A new report by the National Association of Chinese Restaurants and Bars (NACB) says that Chinese takeaway and pizza establishments are thriving in New Jersey.
The NACB, a nonprofit industry trade group, found that Chinese food outlets, including those that sell takeaway food and takeaway coffee, have increased in popularity and that consumers are buying the products in droves.
The report was released Thursday.
The group said that in the five years since the introduction of the state’s franchise system, the number of Chinese takeaway restaurants has doubled and that there are now 1,600 outlets in New England.
The study also said that Chinese pizza joints, Chinese takeaway outlets, and Chinese food restaurants have increased by over 200 percent over the same period.
The average wait time for a Chinese takeaway food order is now just over six minutes, while the average wait for a pizza order is almost 10 minutes.
“We’re seeing the growth of Chinese food and takeout restaurants and restaurants are being opened by millennials, who are also buying these products in large numbers,” NACMB executive director Jim Gatto said in a statement.
“It’s really important to remember that this is a demographic that is going to be coming back to New Jersey to consume food.”
In addition to its food business, the NACRB also examined how Chinese takeaway establishments and restaurants in New Brunswick are performing compared to those in other states.
The agency noted that Chinese restaurants in the state are consistently ranked as one of the top 10 places to go for Chinese food in the country.