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Just Eat UK research reveals workers take half of their allocated lunch breaks


Busy Brits have become a nation that “wunch” - a new term coined to describe working through lunch.

A poll of 1,000 employees found on average, workers take less than half of their allocated lunch break, working through 21 minutes a day when they should be relaxing.

In order to get the day's to-do list done, half of the respondents admit to occasionally forgoing an afternoon meal altogether, while 68% of Brits admit to multi-tasking and tucking into their lunch while still on the job.

Despite many of us working within walking distance of popular lunch spots and local independent eateries, 13 percent of employees claim they’ve never tried something new to eat on their lunch break. Instead, nearly half of respondents admit to eating the same thing for lunch every day at work.

The humble and convenient sandwich is the go-to for 55 per cent of Brits. Eighteen per cent opt for a salad and a fifth top their vitamins up with a piece of fruit.

The research was conducted by Just Eat, who have built a giant lunchbox in Liverpool’s Exchange Flag to help hungry workers rediscover the joy of taking a lunch break.

The oversized container, which stands at two metres tall and four metres wide, appeared overnight and has caught the attention of commuters and office workers, who stopped to pose for selfies.

The unveiling of the giant lunchbox marks the introduction of Just Eat’s new click and collect lunch service which is now available* in Liverpool, Leeds, London, and Glasgow. Foodies will be able to order lunch items, pay through the Just Eat app, and pick up their afternoon meal from a nearby restaurant.

Customers who order at lunch time, can also earn stamps as part of Just Eat’s first loyalty scheme, which gives you £5 off once you have five stamps. To get people started, Just Eat is offering three stamps for the first lunch collection order.

Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director of Just Eat, said: “Just Eat is already well established as the go-to app for evening and weekend food delivery, but a large number of restaurants on our platform also offer a wide variety of delicious options at lunchtime. By introducing this lunch collection service and loyalty programme, we want to offer more choice, convenience and value for money to hungry workers who are short on time. You can beat the queues, try something new and hopefully reclaim some of your lunch break.

"Similar to how the lunch box grabbed attention, we hope our new lunch collection service encourages people to mix up their lunchtime routine and explore the fantastic range of food on offer.”

To make ordering as easy as possible, Just Eat has made updates to its **app to provide accurate estimates of when lunch orders will be ready to pick up.

The app dynamically calculates walk time to the restaurant from the location the order was placed and matches that with food prep times to let you know when to arrive at the restaurant.

To order, download the Just Eat app today or go to www.just-eat.co.uk

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