McDonald's delivery service is actually happening - and soon

'McDeliveries' of Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets could be up and running by the summer.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 26th April 2017, 12:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:06 pm
You'll never have to leave the house for McDonald's again
You'll never have to leave the house for McDonald's again

McDonald's is to roll out a long-awaited home delivery trial as UK consumers continue to embrace the rapidly expanding market.

The fast food giant said it was looking to launch a "small" delivery pilot this summer, with specific locations yet to be decided.

A McDonald's spokeswoman said: "It is no secret we have been looking at the potential of delivery in recent months.

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"This service is offered in other markets around the world and its growth within the UK continues to gather pace.

"Listening to our customers, we know that this is a route they would like us to explore, and I can confirm that we are looking to launch a small delivery pilot this summer.

"Specific locations to be included within this pilot are yet to be decided."

The announcement comes a week after KFC launched home deliveries across 30 restaurants in Greater London via the Just Eat platform.

Recent figures show home deliveries of ready-to-eat food grew 10 times faster than the eating out market last year.

The delivery sector jumped almost 10% to 599 million visits in Britain last year, while total visits out to restaurants and other dining venues rose by just 1%, according to analysts NPD Group.

The delivery channel was worth £3.6 billion last year, a 6% increase on 2015 and 50% more than in 2008.

The study found the average bill for delivered food is nearly £1 lower than for a meal eaten on the premises.

Cyril Lavenant, foodservice director for the UK at the NPD Group, said ordering ready-to-eat food for delivery via an app or by phone "is growing so fast that 'eating in' is becoming the new 'eating out'".