Britons ordered 179.2 million takeaways from Anglo-Dutch delivery firm Just Eat Takeaway as continuous lockdowns forced demand to balloon.

Orders through the app rose 35pc in the UK throughout the year, with deliveries rising to 56 million in the last three months of the year alone as stay at home orders came back into effect.

The company also reported sizable spikes in demand for its other main markets, including Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands. In total, Just Eat delivered 588 million orders throughout 2020, bringing in €2.3bn in global sales, a near-50pc increase. Revenue in the fourth quarter jumped by almost 60pc to €740m.

Just Eat said it had put “tremendous effort” into improving its UK business and that its sales team was now double that of 2019.

Jitse Groen, the chief executive of Just Eat Takeaway, said the fourth quarter marked a third consecutive quarter of order growth acceleration.

“Our investment programme is very successful and has led to significant market share gains in most of our countries,” he said.

“In 2021, we will continue to invest in price leadership, improving our service levels and expanding our offering to restaurants and consumers.” 

Mr Groen also said the growth in the UK was “particularly exciting”.

The results come after the company said it was to offer its delivery drivers full-time hourly pay contracts in what represented a break from the “gig economy” model used by rivals.

In December, the company said it was planning to create 1,000 delivery jobs in London by March, who will be provided with branded e-bikes, and offered living wage contracts, holiday pay and pension contributions.

The pandemic has helped delivery firms boost revenues and profits as demand soared. Last month, Will Shu, the founder of delivery rival Deliveroo, said the company had been in the black for the past six months after years of losses.

Mr Shu’s firm is expected to float on the stock exchange later this year. ​