Here are the foods America has been stocking up on most

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Is Dinky-Di dog food any good? Will Taco Bell emerge victorious from the impending fast food wars? Luckily, these aren’t questions we’ve yet had to ask ourselves in our time of uncertainty. Nevertheless, American cuisine is changing thanks to social distancing, and now we have Nielsen data that illustrates how the grocery landscape has already changed in one week. Here are some of the items that saw significant sales increases in the first week of March, compared to the same week in 2019:

  • Oat milk: +347.3%
  • Fresh meat alternatives: +206.4%
  • Powdered milk products: +126.3%
  • Dried beans: +62.9%
  • Canned meat: +57.9%
  • Rice: +57.5%
  • Chickpeas/garbanzos: +47.3%
  • Water: +42%
  • Black beans: +41%
  • Tuna: +31.2%
  • Pretzels: +14.8%
  • Kombucha: +10.1%

Stay tuned for future recipes on The Takeout like “Tuna Kombucha Soup” and “Fresh Meat Alternative Casserole with Crispy Pretzel Crust.”

Allison Robicelli is a writer, recipe czar, former professional chef, author of four (quite good) books, and The People's Hot Pocket Princess. Tweet me for recipe help: @Robicellis.



Seriously, come the end of summer, you’re going to have to do a column of “tell me what random things are in your pantry and I’ll help you make some meal plans to use it up.” Folks bought so much with so little forethought...