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Similar to the recovery seen in restaurants, deli-prepared and deli-entertaining are showing strong numbers this year in the wake of vaccinations and relaxed restrictions.

The return of prepared foods propels deli sales

In the first half of 2021, total deli sales neared $20 billion, up almost 10% from a year ago

One of the hardest-hit fresh categories during the pandemic, the deli department has made a resounding comeback in 2021, thanks to the resurgence of prepared foods as customers returned to stores and supermarkets reopened service departments.

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