According to new data for the first quarter of 2021, published by leading Irish retail group BWG Foods, Irish consumers have are consuming record levels of fruit and vegetables. Overall, vegetable sales are up 18 per cent YoY, with fruit up 6 per cent.
Among the vegetable best-sellers are peppers, which were up 17 per cent in the first three months of 2021, and potatoes, up 15 per cent. Carrots went up 26 per cent and sales of asparagus were up 138 per cent.
Bananas remain the most popular fruit among Irish consumers; however, strawberries were up 25 per cent on the same period last year. The overall biggest gain was in the citrus category with easy peelers up approximately 65 per cent during the period.
According to advertiser.ie, data from BWG Foods, owner and operator of the SPAR, EUROSPAR, Londis, MACE, and XL retail brands which together have a network of more than 1,000 stores across Ireland, also showed that consumers revisited their love for family baking as a result of the latest lockdown, with the sale of home baking products up 4 per cent.