Research this week explores two topics: -Whether (and when) consumers will frequent various venues once they are open and available. -Changes in choice of alcoholic beverages to consume.
Why was the research conducted?The study findings are designed to help clients and industry leaders navigate quickly changing consumer behavior during the crisis.
How was the research conducted?Weekly polling of U.S.-based general population primary purchasers age 21+.
What are the key findings of the research?Business patronage after restrictions are lifted:
- Sixty-two percent of consumers are planning to visit hair salons and barber shops within one month of restrictions being lifted in the United States.
- Consumers are going to wait longer before returning to crowded activities, such as going to concerts (with only 13% willing to attend within the first month of bans being retracted) and sporting events (16%).
- The study looked at concerns specifically for returning to bars and restaurants. The largest concerns are the proximity to others (or the inability to appropriately social distance) and the additional spread or potential second wave of COVID-19.
Choice and type of alcohol during COVID-19:
- Fifty-nine percent of consumers cite availability as their top driver for choice of which alcoholic beverages to drink during restrictions. With 33% choosing based on what’s available on hand, 32% what’s available in-store, and 9% what’s available for home delivery.
- Thirty percent of consumers say their consumption of beer has increased during stay-at-home orders, with 20% saying beer consumption has decreased. Meanwhile, wine consumption has increased as much as it has decreased (22% increased, 20% decreased).
Contributor's Name: Michelle Andre