Fresh Food

Reinventing the Deli to Recoup Lost Sales Amid Retail Foodservice Closures

Supermarkets have seen unprecedented increases in sales since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fresh Food

Dairy Sales Still Up, But Service Bakery, Deli Struggle

Pandemic shopping is still boosting demand for dairy, but consumers shy away from service bakery and deli products.

Dairy sales are up over last year as pandemic shopping patterns continue.

The food industry rises to the occasion as an essential resource provider in these trying times.

The trend of retailers helping foodservice counterparts continues, with the Midwest retailers offering grab-and-go dishes from local eateries in their delis.

In week six of the coronavirus pandemic, dairy and bakery sales were strong while deli sales were not as high.

Buoyed by a 41.2% gain in meat, total perimeter store sales increased 15.8% through April 5 vs. same week last year.

Understanding shifting consumer purchase behavior in the current COVID-19 landscape is "incredibly important to understand what’s next."

Sandwiches and wraps continue to dominate grocery as well as mass merchant and c-store menus.

The fresh meat department has powered the perimeter to record-setting levels throughout the month of March as pandemic pantry-building shoppers frantically bought food for family meals for all three dayparts.

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