US food delivery app usage up 21% in 2019

Anne Freier

In App Business. July 10, 2019

Food delivery apps are now used by 38 million people in the US, according to estimates by research firm eMarketer. The prediction marks a 21% increase over 2018 and eMarketer predicts that 20% more smartphone users will be using food delivery apps by 2021.

Usage of Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub and Co is estimated to climb to over 44 million people by 2020, hitting 60 million US smartphone users in 2023.

According to Nazmul Islam, a junior forecasting analyst at eMarketer, food delivery app companies are driving growth by “continuing to expand and develop new partnerships with food merchants.” This means that “customers can expect more options, which will drive user growth.”

DoorDash some the highest consumer spend at 27.6% in 2019, according to Edison Trends, followed by Grubhub (26.7%) and Uber Eats (25.2%).

Earlier this year, Sensor Tower data revealed that Uber Eats was the most downloaded food delivery apps globally in 2018 (66 million), followed by Zomato, Swiggy, Word of Mouth and Foodpanda.

Compared to 2017, Uber Eats grew 91% whilst Swiggy noted a 469% rise in downloads.