The food industry will probably never be the same again.
In a post-COVID world, people will be wary of eating out, for more reasons than one. Food hygiene is only one of them – there will be worrying questions on how to practice social distancing in a restaurant. Even if there’s 25% less seating, as it has been suggested, will people take on the risk? Also, restaurants will not be able to operate at these margins, so it might get more expensive to eat out. With millions losing jobs, eating out may simply not be affordable, or worth the risk. It’s a grim picture.
But, with disaster comes opportunity (for some) – as John D. Rockefeller said famously – “I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.” So, if people are not going out, what’s the next best option? Home delivery.