Texas A&M AgriLife experts say the agriculture industry is adjusting to consumer needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Links of the food supply chain are regaining strength after periods of uncertainty during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, instilling consumer confidence, according to Texas A&M AgriLife experts.
As supplies strengthen, however, the purchasing practices of consumers could be changing as a result of the pandemic, and creating a “new normal” instead of returning to pre-pandemic practices, said David Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics.
Anderson said prior to the COVID-19 shutdowns, consumers typically purchased about 50% of their food from grocery stores for home consumption. The other 50% was met through outside food services, such as restaurants and schools.
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