Cakes, clafoutis, fresh fruit salads, ratatouilles or vegetable tians… If, during the two confinements of 2020 and the curfew of 2021, the French went back to the stove, the time has now come for the return of the practical and the "quickly done".
According to the interprofession of fresh fruits and vegetables Interfel, the consumption of these has thus experienced a sudden halt since the autumn.
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A dropout such as the activity of the sector, which held up rather well until after the summer, ended 2021 down 3.7% compared to 2020. For organic fruit and vegetables, which are more expensive, the fall even reached 11% in 2021 and turnover fell back below its pre-crisis levels (-1%)
. “This big blow of fatigue comes from the slowdown in homemade. Spending on ready-made products increased by 5% last year, when those for cooking products fell by 2.2%,
analyzes Laurent Grandin, head of Interfel.
If the prices of fruit and vegetables have only increased by 0.7% over one year, there is also the idea, general but inaccurate, that the prices of these foodstuffs have increased a lot.
The stalls of fresh fruits and vegetables are not the only ones to suffer from this disaffection of the French for the homemade.
According to panelist Nielsen, ready meals and sandwiches were in the top 3 of the most dynamic products in supermarkets last year.
While the star ingredients of 2020 used for cooking (eggs, milk, pasta, butter, etc.) were the biggest contributors to the slight decline in turnover in mass distribution (-0.3%).