ON­LINE DIN­ING MADE TO OR­DER

From pizza to wings, we want it de­liv­ered

Herald Sun - - NEWS - GENEVIEVE ALI­SON genevieve.ali­son@news.com.au

THE big­gest pizza lovers in Aus­tralia hail from St Kilda while Fern­tree Gully was home to the coun­try’s best burger last year.

Yar­rav­ille had the high­est num­ber of gluten-free din­ers and the best chicken wings were found in As­cot Vale.

The Her­ald Sun can re­veal our state’s food plate ac­cord­ing to a new re­port into on­line food de­liv­ery re­leased to­day.

Vic­to­ri­ans are lead­ing the charge of lazy eaters, with more than half ad­mit­ting they or­der in when they can’t be both­ered to cook and 80 per cent say­ing they have ditched plans of go­ing out for din­ner to stay in with home de­liv­ered food in­stead.

The re­port by Menu­log, the first of its kind in Aus­tralia, found Vic­to­ri­ans were most likely to or­der food to “chill in bed” and al­most a third like the idea of “eat­ing out at home”.

De­spite the state’s pref­er­ence to bunker down at home, Menu­log’s Aus­tralia-New Zealand man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Alis­tair Venn said food de­liv­ery was an in­creas­ingly “so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence”.

“More of­ten than not Menu­log or­ders are those that will feed the fam­ily or be shared with friends,” Mr Venn said.

“In fact, more than half of all Vic­to­ri­ans say they or­der food on­line to en­joy time with fam­ily and friends.”

Vic­to­ri­ans were also found to or­der food on­line while watch­ing a big sport­ing match at home.

The CBD, South­bank, East Mel­bourne, Carl­ton and Bruns­wick were the most de­liv­ered-to sub­urbs with the surf coast and Gee­long among the fastest grow­ing ar­eas.

“As Vic­to­ri­ans lead busier and busier lives, they con­tinue to look for new ways to save a bit of time in the day,” Mr Venn said, adding that con­ve­nience was the key driver of the trend.

On­line food de­liv­ery in Aus­tralia is boom­ing with more than 68 mil­lion or­ders made — al­most 7000 per hour. The on­line de­liv­ery mar­ket is grow­ing at eight times that of the to­tal food ser­vice in­dus­try.

Leanne Abri­ani Jensen en­joys a pizza at home. Pic­ture: IAN CUR­RIE

PAD THAI The most pop­u­lar dish or­dered in Aus­tralia AS­COT VALE Pay Mr Pabo a visit for Best Wings 2017 FERN­TREE GULLY On It Burg­ers has the Best Burger 2017

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