Food delivery apps and bread baking in spotlight amid lockdown
Ljubljana, 13 May - During the coronavirus epidemic, Slovenians have mostly switched from buying food in shopping centres to frequenting local grocery shops and ordering food online, shows a recent survey by the Nutrition Institute. Lockdown has changed shopping and dietary habits with almost two thirds of the respondents making bread from scratch.
The number of households that get their groceries in shopping centres has been halved and almost 20% have been buying local.
The share of using home deliveries for fresh fruits and vegetables spiked by as much as 152%. Moreover, some 14% of the households have been ordering food online.
Whereas Slovenians bought groceries multiple times per week in the pre-corona times, the epidemic has changed their shopping routines with most going to the shops once per week or even less frequently. A total of 60% are equipped with a grocery list and more than 40% have stepped up storing extra food.
Food has increased in value with home growing and homemade meals getting more attention. More than a third have been consuming more food during the epidemic. A similar share have also reported throwing out less food.
More than 60% have been baking bread at home at least once a week with a third of those saying they will keep up the habit.
Almost two thirds believe grocery shopping poses a risk of getting infected with the novel coronavirus. More than 40% clean or disinfect packaging after shopping.
The institute thinks that the epidemic will have a long-lasting impact on Slovenia's food supply and dietary habits. Researchers have highlighted the importance of making a meal out of unprocessed foods and the role of sustainable food supply.
Roughly 20% of the respondents believe that they will make a habit of their lockdown perspectives and actions regarding food.
The survey was conducted in late April as part of the Food-Covid-19 international study and included more than 600 households with some 1,900 people.