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  • Why are non-perishables becoming a priority on shopping lists?
  • Why are non-perishables becoming a priority on shopping lists?
    Mick Haupt (2020) ©

How are Americans filling their pandemic pantries?

Grocery stores have seen business boom as Americans have sought out shelf-stable foods to prepare for life under lockdown. What does this mass uptake of non-perishables reveal about the ways people are eating during the crisis? And will their taste for these products last post-COVID-19?

Location United States

By April 9th 2020, the threat posed by COVID-19 had forced 42 states to impose ‘stay-at-home’ and ‘shelter-in-place’ directives, affecting more than 310 million Americans. [1] These measures, which resulted in the closure of restaurants and panic-buying at supermarkets, caused many people to seriously rethink how they feed themselves while stuck at home. Highlighting this shift in outlook, respondents to a survey conducted by eMeals in March cooked an average of six dinners at home in the previous week, representing a significant increase on the 3.8 meals reported in a similar poll from 2018. 



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