Sunday, April 26, 2020

WINE, flour and toilet rolls are top of the list for many shoppers during the Covid-19 emergency.

A new survey by Teagasc and University College Cork (UCC), together with universities worldwide, indicates that flour and wine are up there with toilet rolls as items in high demand.

Professor Mary McCarthy of UCC says: “Anecdotal evidence indicates a renewed interest in baking and more cooking from scratch. However, wine consumption has also increased.  While we might expect health motivations to increase in importance at this time, is this actually the case across all age groups?”

Researchers from Teagasc and UCC are collaborating with the University of Antwerp and universities across the globe to find out more about consumer shopping, cooking and baking, eating and media habits, both before and during the Covid-19 restrictions.

Universities and research institutions from 28 countries have already signed up to undertake the new research. The initiative called the ‘International CoronaCookingSurvey’ will be able to find out how Irish shoppers have changed their habits, compared with other European and international consumers.

Dr Sinéad McCarthy of Teagasc says that many changes in people’s food- and drink-related behaviour and attitudes are temporary but some will be more permanent. She explains: “We need to understand this now to help Irish farmers, food producers and retailers adapt to the post-Covid-19 context.”

People are invited to participate in the survey at They must be over 18 and the Twitter hashtag is #coronacookingsurvey.

Read more about the survey in an upcoming edition of the ‘Laois Nationalist’ newspaper or in our e-paper online.

Image: Courtesy of Cork Market




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