Daily coronavirus cases are breaking records, but surging sales of frozen meats and alcohol indicate consumers still want to barbecue

When the U.S. went into quarantine in March, consumers were buying up pantry goods so quickly that grocery stores had to limit quantities per customer. Pasta, beans, and flour were near impossible to find and social feeds were flooded with elaborate quarantine baking results. But as the seasons have shifted from late winter to peak summer, the joy of maintaining a sourdough starter is fading and people are craving social interactions. New data on consumers’ grocery shopping habits from NCSolutions indicates that despite record daily coronavirus cases, consumers are still shopping for typical summer events like barbecue, picnics and graduation parties.

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