HOW THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS RESHAPED AMERICA'S FOOD PURCHASING HABITS
While countless industries have struggled to stay afloat during the COVID-19 health crisis, the grocery industry is seeing record sales. The unprecedented events of the COVID-19 pandemic have created major shifts in the food industry. This health crisis has changed the American grocery shopping experience and created an undeniable change in what foods Americans are buying.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
Understand various channels that U.S. shoppers use to obtain groceries.
Apply knowledge about the impact COVID-19 has had on grocery store operations.
Interpret trend data related to food purchasing habits during COVID-19.
Learn what nutrition attributes consumers gravitate towards in a pandemic.
Identify ways to familiarize clients with nutritious emergency food supplies.
Explore what considerations there should be in the future to prepare for adequate nutrition resources during a public health crisis.
Molly Hembree is a registered dietitian and has been with Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery retailer, for the past nine years. She provides individual consultations in-person and via telehealthto customers across 11 states, writes original content for Kroger blogs and resources, and informs the data used to score food in Kroger’s nutrition app, "OptUP." Molly has delivered over 50 presentations to small and large groups on behalf of Kroger, with an expert focus on vegetarian nutrition, food labeling and regulations, and food intolerances.
Molly authors quarterly articles for Progressive Grocer, a leading industry trade magazine. She is on the Progressive Grocer advisory panel and a long-time member of the "Retail Dietitian Business Alliance." Molly was a "Produce for Better Health" 2016 recipient of Supermarket Dietitian of the Year.