Traditional grocery retailers recorded the most impressive current value growth within grocery retailers in 2020 as a result of the pandemic as lockdowns boosted at-home consumption. While 2021 witnessed some decline in comparison as consumers started to venture out to restaurants and cafés, the Omicron variant and a general shift in Australians’ eating habits meant that overall value sales remained much higher than pre-pandemic levels as consumers chose to shop closer to home.
Retail sales of non-alcoholic drink options have also increased significantly in Australia, and liquor stores are capitalising on this trend by stocking up on non-alcoholic beer, wine, cider, RTD and spirits to cater to this rising demand. The rise of non-alcoholic drinks reflects a broader trend where Australians are choosing to drink less, but drink better.
While severe labour shortages due to lack of staff crippled supermarkets and discounters, it was business as usual for independent small grocers and specialist retailers. These businesses typically have a different distribution model to supermarkets and are not reliant on one system or one group of employees.
Online alcohol sales represent a growing percentage of total sales in Australia, with predictions for this to rise by double digits over the forecast period. The explosive growth represents a wholesale makeover of Australian drinking culture and the laws that govern it.
Founded in the UK, HungryPanda, the delivery firm that is already operating in Australia, is now the leading Asian food delivery operator in Australasia, after acquiring Easi and Buy@Home in Australia and New Zealand, respectively. During 2021, HungryPanda launched “PandaFresh”, a delivery platform that offers Asian fresh food and groceries.
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Traditional grocery retailing is the aggregation of those channels that are invariably non-chained and are, therefore, owned by families and/or run on an individual basis. For Euromonitor traditional grocery retailing is the aggregation of three channels: Independent Small Grocers, Food/Drink/Tobacco Specialists and Other Grocery Retailers. While there can be modern (i.e. chained) food/drink/tobacco specialists or other grocery retailers, due to the store's presence in the channel, these stores are still considered as traditional for Euromonitor International.See All of Our Definitions
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