With the days getting longer and the temperatures warming, consumers are itching to get out and do things. In areas where safety protocols remain in place and vaccinations are being aggressively administered, it is likely that Covid-19 numbers will show a rapid decline. This is great news! While consumers are looking forward to getting out safely, the combination of ongoing virtual work environments and flexible schedules, along with continued concerns about making upcoming payments and the ease of grocery pick-up and delivery services, are creating a major shift in consumer food spending, according to the hot-off-the-presses Deloitte report “Surprise Ingredients in the Post-Pandemic Food Story.” You can read more HERE.
Deloitte’s poll of 3,000 U.S. consumers shows that many will be buying fresh food, with cooking likely going to outlast the health crisis. The pent-up demand for restaurant dining isn’t going to be enough for a full foodservice recovery. As Covid-19 forced more people to eat at home, the frequency of dining out will remain stunted compared to 2019, even when the health crisis ends, according to the Deloitte report.
“We may be about to witness the reversal of a multi-decade trend,” according to the report, when referencing the pendulum swinging from growth in dining out to stay-at-home eating.