There have been significant shifts in the food and beverage sector in Australia since COVID-19 with clear winners and areas which will continue to struggle for some time.
Restrictions on restaurants and cafes opening vary by state. In addition, with the cancellation of large events, closure of nightclubs, bars and clubs; food service and on-premise alcohol sales have tumbled. Conversely, food retail sales have spiked (supermarket retail is up 22% this period) and the market is looking at categories and what will become the new normal. Consumers across Australia are increasingly focused on home cooking and baking. Meanwhile some consumers have been stock piling centre store products, which has led to supply chain and stock availability issues at supermarkets.
Metropolitan Melbourne has moved up to Stage 4 lockdown restrictions from Sunday 2 August. Supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops can continue to operate within COVID-19 health and safety parameters. The rest of Victoria is on Stage 3 stay at home restrictions, with restaurants, cafes and pubs having to either close or return to takeaway and delivery service only for the duration of the lockdown. Find out more about the restrictions in place.
Please note: Metropolitan Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell in Victoria have returned to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 8 July 2020, with restaurants, cafes and pubs having to either close or return to takeaway and delivery service only for the duration of the lockdown. Find out more about the restrictions in place.