US sales of vegan meat soared by a staggering 279.8 percent last week. This compared to the same week last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from market data company Neilsen.
In comparison, fresh chicken sales grew by 4.5 percent and 51.8 percent over the same time period.
The virus, which is believed to have started in a wet market in Wuhan, China in December, has now spread globally killing more than 19,000 people at the time of writing.
Coronavirus and shopping
As a result of the pandemic, shoppers have changed their habits, with many people stockpiling food, leaving supermarket shelves bare.
Some goods – notably toilet paper and hand sanitizer – have been particularly sought after by consumers.
Neilsen has compiled data to show which products have seen major sales increasing in the weeks ending March 7 and March 14.