Stocking Up and Stocking Out: Food Retail Stock-Outs, Consumer Demand, and Prices During the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020

With the supply chain problems recently plaguing the infant formula industry, policymakers have been tracking sales and availability of this food item that is critical to infant health and nutrition. A new study documents that stock-outs of infant formula appeared to increase in 2020 following the onset of the pandemic.

MDMR to Accept Applications for Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program beginning July 1

This program, funded by the Pandemic Assistance provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, will assist in defraying the expenses of preparing for, preventing exposure to and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic for seafood processing facilities and processing vessels.

Future of Fish Publishes Comprehensive COVID and D2C Industry Reports

April 28, 2022 Future of Fish

Future of Fish announces the release of complementary industry reports, Global Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Seafood Industry and Direct-to-Consumer Strategies for Seafood, both available for free download on the organization’s website.

Spending Gap Between Full-Service and Quick-Service Restaurants Widened During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

April 22, 2022 Keenan Marchesi, USDA ERS

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sparked an unprecedented shift in the way U.S. consumers spent money on food, particularly at restaurants and other food-away-from-home (FAFH) establishments. To document changes in consumer FAFH spending, researchers from the USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS) recently worked with proprietary data from a market research organization that were collected before and throughout the pandemic.

COVID-19 Pandemic Drives Changes in Food Shopping & Consumption Patterns

April 11, 2022 Freedonia Group

A new Freedonia Group analysis explores how these and other trends are affecting consumer attitudes about food packaging, and what that means for both food brands and packaging suppliers.