Woolworths and different meals retailers scored from the lockdown

The nationwide lockdown spelt empty pockets for a lot of South Africans as casual and formal companies shut down and jobs had been shed.

However for these within the meals retail enterprise, lockdown has introduced house the bacon.

That is in keeping with the newest Important Meals Pricing Monitoring Report, ready by the Competitors Fee, which concluded that “[food] retailers specifically benefited financially from the lockdown”.

The rationale, the researchers’ evaluation discovered, was as a result of extra individuals ready meals at house and thus purchased the required groceries to take action.

“The introduction of the nationwide lockdown noticed panic shopping for behaviour and a switching of consumption from eating places and different meals companies prohibited beneath lockdown, to house ready meals,” in keeping with the report. “This is able to be anticipated to end in elevated demand on the retail degree given the shift in consumption patterns which might, in flip, see elevated quantity at each the retail and wholesale ranges.”

Aside from the Massmart Group of shops, all retailers both reported elevated gross sales volumes progress or gross sales income progress (and each in some situations) of their newest monetary statements, the researchers discovered.