COVID-19 latest news from around the world

07 July 2021
As the vaccine rollout continues and talk turns to lifting of all restrictions in England, our latest monthly ShopperVista update revealed an increase in shopping around at the same time as rising inflation concerns. Here is our summary of what you need to know about British shoppers: Shopper confidence relatively high Shopper confidence still remains relatively high, despite de...
12 May 2021
Webinar recap Last week Michael and Dan shared some of our latest research looking at life after lockdown and what this will mean for British shoppers as they adjust to having more freedoms and being able to socialise once again. Over the last 14 months or so all of us in the shopper team have been keeping a close eye on shopper behaviour, monitoring the shifts and predicting which of t...
15 April 2021
In our upcoming ShopperVista webinar on 6 May we will delve into what will be next for shoppers. As restrictions begin to ease around the country and we can start socialising once again what will that mean for shopping habits? What are the trends to watch? At the start of 2021, we set out five shopper trends to watch: Savvy shopping norm Multiple meal solutions Demanding...
18 January 2021
The outbreak of COVID-19 has been one of the biggest public health challenges ever faced. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, big changes in shopper behaviour and range consolidation meant the retail food and drink market actually grew in 2020 while foodservice sales declined. How could this impact front of pack (FOP) nutrition labels? 1. FOP Nutrition labelling is under review Front of p...
12 January 2021
Latest IGD research, conducted 8-10 January, shows that half of shoppers claimed to have stockpiled or bought extra recently due to COVID-19. This has increased from last week though is still lower than previous levels, particularly last April, when it reached 64%. Stockpiling is highest among 18-44s (62%) and those living in London and Northern Ireland (both 65%). In comparison, claimed st...
08 January 2021
Despite increased COVID-19 restrictions over the Christmas period and uncertainty over EU Exit, our latest Shopper Confidence Index remained stable in December at -6. Key drivers for confidence The latest results in shopper confidence represent the highest recorded level since February 2020. While many shoppers did not have the festive period they had planned for, confidence appeare...
08 January 2021
Latest IGD research conducted 6-7 January has shown that 45% of shoppers claimed to have stockpiled or bought extra recently due to COVID-19. This has declined from 53% in research conducted 18-20 December. Stockpiling is highest among 18-34s (50%), ABs (56%) and those living in London (61%). In comparison, claimed stockpiling due to the UK leaving the EU is lower and stable at 21% (24% in ...
07 January 2021
Most of us were glad to see the end of 2020 and were looking forward to a new year and better times ahead. While 2021 has not started the way we would have hoped, when it comes to predicting how shoppers will react to the external environment the behaviours we saw in 2020 have helped us create our predictions to enable us all to be better set-up for meeting the needs of shoppers. As a shoppe...
17 December 2020
Forecasting what will happen next has never been so tricky, with changes in guidance being given so frequently it is difficult for shoppers to keep up. In September we released our UK food-to-go market forecasts for up to 2022 however with second rounds of country wide lockdowns, localised restrictions and vaccine advancements we re-visited our forecasts to provide a quarter four update . ...
17 December 2020
Uncertainty is the theme around this Christmas period – as I am writing this blog, the governments of the UK are updating their advice around Christmas bubbles and what can and can’t be done. I said a couple of weeks ago that it was a hard time to be an insight manager and that, at the very least, remains true! How are shoppers behaving? We have been tracking shopper sentiment and behaviour...
15 December 2020
Latest IGD research conducted over the weekend 11-13 December has revealed that 58% of shoppers claimed to have stockpiled or bought extra recently due to COVID-19. This has increased from 52% (6- 8 November). Stockpiling is highest among 18-44s (62%), ABs (62%) and those living in the North East (64%), West Midlands (63%) London (61%) and the South East (63%). In comparison, claimed stockp...
09 November 2020
Following the announcement of a second national lockdown in England, there continue to be reports of significantly increased sales particularly for household paper, tins and packaged goods, and personal care products. The supply chain remains resilient with no significant shortages. Demand for online delivery slots is also reported to be very strong. Latest IGD research conducted over the we...
06 November 2020
Since the increase in shopper stockpiling last weekend which coincided with the announcement of a second national lockdown , stockpiling has slipped back. On Wednesday and Thursday, there was a decline in shoppers claiming to have stockpiled to 45% compared to 55% over the weekend. Stockpiling is highest among 18-24s (73%), ABC1s (51%) and those with children (52%). Top categories ...
05 November 2020
Following the announcement of a second national lockdown , there was an increase in shopper stockpiling over the weekend. Since then, stockpiling has slipped back at the start of this week. On Monday and Tuesday, there was a decline in shoppers claiming to have stockpiled to 46% comparted to 55% over the weekend. Stockpiling is highest among 18-24s (53%) and 35-44s (51%). Top categ...
14 September 2020
One month after lockdown our health tracking recorded that more than four in ten shoppers (41% in April 2020) stated that they almost/mostly eat healthy food and drink and that 89% are actively trying to improve their diet in some way.  But how has this been impacted by COVID-19, when how we buy, prepare, eat and even value food changed for us all? Shopper’s aspire to be healthy, but it doe...
24 June 2020
COVID-19 has caused a monumental shift in consumers’ food and drink habits. Our new Eating In Vs Dining Out report, produced in collaboration with foodservice consultant Peter Backman, explores the impact of COVID-19 on the UK food and drink market and outlines four scenarios for the future. During the pandemic, the boundaries between eating at home and out-of-home, already blurred, have b...
16 June 2020
In this blog accompanying the life under lockdown part two report, Dan looks at more findings from the first community around eating, cooking and baking during lockdown and how this has changed for our community. Food has undergone huge change during lockdown Whether you’re in full time education and used to getting lunch at school, normally out for dinner several times a week, or a worke...
11 June 2020
Part of IGD’s Shoppers of Our Time Life changed for everyone under lockdown Whether you are working from home, furloughed, or unemployed. Home-schooling, busier than usual or less busy. Postponing weddings, holidays or building plans. Life changed for everyone when lockdown was introduced on the 23rd March 2020, and the primary focus of our first two-week online community with our Shopper...
05 May 2020
The food industry is helping shoppers in challenging times As we enter week seven of the lockdown, the food and grocery industry has managed to maintain the supply of food and drink following the spike in demand in March. Traffic at food retail stores reached levels rarely seen before, outpacing peak trading periods including holidays and special shopping events. Sainsbury’s recently rep...
30 April 2020
Looking at my food cupboard, it has started to remind me of a cupboard my Grandmother kept in her spare bedroom. It was her stockroom where she kept a backup stock of long-life cans and packets. This, I hasten to add was many decades after rationing ended. So how many of the current Coronavirus shoppers’ behaviour will have longer term impacts? Through our Shoppervista tracking we have identif...