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Growing demand in Beirut for home-cooking delivery services

19-4-2017

In its edition on Monday, Al Hayat newspaper shed light on youth living independently of their parents and how they provide for their everyday meals. The newspaper spoke to a number of young people, like Nael for example, a university student who works at a bookstore and does not have the luxury or time to prepare his own food. Nael said that he depends mostly on fast food especially that the cost compared to house meals is insignificant contrary to what many people think, in terms of saving effort and time spent in cooking at home. Al Hayat pointed out that the restaurant business in the capital cannot boom if not supplemented by the service of delivery to houses or offices. Owners of bistros and restaurants, the newspaper wrote, have long realized the need to introduce food delivery services in order to cope with the fast paced lifestyle and the growing number of single people. This has prompted the development of services that meet the needs of clientele and consumers. Al Hayat also highlighted the emergence of eateries that cater traditional cuisine menus similar to meals prepared at home. The regular cost of one said meal starts from LBP 10 thousand (USD 6.5) to reach about LBP 30 thousand (USD 20), according to the newspaper. Moreover, some corporate employees rely on meals prepared by women at home and delivered in special boxes to their workplace. Such an option, Al Hayat explained, provides a genuine homemade snack that is often cheaper than eating out. In conclusion, Al Hayat wrote that preparation of meals secure an additional income for women who have no other source of livelihood, particularly that cooking at home does not require extra ingredients or skills. (Al Hayat, April 17, 2017)

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