While many types of businesses saw negative impacts from the pandemic's quick reshaping of everyday life, food and beverage CPG companies saw the opposite effect. One of the enduring images of the beginning of the pandemic were empty grocery store shelves as consumers bought up products in preparation for months spent at home, getting reacquainted with home kitchens. The pandemic continues to this day, even though food retailers are typically keeping up with stock and many restaurants have at least partially reopened dining room service. The increased CPG demand and use have left their mark on the industry, which previously had seen years of minimal growth.
Food Dive is taking a look at just what the pandemic has meant to the CPG food and drink business in a four-part series.