Consumer Food Survey and Insights

The COVID-19 pandemic, and associated
public health mandates, caused unprecedented
shifts and disruptions for local and regional
food systems (LRFS). Impacts on market
channels, driven by significant shifts in
consumer behavior, were some of the most
visible impacts. For example, local food
enterprises such as Community Supported
Agriculture (CSA) quickly filled localized gaps
in food systems caused by global supply chain
disruptions. In other sectors – such as
restaurants and institutional food service –
impacts to activity, sales, and relationships
were extensive, and often detrimental.

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