This is the second wave of research to monitor consumer attitudes, knowledge and reported behaviour specifically during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) period. Research took place during June 2020 and Wave 3 will take place during July. Wave 1 research took place in May. The survey draws from a representative sample of Scotland’s population and is being done in conjunction with the FSA who are covering the rest of the UK with the same questions.
The key findings are:
- Fewer people are concerned about not being able to afford food in the next month, with an increase of 12% of respondents saying they are ‘not at all worried’. (47% not at all worried in wave 1 v 55% in wave 2)
- People with children are a lot less worried about being able to afford food in the next month than they were in past reporting period. (42% very/somewhat worried in wave 1 v 26% in wave 2)
- The worry about there not being enough food available in the next month has had a positive change, with 10% more people saying they are ‘not at all worried. (43% not all worried in wave 1 v 53% in wave 2)
- People with children are less worried about food availability than they were in the past reporting period. (34% very/somewhat worried in wave 1 v 24% in wave 2)
- 41% of people who are buying fewer takeaways at the moment, say it’s because they are cooking more at home. Only 14% of people said that in wave 1.
- Little change in nutritional eating behaviours, however a slight increase (7%) in people saying they have ‘bought processed food - less’. (18% in wave 1 v 25% in wave 2)