Listen

News 88.9 KNPR
Classical 89.7 KCNV

member station

NPR
The Coronavirus Crisis

America's Shopping List: Here's What We're Buying The Most

819097487_476629517.jpg

Thermometers and cleaning supplies are seeing spikes in demand, predictably — but now so are snacks and perishable food items.
Frederic J. Brown, AFP via Getty Images

Thermometers and cleaning supplies are seeing spikes in demand, predictably — but now so are snacks and perishable food items.

As shutdowns and cancellations became more widespread last week, buyers continued stocking up on disinfectants and canned goods (and so much oat milk!). As anyone who went shopping can attest, there was also a run on toilet paper.

But according to Nielsen, Americans also increasingly bought snacks for stress-eating — like potato chips and chocolate. And they were filling the fridge with fresh produce and perishables like meat and eggs.

No parties means no vegetable party platters, though. Also not in the shopping cart: Sunscreen. (Remember, unless you're under a shelter-in-place order, you can go outside, as long as you avoid other people!)

Here are some of the items that have seen big sales increases, according to Nielsen.

Don't see the graphic above? Click here.

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Support comes from

You won’t find a paywall here. Come as often as you like — we’re not counting. You’ve found a like-minded tribe that cherishes what a free press stands for.  If you can spend another couple of minutes making a pledge of as little as $5, you’ll feel like a superhero defending democracy for less than the cost of a month of Netflix.