We all have that experience when we were going to food shows and festivals, standing in packed lines just inches apart from each other to get some food or try some samples. Fast forward to today, can you still imagine such events? With all this Coronavirus pandemic’s impact on our life, now it is very hard even to imagine such food festivals. In this article, we will take a look at how Coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed food trends in the US.
People tend to cook at home
The New York Times probably wrote the best story about the losers and winners on how the Virus Changed the Way Americans Spend Their Money.
Food trends have drastically changed as families cook at home nowadays.
Remember once the meals-on-the-go were all rage? Like just a couple of months back. Individually wrapped snacks are already popular and helpful, less on-the-go but more for cleanliness purposes.
Food staples such as beans, rice, pasta and aseptic-packaged beverages such as almond milk and soups have loaded people’s carts. I was filled with dried fruit nuts, chicken stock, beans and a lot of cheese and my beloved pepperoni.
One silver lining of not being able to run out to the shop is that I cut back on rush purchases like chips!
Americans still are purchasing food packages, given the fact that they have more time on their hands now that there is no traffic.
In March, customers were mega-loaded on massive shopping trips. So now we’ve heard that there’s enough food, and the stores are being filled, people are chilled out.
Food supply and production networks are damaged
Food banks are the biggest losers. They normally rely on donations or cheaper food orders from groceries. Today, retailers can hardly keep their shelves filled because of the perfect storm of buyers, but fewer employees are willing to work and manufacturers can’t cope.
With more people getting food from food banks — which Rolling Stone contributes to Congress not increasing food stamps — this is another perfect storm of gale-force winds.
Do not even get me going with the farm disposal of milk and eggs. Just before Easter, no less than that! In one week, New York farmers dumped 25-35 million pounds of milk.
Later turned out that the powdered milk companies are full, and most dairy farms do not have processing infrastructure.
Local food means food security
In 2011, Freakonomics suggested that local food would be unreliable. Oh, how thankful we are now that we have farmers’ shops open with freshly harvested veggies and fruits as well as dry fruits and nuts for our larders.
In 2020, the Freakonomics podcast is focusing on what occurs when someone sits at home to eat?
The truth is that many suppliers of ingredients which comprise a restaurant or school meal have lost their markets. Its fish, poultry, eggs, vegetables, and so many more. Their episode also mentions a customer-direct meat rancher who was able to increase prices.
Many clever and creative restaurants, those that have remained open anyway, have begun selling to the public the ingredients they use in their restaurants.
In fact, the Food and drug administration made a regulation that temporarily requires restaurants to pack and mark staples such as eggs and grains for sale to the public.
It really is worth listening to the Freakonomics episode. Listening to a grocer speak about how they’re wired for crisis, and the ever-changing world brings home the value of our local grocery stores, either Indies or chains.
Grocery stores are rarely better off than when the public wants them the most. We cope with the crisis on a yearly basis, and we recognize that we feed the neighborhoods and, in many situations, the food store is a community center.
Some of the workers of the grocery stores died of COVID-19
We require flexibility in the option about where our food is coming from. Someone said that Amazon is in a position to claim over all food supplies. That would be terrible.
The Coronavirus pandemic informs us, as with all incidents such as fires, that numerous food providers, hardware manufacturers and pharmacies are important to keeping costs in line and giving us choices as to how we fulfill our desires as customers (and how food farmers supply their food).
Amazon determined that shipping important items would postpone the delivery of what was considered non-essential goods.
Projected food trends for the future
What we are experiencing now — labour problems from manufacturing to delivery to sales — could simply point to more technology and automation in the coming future. Self-checkout ensures that less germs and bacteria have passed and less reliance on workers.
Will the Food and drug administration continue to allow restaurants to sell processed food? That would have been kind of sweet. The regulations are fair, in particular not needing a nutrition panel, but allowing labeling of ingredients and allergens.
If this disease outbreak does anything, strategies for further on-farm value-added production or storing has to happen. Once upon a time, cities had local food industries. The time has arrived again.
Would people tend to cook at home more than before that they have had a fire-trial immersion? What do you think will be the new food trends in 6 months from now?