‘Demand Is Through The Roof’: Americans Hoard Frozen Pizzas During Coronavirus Quarantine

As if shortages of hand sanitizer and toilet paper weren't bad enough. Now, there's a shortage of frozen pizzas.

‘Demand Is Through The Roof’: Americans Hoard Frozen Pizzas During Coronavirus Quarantine

(CBS Local) — As if shortages of hand sanitizer and toilet paper weren’t bad enough. Now, there’s a shortage of frozen pizzas.

Americans have bought approximately $275 million worth of frozen pizza since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March. That’s an increase of 92 percent compared to the same time last year, according to Ad Week, citing stats from data analytics firm IRI.

“It’s incredible,” says Gina Bolger, vice president of branding for Home Run Inn Pizza, which is churning out as many as 85,000 pizzas a day at its 60,000-square-foot factory in Woodridge, Illinois.

“We equate this to every day being like Super Bowl Sunday — the orders don’t stop. The demand is through the roof. We’re trying to keep up as best we can,” she says.

“I’ve been in this business over 25 years, [and] I’ve never seen a spike like this across the country,” said Newman’s Own president and COO Dave Best, who says sales of his company’s frozen pizzas have spiked 190 percent since the coronavirus crisis began. “This is unprecedented,” he added.

The experts say shoppers are hoarding frozen pizza because it’s affordable, easy to make and tends to be a crowd-pleasing family favorite. Pizzas also can last a long time in the freezer, which can be helpful for a country that largely remains homebound under stay-at-home orders.

Due to the high demand, some stores are limiting the amount of frozen pizzas customers can purchase in one outing. One shopper shared an image of a Whole Foods sign warning customers that only four units of frozen pizza could be purchased in order to “support all customers.”

“When living in uncertain times — as many of us are right now — we’re seeing a rise in consumers turning to much-loved comfort foods,” says Ashley Lind, director of demand sciences at Celeste pizza parent Conagra Brands, whose frozen pizza business has grown by over 100 percent from this time a year ago.

“Frozen pizza checks a lot of these boxes for consumers,” he adds.

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IHSA: Spring Sports Tournaments Cancelled

“As disappointing as it may be for students, it is the right decision for their health and safety, as well as for the health and safety of the general public, as we cope with this unprecedented pandemic.”

IHSA: Spring Sports Tournaments Cancelled

CHICAGO (CBS) —  As with the shuttering of schools across the state, the Illinois High School Association said it will cancel spring state tournaments.

The IHSA Board of Directors met via video conference on Tuesday and it was decided to cancel the events amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision comes in conjunction with last Friday’s announcement by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker that all Illinois high schools will complete the 2019-20 school term from home via e-learning.

“We support the decision by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education, and given the logistics, we simply felt we could not conduct state tournaments that meet the expectations of our member schools this spring, ” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “As disappointing as it may be for students, it is the right decision for their health and safety, as well as for the health and safety of the general public, as we cope with this unprecedented pandemic.”

The IHSA said it will be in touch with and monitor briefings from state officials. Based on those timelines, the IHSA will put out updates to member schools relating to potential spring participation and summer contact days.

The state tournaments scheduled for the spring include girls badminton, boys gymnastics, bass fishing, track and field, water polo, girls soccer, boys tennis, lacrosse, boys volleyball, baseball and softball.

The board said summer contact days are also suspended for this year.

“Once it is determined safe to return, we will provide a detailed outline to our schools on the plan for summer contact days and possibly some kind of spring athletic events,” said Anderson. “Including if the number of days and dates that coaches can meet with athletes has been altered.  At this point, though, all that is dependent upon state government and medical leaders giving the go ahead for such.”

 

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