italy and Spain, is an emerging market which could surpass the US in a few years.
Top Food Delivery Apps
Food delivery is a global industry, powered by the gig economy which has swept North America, Europe and Asia in the past decade. China’s food delivery apps have the largest userbase and market penetration, reaching over 650 million people, the US is the second largest market and the most well funded.
|Uber Eats||The most widely available food delivery service, active in six continents and first or second in gross orders in most countries|
|Just Eat||Leader of food delivery in the UK and active in Europe and Australia, also holds a stake in Brazilian food aggregator iFood|
|Grubhub||Original aggregator in the US and with Seamless, controlled over 50 percent of US online food delivery up until 2018|
|Deliveroo||The pioneer of platform-to-consumer in the UK, it now operates in 13 countries, competing with Uber and Just Eat|
|DoorDash||The current leader in online food delivery in the US, which also pioneered the platform-to-consumer model|
|Postmates||A subsidiary of Uber Eats since 2019, responsible for about 10 percent of online food delivery in the United States|
|Takeaway.com||A European aggregator responsible (through subsidiaries) for most online food delivery in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium|
|Delivery Hero||Through its many subsidiaries (including Food Panda), Delivery Hero has a controlling interest in food delivery platforms in over 40 countries|
|Ele.me||Owned by Alibaba, Ele.me is one of the two major food delivery platforms in China. It has over 200 million active users|
|Meituan Dianping||The other half of the online food delivery industry in China. Tencent is the largest stakeholder, with a 20 percent stake|
|Rappi||Backed by SoftBank, Rappi has aggressively pushed into the South American market, currently active in nine countries|
|Jumia Food||Part of the African e-commerce giant Jumia, which was the first African startup to be valued at over $1 billion|
|Damae-Can||Japan’s first choice for takeout, Damae-Can has over 20,000 restaurants and 2.3 million active users|
|iFood||Brazil’s most popular aggregator by a significant margin, accounting for over 70 percent of online takeaway orders in the country|
|Zomato||The most popular of the homegrown food delivery apps in India, which acquired Uber Eats India in January 2020|
|Yandex.Eda||As Uber is not active in Russia, Yandex.Eda has been given free reign to all of the platform-to-consumer market|
Food delivery revenue by country
China is ahead in total revenue for food delivery, at $27.3 billion in 2021. Meituan contributed to $15 billion of that revenue, as the largest food delivery app in the world by revenue and usage.
Projected food delivery market size
The food delivery industry is expected to grow to $320 billion by 2029. It saw its largest growth in five years in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Food delivery users by app
Delivery Hero, through its subsidiary brands of foodpanda, Glovo, PedidosYa, tabalat and Baedal Minjok, has the most active users. Uber Eats has the highest single app users, outside of China.
US food delivery market share
DoorDash pulled ahead of the competition in 2020 and currently has 57 percent of market share in the US, the second largest market for food delivery.
Food delivery downloads by app
Delivery Hero is once again ahead in total app downloads, although Uber Eats had the most single app downloads by 26.5 million in 2021, with DoorDash in second place.
More Delivery App Data
- Uber Eats Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)
- GoPuff Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)
- Just Eat Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)
- Gorillas Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)
- Postmates Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)
- Rapid Delivery App Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)
- DoorDash Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)
- Instacart Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)
- Grubhub Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)
- Getir Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)