As a successful food producer, New Mexico’s economy has been based in cattle ranching and farming for two centuries, with more than 24,700 farms still in operation today. In addition to boasting world-renowned chile and pecan products, many locally produced goods can be found in grocery stores and on the menus of neighborhood restaurants.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has caused rapid surges and declines in demand, impacting various sectors of the food and beverage industry.
Grocery stores have seen heightened demand as a result of the stay-at-home orders, creating pressure to meet the growing needs of consumers confined to their homes. Food and beverage distributors have faced a different reality, with their customers – such as restaurants, hotels and cruise lines – sharply reducing their demands for goods.