Hotpot chain Haidilao has introduced large, soft toys to

Hotpot chain Haidilao has introduced large, soft toys to

accompany solo diners at its more than 200 outlets nationwide.

Figures from major e-commerce platform Tmall show that last year, the sales of mini-microwave ovens and mini-washing ma

chines rose by 970 percent and 630 percent, respectively, year-on-year, while purchases of one-person ho

tpots rose by 208 percent. There has also been rapid sales growth for many other daily-use commodities.

Food and beverage is a key sector that has benefited from the singles economy, according to the Sinolink Securities re

port, which said more than half of singles spend 10 to 30 percent of their income on food and drink.

But some 23 percent of them never cook, and some 46 percent said they

seldom do so, which has helped spur rapid growth in the food delivery industry.

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