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How did COVID-19 impact diets around the UK?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things, from the places we live and work to the ways we travel and socialize. While the diminishing intensity of the pandemic has meant the removal of most restrictions, there are some things that appear to have changed for good, signaling, for many people around the world, the start of a ‘new normal’.

But how and why, exactly, did people’s diets change during the height of the pandemic? Have any of these changes stuck? And what do they mean for the future?

In September 2022, ProVeg International surveyed 1,000 UK residents about their eating habits before, during, and after the pandemic. Discover the key findings by downloading the full report. 

Although Covid-19 caused many negative impacts on peoples lives, it’s great to see that the pandemic has had a positive impact on people’s diets, with a substantialincrease in the number of consumers identifying as flexitarian. It’s promising to see that many people increased their plant-based consumption during lockdown and have maintained this change moving forward.”

Stephanie Jaczniakowska-McGirr

Director of Corporate Engagement at ProVeg