Sales of snacks have surged as people confined to their homes by coronavirus lockdowns turn to grazing on processed food to get through the day, food companies say—a reversal of a trend toward healthier, fresher food—but it’s unclear how long it will last. Many Americans have avoided highly processed foods in favor of fresh and organic options in recent years—organic food sales hit a record $47.9 billion in 2018, more than doubling in less than a decade—but people appear to be binge-buying food that can last on a shelf for long periods of time, or maybe old childhood favorites that offer comfort during a stressful ordeal. On Tuesday, PepsiCo announced that sales of snacks like Doritos and Lays chips, oatmeal and Aunt Jemima pancake products jumped late in the first quarter, with organic sales up nearly 8%. Credit Suisse reported that packaged food sales in the U.S. could jump anywhere between 15% to 30% between March and May, thanks to a “massive shift in eating patterns.” Campbell Soup Company’s canned soup sales have been steadily falling for years, but in March, its sales jumped 59% over the previous year, according to The New York Times.

 

 

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