FSS research reveals the impact of COVID-19 on food and drink retail purchasing

09 February 2021

Article: 55/0606

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has published new research, focussing on the impact of COVID-19 on food and drink retail purchasing in Scotland between January and July 2020.

FSS data found that more home cooking and meal ingredients were purchased during lockdown, including canned goods, dried pasta, rice, and pulses. This finding corresponds with results from the recently published FSS COVID-19 tracker, which showed that in May 2020, 40% of people reported cooking from scratch more often, compared to before lockdown. A total of 29% also reported eating healthy meals more often, aligning with the increased amount of vegetables bought during lockdown.

FSS data has also shown that more biscuits, confectionery, and crisps were bought during this time, a finding again supported by results from the COVID-19 tracker, which found that in May 2020, 44% of people reported snacking on cakes, biscuits, confectionery and savoury snacks more often than before lockdown. 

Source: FSS, 2 February 2021