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How Analysts Think the Presidential Election Will Affect Your Eating

July 27, 2016

Some of you have requested popcorn recipes for the recent election season; others have requested that politics be left to the pundits.

Either way, “if the state of the world lately makes you want to close the curtains and stay inside, you may not be alone,” writes Erik Holm for the Wall Street Journal.

And investors are taking cue. Chris O’Cull, an Equity Research Analysis focusing on restaurant companies at KeyBanc Capital, told the Journal that investors should put their money in pizza delivery. In recent weeks, more people are choosing to stay at home rather than eat out, and it's a trend he thinks will last through the November election at least.

The same “civil and political disruptions that have negatively impacted restaurant dining may be helping pizza operators that deliver to consumers," says O'Cull. Casual-dining traffic is down 3 to 5% in recent weeks; meanwhile, stocks for Papa John's and rival Domino's are up.

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If you’re feeling the same impulse to hunker down and curl up, but are more keen to make-at-home than order-in, we're here for you:

Do you find that your cooking and eating-out habits change with the political atmosphere? Share with us in the comments.

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I used to work at Food52. I'm probably the person who picked all of the cookie dough out of the cookie dough ice cream.


Annie S. July 20, 2016
The major influence on my cooking is what I fall in love with at the Farmers Market. Each week I overcommit and fall in love. It is a nice constant and the only foul involves weather.
So there is a lot "lalalala I can't hear you",I'm in the kitchen.
AntoniaJames July 20, 2016
Not at all, although I do think that the stress-reduction benefits of preparing a great dinner every evening help with the challenges of this particular election. ;o)