The expenditure made by the Spanish on food to consume at home grew by around 30% during the first weeks of restrictions as a result of the pandemic, reaching 11.1 billion euros.
This was announced this Thursday by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, during his speech in the Congress of Deputies, in which he provided data on the seven weeks that elapsed between March 9 and April 26.
Planas explained that spending in this period has gone from 8,600 million euros in 2019 to 11,100 million this year, an increase of 2,500 million euros linked to the closure of the hospitality industry and a transfer of part of the consumption that was made in bars and restaurants at home.
In volume, the rise has been around 20%, since the Spanish bought 4.5 million tons of food and beverages, one million more than in the same seven weeks of the previous year.
Planas has described these increases as “quite remarkable” and recalled that, both in the week before the state of alarm was decreed (March 14) and in the days following, it was detected that consumers were making massive purchases aimed at filling the pantry in fear of shortages.
The minister pointed out that in those first moments households accumulated basic products such as pasta, rice and oil, and once it was verified that supermarkets maintained supplies normally, their consumption patterns had already changed.
In fact, since then there has been a greater commitment to frescoes, and especially the category of fruit and vegetables.
As a curious fact, the head of Agriculture has highlighted that the consumption of flour multiplied by four in these weeks, reflecting the increased interest in cooking at home and in baking.