Home Delivery Food: Take a Bite with a Franchise Business

09/10/2018 18:00 | Food franchises

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As sofas get more comfortable, TV screens get larger, and the choice of home delivery food increasing, there’s no wonder that Brits are choosing to stay at home and eat, rather than dining out.

And the trend towards choosing to stay-at-home to eat, drink and socialise is likely to continue as Brits shun expensive bars and restaurants for cheaper, convenient and tasty alternatives. This makes it a great time to start a home delivery food franchise.

Home cooked food delivery

According to the NPD Group, over the last ten years, the home delivery food market has increased it’s worth to a huge £4.2 billion. There really is no stopping the takeaway delivery phenomenon that is shaking up Britain’s food service industry.

Companies such as the One Delivery franchise have played a large part in the increase of takeaways as they have enabled lesser known independent businesses to compete with bigger brands. So much so that the NPD Group has forecast that the takeaway delivery market will grow an additional 17% in value over the next two years.

If you’re interested in investing in a One Delivery franchise, then you’ll find it’s more affordable than you first thought. You could become your own boss in return for the low-cost franchise fee of just £495.

You’ll also need to pay a monthly management fee of £75 plus a 5% - 12% fee on credit card orders. You get to keep the rest. Based on other franchisees, you're expected to turn a profit by your third month of trading.

As a One Delivery franchisee, you’ll be in control of your work schedule. You can choose the hours you work to fit in with other commitments. This gives you the freedom and flexibility to become the boss without the full-time commitment which is very often required of a franchisee.

The business model is simple too. Customers can order the food they’re craving quickly and easily to be delivered straight to their door. They simply log onto the One Delivery website and place their order. They can even track their order, so they know when to expect their food.

The process is straightforward for participating restaurants too. When an order is placed, the restaurant receives a real-time update which can be printed at the tap of a button to share with kitchen staff. When the food is almost ready the restaurant notifies a driver that collection is needed at which point specialist equipment is used to keep the food fresh and hot, so it arrives at the customer in perfect condition.

Home food delivery services

But it isn’t just take away meals that make up the home delivery food market. There are also franchises that cater to other food delivery services.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that more people are living in the UK than ever before, 65.6 million in fact. This is in part due to the UK population getting older with 18% of Brits aged 65 and over and 2.4% aged 85 and over.

This has increased the demand for services supplied by franchises such as Wiltshire Farm Foods more than ever before. Wiltshire Farm Foods cooks and delivers delicious and nutritious frozen ready meals to customers, with an average age of 83, up and down the country.

As you would expect for a reputable franchise of this size, a significant investment is required to become a franchisee. Your capital plus liquid assets should range from £80,000 to £150,000 but in return, you can expect to turnover between £500,000 and £1 million a year.

Once you become a franchisee, you'll receive two weeks of IT support to help with the day-to-day running of your business. You'll also have access to a dedicated Business Manager to help you develop a marketing plan and provide ongoing support as and when you need it.

To make sure that you’re always kept up to date with industry and business updates, you'll be invited to attend quarterly regional meetings with other Wiltshire Farm Foods franchisees as well as an annual conference where future strategy plans are discussed.

These events offer an excellent opportunity for you to meet fellow franchisees from within the network. You get to learn how successful peers have grown their businesses and overcome challenges they've encountered along the way.

Organic food home delivery

Sales of organic food and drink are also on the rise. In 2017, they increased by 6% to £2.2 billion, a record high driven mainly by independent outlets and home deliveries, according to a report from the Soil Association.

This makes it a great time to buy a Riverford franchise as they put a healthy twist on online food shopping. Each week Riverford delivers more than 47,000 boxes of fresh fruit, vegetables, and organic goods directly from their farms.

Over 70 Riverford franchisees sell an ever-growing range of organic produce including meat, eggs, and milk as part of their famous recipe boxes. If you’re considering becoming part of one of the most flexible and healthy fast food franchise opportunities in the UK, then this could be the right investment for you.

The investment needed to become a Riverford franchisee varies depending on how many deliveries the available existing franchise makes each year. As well as the franchise fee, you’re required to pay a training fee of £5,500 plus VAT. In return, you’ll receive a week of comprehensive training, branded clothing, marketing materials and data relating to your exclusive territory.

The business model works by orders from your customers being processed every day at your regional farm. These are then picked, packaged, and dispatched during the night. They’re delivered in chilled vans to refrigerated collection hubs in your area so that everything is kept as fresh as possible. You’ll manage marketing activities, events, customers’ accounts, and orders through a database, linking Riverford offices to yours at home.

Conclusion

Times are changing. Where people once used their leisure time to socialise in local pubs and restaurants, the home has now become the entertainment venue of choice. Having friends over for food allows people to control what is eaten, with healthy options now able to be delivered as well as the usual fast food, as well as keeping costs down.

If you’re interested in investing in a home delivery food franchise, there is a wide variety to choose from so there is bound to be an opportunity that's right for you.

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