Punch pubs and bars trial food delivery with Just Eat

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Pub company Punch is partnering online food delivery specialist Just Eat with two initiatives to help its licensees grow sales in their pubs and bars.

Pubs and bars without catering facilities are encouraging their customers to have food delivered to their tables from participating local restaurants using the Just Eat app.

Crockery, cutlery, condiments and napkins are provided by the bar which benefits from increased footfall and incremental drinks sales. It is currently being trialled by Punch pubs and bars in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.

Alternatively, pubs and bars which already offer food can offer a takeaway menu and home delivery service to their local customer base via the just Eat app or website. Licensees are supported with high-quality packaging for delivering the food.

Steve Kite, catering development manager for Punch, said: “This partnership with Just Eat is an exciting opportunity for Punch and our publicans. For those who do not currently have a food offering, it has the potential to drive new footfall as well as increase trade from existing customers in wet-led pubs as drinkers can now become diners.”

Angela Shortland from the Midland Hotel in Stapleford, Nottingham, who is one of the licensees trialling the idea, said: “This is a fantastic initiative which caters for us as we don’t have the cooking facilities you would expect from a bigger pub. However, we now can compete by also offering a seven-day-a-week food service which we hope to see boost our drinks sales.”

Graham Corfield, managing director of Just Eat UK, said: “At Just Eat we’re always looking at ways to enhance the customer experience, offering people more choice and variety – whether that’s providing a range of different cuisines to choose from or providing flexibility in how people order and pay for their food.

“This initiative opens up more opportunities for both Punch and Just Eat customers to order food in a way and place that suits them.”

Steve added: “Statistics from Euromonitor International show that takeaway is a booming sector; with expenditure on pizza, curry and Chinese food expected to grow by 28% during this decade to £7.6bn a year.

“The addition of a takeaway offer to our sites creates an opportunity to increase food sales with the support of Just Eat and we are very keen to see how the trial sites perform.”

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