Grocery shortages are back, and this time we can point to supply chain disruptions, omicron and winter storms.
Grocery chains nationwide look bleak as shelves remain empty, inventory runs out and shoppers search the aisles for their favorite products in vain.
These dwindling stocks give us flashbacks to 2020, when toilet paper seemed impossible to find, but the reasons for recent shortages go far beyond panicked shoppers.
If you can’t find your favorite items at your local grocery store, here’s why:
“Shortages depend on the item, store and region of the country,” said Curt Covington, senior manager of institutional credit at AgAmerica. USA TODAY. “Shortages can be due to supply chain issues, consumer behavior or environmental factors, so it is difficult to determine what will be affected next.”
We are literally witnessing the perfect storm, as ongoing weather events affect shipping and exports; supply chains become strained; and pandemic-era shopping trends are exacerbated by omicron.
According to USA TODAY, a recent study by KPMG found that 71% of grocery shoppers are somewhat or very concerned about shortages, with 35% of consumers switching brands when their favorite items are out of stock.
So what are grocery stores missing?
Here are the groceries you might be struggling to find on the shelves right now:
- canned hoods
- chicken tenders
- Cream cheese
- garbage bags
- cold medicine
- greek yogurt
- ramen noodles
- baby formula
- aluminum foil
- pet food
- toilet paper
Whatever you do, 2022, please don’t take away our Toaster Strudel!
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