Staple foods registered stable growth in retail volume terms in 2022 with demand remaining focused around baked goods and rice, pasta and noodles. The easing of COVID-19 restrictions boosted the local economy and helped to resolve some supply chain issues, with category sales remaining higher than pre-pandemic levels.
The global economy faced huge disruption in 2022 due to the lingering impact of COVID-19 followed by Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. This had a big impact on Uganda’s local economy with food and energy prices rising, which in turn also had an influence on sales of staple foods in 2022.
Consumers in Uganda typically consume three main meals a day, with these consisting of breakfast, lunch and supper. Snacking is becoming more common, with this linked to rising disposable income levels and busier lifestyles, particularly in urban areas.
Uganda has a very young population, with a median age of just 17-years-old in 2022, with consumers aged 0-14 years accounting for 46% of the population. This demographic make-up benefits sales of packaged food, with schoolchildren often enthusiastic about eating snacks and fast food.
Small local grocers accounts for the largest share of distribution of staple foods, with independent small grocers and kiosks being popular. This reflects traditional shopping preferences but also a lack of modern grocery retailers in rural areas, where the majority live.
High inflation rates are expected to impact household budgets and spending on food, at least in the short term. Nonetheless, an uptick in economic activity and a return to busier lifestyles outside the home should help to drive demand for some staple foods.
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