2020 was and is a special year that many of us won’t forget! Our life changed when we were forced all of a sudden to keep distance one from each other, no more hugs, no more kisses, no more seeing the smile.
I found myself with two kids and husband 24 hours a day and to be honest I can’t stand not having my own space anymore. Forgive me for saying that, but let’s be honest, Covid indeed tested all the limits of patient between couples , and i’s sad that kids were prevented from living their childhood as a kid should do, free from any limitations.
Let’s not forget the fact that being locked down at home, the basic food products, such as bread , flour, sugar became hard too find, and in some countries they went missing for weeks on the shelves. People found themselves with time to cook, bake and dedicate time in kitchen.
Changes to eating habits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have been documented since the start of global lockdowns. Trends including a return to home cooking and baking, an increase in demand for organic, plant-based, vegan and vegetarian foods and a reduction in demand for what are perceived as more exotic foods, have all been identified, and many are expected to continue in the post COVID-19 era.
NEW FOOD HABITS!
Although there is no scientific evidence that the virus is transmitted by food, but consumer dining habits and shopper attitudes towards canned and pre-packaged food reflect uncertainty towards the pandemic’s largely unquantifiable threat. Increasingly, consumers are more conscious of food safety and food origin, and the COVID-led disruption of global supply chains has strengthened demand for shopping and dining locally.
The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as growing health and environmental concerns, has encouraged some consumers to choose animal-free diets. This in turn has contributed to an increase in the development of new products by plant protein firms and to a boost in consumer perception of the health benefits of plants, both as part of their diet and in healing remedies.
Lockdowns have also affected consumer attitudes towards food priorities. A recent consumer research study in Europe indicated that during the pandemic, vegan diets became more appealing to over 12% of consumers, with a quarter of young millennials (aged 21-30) being significantly more attracted to a vegan diet. The healing power of plants and botanical ingredients believed to have medicinal benefits also received significant support (51% of participants), while the five-a-day mantra moved up the list of food priorities as 23% of participants confirmed they have been consuming more fruit and vegetables since the start of the pandemic.
Popular amongst YouTube’s most watched videos during the same period were videos about understanding the origin of the pandemic and how it could be fought using home cooked food remedies. Analysis of online keywords indicates a significant increase in the popularity of searches for “Recipes” and “Delivery”. At the same time, interest in food products such as flour, bread, fruits, milk and chicken has increased significantly, indicating a long-term interest in cooking from scratch, baking and food storage.
A study of attitudes and eating habits in Spain during the lockdown indicates that lowering the frequency of shopping has reduced consumption of the most perishable food products, like ﬁsh and seafood, that would otherwise be heavily consumed. However, sales of non-perishable, ready meals also dropped. This was most likely attributed to people’s perception of the latter being unhealthy and the more time consumers had for cooking during the lockdown.
COVID-19 and the business interruption across the world has impacted global food supply chains and consumer habits. In response, the industry has made significant effort to be flexible and adapt ways of working to ensure food production and supply. However, the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19 will require the industry to adapt further and faster than initially expecte.
All what I have to say for now that I pray this Covid is over and we get back to normality, cause honestly , I can’t imagine humanity of the future is this reality we’re living today.