Over 90 percent of consumers surveyed by the Food Industry Association and the North American Meat Institute faced empty meat cases or meat shortages this past year. More than half of the people surveyed are cooking more at home. North Dakota Department of Agriculture Local Foods Specialist Jamie Good says the survey offers insight into a post-pandemic food trends. “Fifty-two percent of consumers said they would go back to pre-pandemic buying habits, but 48 percent like the options that they’ve tried. That’s very powerful for those of us who saw an uptick in sales this year.” During Wednesday’s North Dakota Livestock Alliance webinar, Good highlighted the enhancements being made to the state’s online local foods map. A new tool that helps consumers source local food products was also promoted.
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