THE UNITED KINGDOM, Crawley, West Sussex. A third (34%) of shoppers are already stockpiling food in case of a major outbreak of the Coronavirus COVID-19, according to an online survey of 1,000 consumers.
The research, conducted HIM & MCA Insight in March 2020, also found that 67% of shoppers were concerned about shops running out of groceries. The news comes as reports have shown that supermarkets have been overwhelmed with shoppers buying staples such as pasta and toilet rolls.
Tinned foods (17%), frozen foods (14%), toiletries (14%) and dried goods (14%) were the most popular categories that shoppers have already stocked up on.
However, if there is a major Coronavirus outbreak, 88% of shoppers said they would stockpile food. The most popular categories that shoppers planned to top up on if there was a major Coronavirus outbreak were tinned foods (59%), frozen foods (52%), dried goods (50%), household goods (47%) and wipes/hand gels (35%). When asked how much they planned to spend on stockpiling, 30% said over €110and 5% said over €560.
Overall, 84% of shoppers were concerned in some way about a major Coronavirus outbreak in the UK, with 25% very concerned.