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The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the foodservice sector. Due to ongoing disruptions during the crisis, operators need to stay agile and adapt their business strategy in order to survive.
On June 27, 2021, the South African government announced that the country would be under a heightened, level 4 lockdown as a result of the rise in COVID-19 infections and the increase in hospital admissions.
On June 27, 2021, South Africa re-introduced the prohibition of the sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor products for 14 days due to the recent surge in COVID-19 infections. This is the fourth ban on liquor products since the start of...
The Government of Japan (GOJ) declared a third state of emergency (SOE) on April 28, 2021, in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
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Burma: Pandemic and Coup Reduce Wheat Consumption

Wheat consumption is forecast to decrease in 2021 due to economic contraction and cash shortages post-coup and the continued negative impact from COVID-19.
India’s online grocery market grew by 80 percent to $2.66 billion in 2020 primarily due to COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown. The sector is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years.
COVID-19 has shaped food trends in South Korea with online food sales growing by 46 percent in 2020 to $17 billion.
In March 2021, Iceland’s Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture announced his intention to allocate ISK 970 million ($7.5 million) in financial support for Icelandic sheep and cattle farmers.
Beginning on April 1, 2021, the Government of Algeria (GoA) again extended the confinement measures through mid-April 2021
Taiwan is the United States' eighth-largest export market for food and agricultural products, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.
The partial and full lockdowns implemented globally including in Southern Africa to address COVID19, severely disrupted the movement of people and agricultural trade in 2020.
COVID-19 had an unexpected effect on the Spanish food distribution sector. Spanish consumers spent $3.7 billion more at supermarkets compared to 2019.