By Michael Browne
Source: Supermarket News
As the country begins to emerge from the pandemic, the grocery industry is looking back at the changes it underwent over the past year and how COVID impacted sales and shopping behavior — and whether or not those new behaviors and trends will carry on in a post-COVID world.
Certainly the fresh foods departments of supermarkets have seen their fair share of pandemic-related turbulence. Retailers have witnessed significant highs and lows in categories such as meat and produce (both highs), deli/prepared foods (a mixed bag) and fresh bakery and floral (challenged since the beginning of the pandemic). Shopper hoarding, supply challenges, labor issues and the rise of online grocery have all played their part in the changing face of the store perimeter.