Popular Groceries People Are Already “Panic Buying,” Say Experts
We’ve all seen this movie before. When COVID-19 first spread across the country earlier this year, Americans en masse made runs on their local grocery stores in an effort to stock up amid rising uncertainty and safety fears. Items such as frozen foods, rice, beans, pasta, immediately vanished from grocery store shelves. Orders for hot dogs at popular stores such as Walmart and Costco skyrocketed nearly 300 percent. Ditto for canned goods, sodas, and, of course, toilet paper. With a sharp uptick in coronavirus cases happening in real time, experts are noting that customers are behaving similarly now, and feverishly stockpiling their pantries and freezers like it’s March.