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“We have seen this change in consumer behavior as they’re home more -- with their families more -- this return to baking where we've seen the baking category…. really take off as people are baking more with family,” Presley told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “Clearly on our frozen pizza business… we've seen increased demand, significant increased demand.”
Presley said that during peak “pantry loading” in March, grocery product sales increased by 50 percent, according to IRI market research. He said since Nestle’s portfolio is so broad, there’s been a steady increase across all categories, also including coffee and creamers.
There have been no major disruptions to supplying demand, Presley said, which is thanks to the 40,000 frontline Nestle workers who are putting the consumer first.
“We continue to operate to make sure we can get through the crisis, help our consumers get the product on the shelf and at home,” he said. “So that, kind of, first step of normalcy is when they go to the grocery store and there's product on-shelf.”
Presley said pushing the supply chain to meet demand during the virus has been a learning experience for Nestle, causing the company to adapt to working under pressure and in new environments.