As pandemic continues, frozen food sales boom
Sales of frozen foods skyrocketed after the lockdown as housebound valley citizens chose products that could be kept for extended periods, and now they seem to have actually become connected on them, stated traders. According to sellers, sales of frozen foods like meat and fish swelled by more than 40 percent after the government issued […]
Sales of frozen foods skyrocketed after the lockdown as housebound valley citizens chose products that could be kept for extended periods, and now they seem to have actually become connected on them, stated traders.
According to sellers, sales of frozen foods like meat and fish swelled by more than 40 percent after the government issued stay-home orders in March to contain the spread of coronavirus infections.
Sabindra Byanjankar, sales supervisor at Bhat Bhateni Super Market, said that need for frozen foods has actually soared compared to pre-lockdown days. “Frozen food sales have doubled in current months, and during weekends and celebrations, sales rise threefold,” Byanjankar informed the Post.
The major factor for the increase in demand for frozen food is that individuals now prefer to prepare special meals in your home rather of going out to restaurants and hotels, he said. “With the winter upon us, demand for frozen momos and meat products has actually increased compared to before.”
Chet Narayan Poudel, primary running officer at SalesBerry, said the intake of frozen foods increased by 35-40 percent after the coronavirus. “As the markets were closed during the lockdown, individuals’s alternatives were limited and they began purchasing frozen food items for reasons of quality and health,” he said.
After people acquired frozen foods, they liked them a lot they wished to have them more frequently, he stated. Sales of frozen foods also leapt greatly throughout Dashain this year, he added.
Frozen food makers and providers said that need from their most significant customers, the restaurants, had decreased steeply while retail sales rose by 15 to 20 percent after the infection.
Frozen French fries and ranges of potato fries, sweet corn, momo, fish, prawn and other seafood, and meat items are popular among consumers, said sellers.
Raj Kumar Ghimire, owner of Pacific Frozen Food, supplier and maker, stated that need from restaurants had actually been increasing progressively up until the lockdown required them to close. “However frozen foods are becoming very popular among retail purchasers,” Ghimire said.
Rather of shopping daily for fresh vegetables and meats with the pandemic raving relentlessly, people thought it smarter to stock up on refrigerated foods and avoid congested markets, merchants said.
Also, keeping food frozen for a long period of time eliminates germs, so it’s hygienic and that has increased the popularity of frozen food items, he said. Ghimire’s company makes frozen food items such as veggies and meats.
Sujan Pradhan, owner of Saathi ko Pasal, says he has been supplying frozen food products to hotels, dining establishments and grocery stores. Orders from hotels and dining establishments have decreased, however grocery stores are buying more, he stated.
Pradhan opened his shop at Jhochhen three years ago. He stated that there was great demand for frozen foods before Covid-19, but after the pandemic, sales removed with people fearing to go to veggie markets and cold stores.
With dining establishments and hotels closed, people began buying frozen foods like French french fries, momos and sausages besides veggies and meat items. Retail usage surged after the pandemic. Imported frozen foods cost more than local items, he stated.
Need for frozen foods used to increase throughout celebrations like Dashain and Tihar; however after Covid-19, there has been a sales boom, Pradhan said. Daily sales now concern around Rs25,000 while the turnover was around Rs15,000 before the pandemic, he included.