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Sun Mar 22, 2020, 10:29 AM

A Boom Time for the Bean Industry

Tim McGreevy has worked in the bean business for more than 30 years. But when he scanned the bean aisles at a grocery store in Pullman, Wash., on Sunday, he saw something he had never seen before: empty shelves.

“In one sense, this is like my best dream,” said Mr. McGreevy, who runs a trade group for producers and packagers of pulses, a category of legumes that includes beans. “In another sense, you go, ‘Wow, this is pretty serious.’”

As the coronavirus pandemic upends daily life across the United States, Americans are filling their pantries with long-lasting essentials — pasta, rice, canned meat, even oat milk.

But amid all the panic shopping, the growing demand for beans has stood out as an especially potent symbol of the anxious and uncertain times. At supermarkets, shoppers are stocking up on canned beans from familiar brands like Goya Foods, as well as thick bags of dry beans that usually lie largely untouched on store shelves.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/22/business/coronavirus-beans-sales.html

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 10:33 AM

1. I can confirm this

My buddy is the manager at a bean processor company. He manages two facilities and he has a line at his door every morning. 100 pound bag has 1400 servings. $35 cash or almost double if you're paying with a check. I'm not sure I understand the logic in such a large cash discount but that's what's happening. With cash, that's $0.025 a serving.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 10:35 AM

2. Beans are great protein. Harder to find meat these days. n/t

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 10:45 AM

3. I have a pot of beans cooking on the stove

as I type. Gonna make my Grammy's baked bean recipe, which is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods.

(But I usually have some beans on hand anyway, because they're a good source of fiber and a generally useful ingredient.)

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 10:50 AM

4. Beans and rice was dinner last night and man oh man were they good!

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 10:54 AM

5. I've noticed the same.

We eat a lot of legumes and usually have several cans and several bags of dried beans on hand. This is the first time in my life I've ever seen empty shelves of dried beans.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 10:57 AM

6. Bush's baked beans and Campbell's pork and beans.


Dad eats beans right out of the can like grandma.
I'm a high class hillbilly, I add brown sugar with and cook my Bush's on the stove.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 11:04 AM

7. I had a hard time finding red lentils last month

I was trying to keep up my stock of red lentils, as I was on my last jar after I made a batch of red lentil dal.

No red lentils to be found.

I keep dried beans and lentils in jars and use my food saver jar attachment to suck all the air out before putting them in my basement food storage room. Usually I keep two jars in the basement and I was going to run short.

I did find some last week so no big deal. But I did notice the bulk bins were getting hit hard.

Hopefully folks know how to cook them. I remember a couple of years ago, someone on another board that I post on said how sick they’d gotten after eating some soaked kidney beans. They didn’t realize they had to cook them after soaking.

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Response to MissB (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 11:11 AM

8. Lentils aren't bad, and they cook much more quickly than beans. Link:

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 11:16 AM

9. I was surprised to see all the dried beans in my stores gone.

My deepest respect to those of you that regularly cook from scratch that way, but I live in an area where people stop at Starbucks every day for a $5.00 cup of caffeinated sugar and I suspect many of those bags of beans will languish in pantries never used and will eventually be thrown away.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 11:29 AM

10. They are the magical fruit

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Sun Mar 22, 2020, 11:54 AM

11. I love my legumes and pulses.. I'm trying out different beans to make hummus now.. nt

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