quarantine grocery list

This is what people have been buying in Canada for their quarantine grocery list

What's on your quarantine grocery list? According to food and consumer goods manufacturers, certain types of items have experienced a surge in demand across the country over the past few weeks as Canadians have stocked up to practice self-isolation and social distancing.

And what's on most people's grocery list as they quarantine? Toilet paper, of course.

According to Food & Consumer Products of Canada, paper products are among the most desirable quarantine products on the market. Other "in-demand" items include:

  • water
  • canned goods
  • rice
  • pasta
  • baby food
  • disinfectants
  • baking supplies
  • milk
  • eggs
  • over-the-counter medicine

The FCPC — which includes notable brands like Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Heinz and Unilever — also says that 70 per cent of its members are now focusing on manufacturing their most "in-demand" products.

"It appears likely the COVID-19 pandemic will entail a prolonged period of uncertainty for Canadian businesses and consumers," CEO Michael Graydon said.

"Quantifying the profound impacts of COVID-19 on our production, supplies, and workplaces is critical to making smart preparations for continuing the smoothest possible operations to make the food, cleaning, household and health products Canadians need."

The majority of FCPC members also reported that orders were at an all-time high for the last two weeks of March.

One-third of members experienced at least a 200 per cent increase in orders, with some reporting a staggering 500 per cent increase in demand. Fortunately, 80 per cent of FCPC members also say they feel confident that the increased pressure is manageable.

Canadian grocery delivery services are also reporting historic demand, with major companies like Instacart and Inabuggy reporting thousands of orders each day.

Lead photo by

Grin N. Bareit

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