Can the Foodservice Distribution Industry Recover from the Pandemic?

July 19, 2022 Harvard Business Review

At the height of the pandemic in 2020, US Foods struggled, as restaurant and school closures reduced demand for foodservice distribution.

COVID-19 Economic Implications for Agriculture, Food, and Rural America: Food and Consumers

July 12, 2022 USDA ERS

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic led to significant changes in U.S. consumers’ food spending patterns in early 2020, with a return to pre-pandemic spending patterns that continued through 2021. While closures of restaurants and nonessential businesses contributed to record unemployment increases during March and April 2020, unemployment fell to below pre-pandemic levels by December 2021. Although income and employment improved, some U.S. households continue to face difficulties obtaining adequate food, particularly in the face of increasing food prices.

Pandemic Gave Yogurt Consumption a Needed Boost

June 28, 2022 Freedonia Group 

As consumers ate more meals at home, they also purchased more yogurt, including trying new brands and formats. Interest in yogurt as both a healthy snack and a better-for-you dessert rose, driving numerous introductions of innovative yogurt styles and flavor profiles, many premium items.

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.

Study Examines Meat Retailing Opportunities for Farmers

More than two years after the abrupt arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the market for direct-to-consumer meat sales continues to flourish.