As the coronavirus pandemic has gathered momentum and nations have gone into sudden and indeterminate lockdowns over the past weeks, shoppers around the world have mobilised into emergency mode!
Armed with trolleys and grit determination surges of food shoppers, regardless of country, have flocked into local grocery stores stripping shelves bare in a bid to stock up on essentials. Some may admit to panic buying, others military-style precision as staples like loo paper and flour have been flung into overflowing baskets and trolleys.
With that in mind, we've mapped 18 countries around the world in a fascinating infographic below highlighting which foods sold out first and where. While you know which items you bagged first, do you know which food sold out first in your country?
While national toilet paper shortages became a source of comedy in the UK, brits clearly thought a cuppa would see them through, Italians took comfort in staples like pasta and tomato sauce and ubiquitous peanut butter flew off the shelves in the US.
A stampede for flour was a common denominator across many countries, unsurprising given that on average a household picks up a bag every 3-4 months, plus sensible staples and dried goods like rice, pasta and tinned food, including canned fish in France and interestingly canned beans and pork butt in LA!
Take a look and find out what sold out first where you are ...
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