CFI: COVID-19 fears change shopping trends


By Tom Steever, Brownfield

March 18, 2020


The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) says coronavirus-related isolation and social distancing are causing unprecedented consumer behavior changes. CFI’s Consumer Trust Insights Council, made up of food industry thought leaders and social scientists, says buying patterns have shifted. Along with stocking up on toilet paper, hand sanitizer, canned and frozen foods, the council says shoppers are also buying guilty pleasures, like chocolate, cookies and beverages.


Council members also say coronavirus is accelerating a “homing” trend that’s been building over the last few years...