Pandemic’s end unlikely to change consumers’ habits

Food consumption trends created by COVID-19 will continue long after the pandemic has passed, according to a January 11 panel at the 2021 American Farm Bureau Federation Virtual Convention, reported the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation (VFBF).

“As of February 2020, only 5% of households were buying groceries online, and in March, that jumped up to 30%,” said Roxi Beck, consumer engagement director for The Center for Food Integrity. She moderated the panel, which was titled “The Post-COVID Consumer: What’s Top of Mind for Them.”

“So even if half of those consumers go back, that’s still a three-time increase in…

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