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Hey there, listeners. It’s Mike Snider here. Welcome back to Talking Tech. Brett Melina is off today. Now, not that all of our topics here on Talking Tech aren’t fun, but this one is especially entertaining because it deals with what we like to eat. Specifically, what we order from Uber Eats. Now, if you don’t know, Uber Eats delivers food from restaurant and from supermarkets. The restaurant business alone in the US is estimated by statistics at about $32 billion in the US this year with Uber Eats holding about 20% of the market. DoorDash is the leader at 40%. Now, grocery delivery is worth even more at about $120 billion in 2021, according to eMarketer with Martin and Amazon the market leaders here.
Okay. Enough with the figures. What did we order over the last 12 months? Believe it or not, bananas. Bananas were the number one grocery item delivered, according to the recently released Uber Eats cravings report. The company delivered more than 25,000 pounds of bananas. That’s more than 12 tons in September alone. So whether you’re just peeling and eating them or making banana bread, which has been a big thing during the pandemic or making them into smoothies like we do here at my home, that’s still a lot of bananas.
Now let’s go look at restaurant food. The most ordered items were French fries, Pad Thai, garlic naan, soda, meso soup, California roll. This one, I’m not sure what this is, Chicken Tika Masala, edamame, mozzarella sticks, and spicy tuna roll. One item that really caught on over the last 12 months was cheese fries. It’s a side order that increased by more than 1000% over the past year. Now, what were the most popular cuisines ordered? I can get down with this. Mexican was number one, then burgers and sandwiches, Chinese, Indian, pizza. I think pizza would be higher here at our home. Sushi than Thai, Mediterranean breakfast, which includes bagels and donuts. And then Vietnamese.
Now, when did people like to order from Uber Eats? Weekends were the most popular days to order according to them with the delivery time most likely to be 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The biggest order that Uber Eats got in the last 12 months was one customer ordered $7,719 worth of groceries and more than 218 items. Hopefully, they didn’t try to bring that in a small vehicle. Uber Eats also delivers alcoholic beverages, which it began after its acquisition of Drizzly in February 2021. The most popular orders and I can go along with this, number one was large margaritas followed by Titos vodka, then White Claw variety packs, Josh Cellar’s Cabernets [inaudible 00:02:51] and Corona. The three cities ordering the most alcohol deliveries, they didn’t say what reason, but they were Sacramento, Palm Springs, and Tampa Bay.
Now, you know the saying special orders don’t upset us. Well, they don’t upset Uber Eats either. And some of the special orders they got, where customers wanted requests for extra soy sauce, extra spicy, and extra gravy. Some requests that went down over the last 12 months were requests for extra avocado, mayo, pickles, and ranch dressing. A couple of those are pretty caloric. So after the pandemic shut down, I could see people cutting back on that. Now, one special request that Uber Eats told us about. I’m going to read to you just because, well, you’ll get it when you hear it. It’s about someone ordered a pulled pork sandwich, and here’s what they said.
“If you could please thoroughly saturate the pulled pork with the barbecue sauce. I just want to make sure that the pulled pork is fully covered in barbecue sauce, as opposed to just putting unsauced meat on the bun, and then some barbecue sauce on the top.” We don’t know whether this is like Carolina pulled pork, or Texas pulled pork, or Kansas City pulled pork. But you know, at this point we’ve had enough talking about food and drink. I’m getting hungry and thirsty. So listeners, let’s hear from you. Have any comments, questions, or show ideas? Any thoughts about food and grocery delivery you want to share? You can find me on Twitter at Mike Snyder. Please don’t forget to subscribe and rate us, or leave a review on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, anywhere you get your podcast. You’ve been listening to Talking Tech. We’ll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world of tech.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Uber Eats Cravings Report: Talking Tech podcast