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SurveyMonkey poll: Grocery shopping and delivery trends

SurveyMonkey poll: Grocery shopping and delivery trends

Key findings:

  • Nearly 4 in 5 (79%) Americans have experienced a shortage of certain items while grocery shopping the past three months
  • 4 in 10 (39%) adults in the U.S have used a grocery delivery service in the past three months, with younger age groups using them more often
  • Convenience (46%) and safety (29%) are leading reasons why grocery delivery is preferred over shopping in person
  • Over half (53%) have used a restaurant or grocery delivery service in the past three months, with DoorDash (28%) and Uber Eats (21%) leading the pack
  • Nearly 6 in 10 (58%) of adults in the U.S. have tried plant-based meat before, peaking most interest among younger age groups

Grocery supply chain issues persist

A large majority (79%) of Americans have experienced a shortage of produce and household items while grocery shopping the past three months according to a new SurveyMonkey poll. More than half of people in the U.S. say they’ve noticed a shortage with meat or eggs (57%) and toilet paper/paper towels (56%), but so far just 26% say they’ve noticed a shortage of avocados.

Grocery delivery more popular among younger age groups and larger households

Four in 10 (39%) adults in the U.S have used a grocery delivery service in the past three months at least once, including 30% who have used a grocery delivery service more than once in that time period. Younger Americans are opting for grocery delivery at much higher rates than older age groups, with 66% of 18-34 year olds, 34% of 35-54 year olds, and 11% of those 65+ using grocery delivery in the past three months.

Larger households are ordering their groceries online at a higher rate compared to households with fewer people: 53% of households with five or more people say they have used an online grocery service at least once in the past three months compared with 39% of households with 2-4 people and 32% of single-person households.

Over half of Americans have tried plant-based meat

Nearly 6 in 10 (58%) adults in the U.S. have tried plant-based meat. Among those that have, 25% eat it at least once a week, 19% eat it a few times a month, 31% eat it once a month or less, and 25% have only tried it once. Younger Americans are more likely to have tried plant-based meat, with 68% of 18-34 year olds trying it at least once compared to 58% of 35-64 year olds, and 45% of those over the age of 65.

Read more about our polling methodology here

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