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Onions enjoy lift during lockdowns as people seek out health boosters | Queensland Country Life



CONSUMERS turned to onions to boost their immune systems during last year’s Coronavirus lockdowns.

Within a Hort Innovation onion marketing campaign update, data showed an 8.5 per cent increase in volume from December 2019 to December 2020 due to increased trips to the shops by consumers during the COVID 19 pandemic.

This was ahead of the increase in total vegetable consumption (up 7.1pc).

It also showed that demand was now returning to pre-COVID levels.

“At the end of 2020, sales figures reflect the decrease in panic buying as shopping behaviours return to normal,” the report said.


The Hort Innovation Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook 2019/20 reported that, for the year ending June 2020, 265,162 tonnes of onions…

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