ABS Report Shows Produce is Up 14%
In its monthly and quarterly estimates of turnover and volumes for retail businesses, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed turnover for perishable goods, including fresh produce, rose 1.6 per cent in August 2020. The year-on-year turnover increase for perishable goods was 14 per cent, reflecting a continuation of more food being prepared and consumed at home due to social distancing.
Annual rises were observed for several food categories in August 2020. Fruit and vegetable sales rose 16 per cent year-on-year, contributing 14.2 per cent of total annual revenue, according to the statistics.
In August 2020, ‘Pure-play’ (online-only) retailers made up 32 per cent of all online sales and 3.5 per cent of total sales.
Online sales for multi-channel (mix of physical and online) retailers made up 7.5 per cent of total retail sales.
The ABS data indicates the proportion of total food sales (a mix of fresh produce, pre-prepared meals and cooked meals) made online saw a small rise to 5.8 per cent in August 2020, compared to July, when food online sales made up 5.2 per cent of the total. This is an area that continues to grow, with the proportion of food sales in March sitting at 3.1 per cent.