Huge rise in farm shops sales
Research by the Farm Retail Association (FRA) has found that 92% of farm retailers reported a significant rise in new customers since lockdown rules began in March. They estimate that the UK’s network of farm shops now has a combined turnover of more than £1.5bn, including sales from farm shop cafés. Part of the reason for success, they claim, is that farm shops have regularly replenished shelves to establish themselves as reliable local food providers and provided calm environments with easy-to-follow social distancing measures as well as new online ordering services. Around 79% of farm retailers said they had introduced a click-and-collect service because of coronavirus and 67% said they had introduced home deliveries. As a result, farm shops across the UK have processed an estimated 1.4 million or more orders for home delivery or collection since the government’s lockdown measures began.
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