Ag News: Consumer Buying Habits and Vital Wines Healthcare
**The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are reverberating throughout California agriculture, according to speakers at an online forum.
During a virtual town hall hosted by chairs of the Legislature's agriculture committees, economists said changes in diets and buying habits have disrupted every aspect of the farming business.
One analyst says agriculture faces a "one-two punch" from the pandemic shutdown and a slow economic recovery.
**With a mission of ‘taking care of each other’, Walla Walla’s Vital Wines is once again showing its appreciation for healthcare by donating a bottle of their “Gratitude” wine to a local healthcare professional when you order a 4 bottle allocation to be shipped to you.
Vital Wines is a 501c3 organization that donates 100% of its profits to improving the healthcare of winery and vineyard workers in the Walla Walla Valley.
Go to https://www.vitalwinery.com/ and place your order.
**A new survey finds online U.S. grocery sales grew 37% as many consumers sought to limit grocery store trips amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to thepacker.com, from March to April, sales grew from $4 billion to $5.3 billion. Most of that stemming from a 33% increase in the number of orders, from 46.9 million to 62.5 million.
While the number of active online grocery customers only grew 1% in April, the average orders per customer grew 32%.