The number of Chinese takeaway restaurant outlets in England has soared to over 300,000, according to the latest official figures.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said there were around 7,000 takeaway restaurants in England as of December 2016.
The latest figures show there were more than 4,000 outlets across the country.BIS deputy director of research and analysis David Macleod said the figures were “extremely encouraging” and were likely to help drive up the number of takeaway restaurants over the next two years.
The data shows that there were about 3,500 outlets in the UK in 2015, up from 2,500 the year before.
Macleods report said the trend was likely to continue for the next several years, with the number increasing to 6,000 by 2023.
The Chinese takeaway chain, which has been around since the 1970s, is popular in the West as it has more options for consumers to order their takeaway meals, compared to their traditional Chinese food.
The figures come after a rise in the number and variety of takeaway orders in China, which is expected to see the number rise further.
According to BIS data, the number for 2016 was 8,942.
That was up 5.6 per cent on the previous year and the highest number recorded since the establishment of China Fast Food Restaurant (CFBR) in 2005.
The number of customers ordering takeaway in China increased by 5.4 per cent in the same year to 2,853, according the data.
It was the highest level of growth in the country since 2006.
The China Fast food Restaurant chain opened in 2005 in China’s second largest city, Beijing.
It now has about 5,000 restaurants across China and its reach is expanded to other cities and countries, including Singapore and Hong Kong.
The growth in China Fast restaurants has come as the country has stepped up restrictions on food imports and food production in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has restricted the sale of food from China to meet the new restrictions and said in July that it would review its import policy to prevent the spread of the virus.