Everything has changed.

In addition to regular retail businesses, restaurants, and just about everything in between, weddings and the catering industry have been hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With most states opening the above establishment up to a degree at press time, there is little doubt things have changed all around.

While social distancing has become commonplace as well as masks, face coverings, and wearing other PPE, many weddings were canceled or postponed and analysts expect to see a trend towards smaller, more intimate celebrations even after COVID-19 is under control, according to ResearchAndMarkets.com

A New Look for Weddings in Post COVID World

In a news release, the company reported weddings to account for about half of US catering industry revenue and concerns about hygiene are likely to lead to a move away from trends like elaborate dessert displays in favor of pre-wrapped individual servings, more hygienic serving stations and a return to plated desserts.

In some cases, pastry chefs may have to adapt recipes to use limited ingredients because of the impact of COVID-9 on the supply chain. 

With few events on the horizon, caterers have adapted to offering take-out meals, meal kits, and groceries to maintain their cash flow. Menus have been adjusted to feature simple meals that are suitable for reheating at home and some companies have partnered with local farms to supply customers with provisions boxes of fresh meat and produce.

Lower Demand

Some caterers have also used their facilities to provide cooked meals for healthcare and other essential workers. Even as countries ease lockdowns, there are likely to be restrictions on mass gatherings for some time and this could result in continued lowered demand for catering services.

So if you are planning a wedding, special event, major milestone, party or celebration soon it looks like catering such an event will take on a new life. Similar to other changes in a post-COVID-19 environment, there will no doubt be a “new normal” compared to life as we knew it.

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Source: Research and Markets