The increase in home cooking seems to be limiting the impact of tumbling oil prices on the oilseed sector. In recent successive weeks, the retail sector has had a large increase in demand for products as populations adapt to full-time home life with a big increase in cooking oil.

Sales of cooking oil in the last 12-week period are the highest in at least the last two years. Retail sales to 22 March were 14% higher than the last 12-week period (ending 23 February) which included Christmas sales (Kantar).