In celebration of Heritage Day and Uber Eats 5th birthday, the app has unveiled some of the top flavours and meals by South Africans, as well as some other interesting data.
It’s in the request
Top items ordered include burgers, pizzas and chicken. The app has also seen traditional starch like rice commonly swapped out for pap and salad, showing that South Africans do make healthy choices.
South African’s know what they want, and that doesn’t include any garnish, as it has been the most common special request in the last 5-years, with tomatoes and onions being a “big no”. While thousands of orders come without trimmings and garnishes, South Africans do love extras and making special requests. From adding extra spice to ensuring their chips are very, very crispy. It is also clear that Eaters love a good celebration, with over 2406 delivery instructions with “birthday” in them. Pick your flavour
Since its launch five-years ago, Uber Eats has had over 4 million downloads [App Annie], with delivery people driving over 189,018,697 km to deliver food of all kinds - this is almost the exact distance to make 491.7 trips to the moon and back!
Along the way, Uber Eats has expanded the number of restaurants from 1000 since launch, to over 6000 stores across 27 cities. It has also expanded its offerings to include grocery and convenience which has grown by 1860% since its inception in March last year.
Uber Eats is also empowering everyone to be their authentic selves and eat what they love! Through a feature in-app, Eaters can find foods for different religious, spiritual and cultural groups, from halal to kosher, vegan or vegetarian, wheat or gluten-free.
And South Africans aren’t shy to get their favourites either and in numbers! One customer has ordered 53 times in one month through the Uber Eats app.Local is Lekker
With a growing demand from South Africans to have their favourite local cuisines available, Uber Eats has been actively increasing the availability, now offering 132 different cuisines. Mogodu, Kota’s, meat with pap and Chakalaka are just some examples of popular options, as the app onboards more traditional restaurants.
No home is without love and common courtesy as South Africans pride themselves on being warm and welcoming. So much so, South Africa was placed at number three last year, globally, on the app’s statistics when it comes to using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ on any special order requests. With Nelspruit and Gqeberha taking the win for the most polite cities in SA, followed closely by Cape Town. Eaters have even left special notes for restaurants sharing their love for their food, and great service!
Heritage Day is about honouring homegrown roots in cuisine, clothing and celebrations. It's a day where the country embodies what it is to be a rainbow nation.