Nearly 1 In 6 Restaurants Have Closed Because of Pandemic

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I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute. A new survey from the National Restaurant Association says nearly 100-thousand restaurants are closed either permanently or long-term. That equates to nearly 1-in-six restaurants. The group also estimating close to three million employees are still out of work six months after restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 began.

The association reporting the foodservice industry is on track to lose 240-billion dollars in sales by the end of the year. The group is now lobbying Congress for aid saying that 40-percent of operators believe it is unlikely their restaurant will still be in business in six months without relief.

However, more people are doing their food shopping online. Brick Meets Click reports online grocery spending is up 133-percent from a year ago finding roughly 37-point-five million households used online grocery services last month. That represents 29-percent of all households.

How does this dinner sound? Some tacos, maybe a nice wine. Well, Taco Bell is putting the two together. Check out Jalapeno Noir! It’s made by a vineyard in Ontario. Taco Bell says it’s got notes of wild strawberry, cherry, and beetroot. It says it doesn’t taste like jalapenos but is perfectly paired with its toasted cheesy chalupa.

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