The grocery business has been, as we all know, greatly impacted by the pandemic and shifts in consumer shopping habits and demand. The return of more grocery shoppers in-store has retailers breathing a sigh of relief, but supply chain issues and the associated challenges of getting stock into the store are concerning.
SupermarketNews recently published a report listing five key trends that have emerged this year:
- Fresh is back on track! With bakery and deli sections reopening and rebounding, things look bright on the perimeter.
- Supply chain issues linger, impacting center store most and increasing the likelihood of Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) out of stocks.
- Beverage sales are up, with single-serve beverages making a comeback as consumers resume their more active lifestyles.
- Snacks have become more popular as all-day noshing buoys the category both in-store and online. It seems younger consumers are more likely to snack for lunch.
- Wellness and weight control have had a positive impact on demand for vitamins and supplements, but flu remedies are lagging.