When Covid-19 first began to engulf Europe, and some rushed to the supermarkets to stockpile, others hit the keyboards. Worldwide Google searches for ‘food delivery’ and ‘local food’ reached all-time highs in April. According to the BBC, in the UK, people were six times more likely to look for ‘veg boxes’ than a year ago. As the initial lockdown extended into July 2020, UK shopping habits shifted to on-line, even in grocery, and some retailers saw as much as 39% of their grocery business being conducted on-line with home deliveries.
The demand for California Walnuts continues in the UK despite the initial effects of COVID-19 on the UK economy. October was the second month of the new crop and shipments to the 31st October highlighted a year-on-year increase for ‘shelled’ California Walnuts of 124.86% to 1,251,718 pound (versus 556,657 in 2019/20). As of October 2020 the UK is the 4th largest market for California Walnuts in Europe.