Ohio, where I live and work, has issued an order for everyone in the state to shelter in place. Restaurants and schools have been closed, large gatherings are prohibited — and the world of produce has suddenly changed.
Measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented demand at grocery stores, and retailers expect the sales increases could lead to difficulty sourcing some produce items in coming months.
IRI and Nielsen numbers for the week ending March 14-15 indicate fresh produce sales continue to soar as cities and states imposed more restrictions to contain the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19.
The power of value-added produce sales speaks for itself.For value-added items, the dollar share of total produce sales rated 9.8% in 2019, according to the Food Industry Association’s (FMI) Power of Produce report.
President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency because the coronavirus COVID-19 and waived the hours of service rules for truck drivers transporting emergency supplies of produce and other foods.