Consumer demand for potatoes in Scotland during COVID-19 pandemic

C Revoredo-Giha, Max Leslie*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Potatoes are a beneficial component of a healthy Scottish diet, when cooked healthily without excessive and potentially harmful additives. However, in recent decades fresh potato preparation has declined accompanied with an increase in consumption of potato-based convenience foods that may be higher in fat, sugar, and salt additives. Reduced time allocated by households towards cooking from scratch was identified in the existing literature as a potential causal factor for the decline in fresh potato consumption. The purpose of this paper is to empirically evaluate using differences in differences and data from a home-scanner dataset whether the advent of COVID-19 marked a deviation from this long-term trend in fresh potato consumption by providing households with an additional time endowment for exclusively domestic tasks, including cooking. The results did not find differences in the consumption patterns.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPrint publication - 2 Mar 2023
EventAgricultural Economics Society Annual Conference - United Kindom, Warwick
Duration: 27 Mar 202329 Mar 2023


ConferenceAgricultural Economics Society Annual Conference


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