Pretty much every sector of the business world was shaken up when the coronavirus became a global pandemic. The industry that revolves around food and drinks was no exception. After many months of lockdown, however, consumers are beginning to re-emerge into society. Compared to a few months earlier, however, they seem to be seeking out different beverages.
Yes, COVID-19 changed the beverage industry. But how? It seems the health crisis brought people’s well-being to mind, so consumers are now giving more consideration to where and what they drink. For months on end, restaurants and bars shut down. Now, from the comfort of their own homes, consumers have gotten used to indulging in premium drinks and delicious food.
Will these be simple trends that are fleeting or will this new way of eating, drinking, and thinking become entrenched? In a world that will now be functioning “post lockdown”, what should the industry expect where drink trends are concerned?
Delivery of Your Favorites
The coronavirus hit travel, advertising, and retail sectors hard. On the other hand, e-commerce, health, and food and drink deliveries soared. Even with pubs and restaurants reopening, reduced customer capacity and distancing measures are still in place. With less disposable income among consumers and the threat of new infections, it may be a while before things get back to some semblance of normal. Supermarket deliveries are more convenient than heading out into an uncertain environment.
Quality Products and Demand
New culinary experiences had to be developed when bars and restaurants shut down. As people’s imaginations took over, their quest for quality products over quick freezer snacks became enhanced. More premium offerings will be delivered to cater to the taste buds of a demanding public.
Health Is a Factor
The health of our loved ones and our own health was brought to light by COVID-19. There has been and will continue to be a demand for less artificial, healthier beverages like vitamin rich juices. Natural ingredients will become more important. Due to the coronavirus, it is estimated that 8 out of 10 individuals now plan to drink and eat more healthily. They’ll be cutting their sugar intake and turning to vitamins and supplements, as well.
Effects of the Climate
Because the coronavirus wasn’t enough, there is still the matter of our climate crisis. The future of our planet is a genuine concern, particularly among younger generations. They want to safeguard the earth. Where beverage and food manufacturers are concerned, they will be bearing part of the burden.
One of the most important factors that beverage manufacturers can and should consider is 100% recyclable packaging. In this way, to an effort toward sustainability, they show definite commitment. Example: For your crafted drinks, rather than a PET bottle, use a screw-cap.
Mickey Genuine Parts – Serving The Beverage Industry
Mickey Genuine Parts hopes you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this coronavirus. We are still here for you and your trailer/shipping needs for parts, accessories, and service centers. If you have any questions about our services or products, please feel free to touch base with one of our knowledgeable staff members. If your beverage fleet needs servicing, we have centers located conveniently throughout the United States.