KANSAS CITY — No one could have predicted the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) would have on everyone’s lives when the virus started to spread around the country the first few months of 2020. When the first round of stay-at-home orders were issued and restaurants were forced to close, consumer eating habits changed.
Eating out at restaurants was temporarily put on hold and was quickly replaced with more at-home prepared meals. Even with drive-through, carryout and curbside pickup options available from many foodservice establishments, food consumption in the United States flipped. A 2018, Zagat survey showed Americans ate out 5.9 times