It can be seen that in the pre-Corona period, in addition to the usual seasonal fluctuations, the number of monthly deliveries remains at a relatively constant level. Thus, in 2019, there is also the typical year-on-year high level in summer and a slight decrease towards winter. With the start of the first lockdown on March 19, 2020, the level drops drastically in one fell swoop. There is a drop of around 80% in April 2020. The subsequent recovery occurs after the end of the first lockdown starting in May 2020 and peaks in September 2020, although it remains below the original level of the comparable months of the previous year 2019.
A similar picture emerges with the start of the second partial lockdown in November 2020. Once again, the number of establishments supplied by beverage wholesalers in the out-of-home market drops dramatically. This time to a low of 19.3 points in January 2021, 65.4 points below October 2020, the last fully open month before the lockdown.
A look at establishments by business type shows different trajectories over time. For example, the number of deliveries in the first lockdown plummeted by a similar amount - about 85% in lodging and nearly 90% for establishments focused on beverage sales. Dining establishments fare a little better, down about 75% there. The subsequent recovery in the summer of 2020 is quite similar for the types of establishments. While May 2020 is still somewhat subdued, the number of establishments served increases again over the summer to comparable, albeit reduced, pre-lockdown levels.
The second lockdown, starting in November 2020, again resulted in sharp drops and is much longer at six months. There, establishments focused on beverage sales are among the biggest losers. With an index of 9.2 in January 2021, they sink even below the level of the first lockdown. The losses at lodging establishments are not quite as high. There, the index drops from 82.3 in October 2020 then to a low of 19.3 in January 2021, a loss of 63 index points. Establishments with a focus on food sales fare best, dropping to a low of 26.5 in January 2021, a loss of 59 points compared with October 2020, when the index was 85.5.