Grocery stores in the US could experience supply shortages

Grocery stores in the US
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Grocery stores in the US may receive limited quantities of products or may not have some flavors or items due to labor, raw material or transportation problems faced by food manufacturers, local media revealed this Saturday.

According to CNN, which cited emails it had access to, many manufacturers have warned stores about the availability of certain products ahead of the autumn and winter celebrations.

Some of the vendors have even asked stores to cancel their promotions on certain items during the holidays. So that these do not disappear quickly from the shelves.

Distributors brace for potential grocery shortage in U.S.

CNN revealed emails sent to four distributors that it did not identify by representatives of producers such as Mondelēz, Unilever and McCormick. In them, they anticipated that will impose purchase caps or have limited availability of some of its brands.

This would affect, among others, certain flavors of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, McCormick’s line of gourmet spices. As well as some of the presentations of Marie Callender’s frozen cakes, and certain cereals or frozen breakfasts.

The companies cited increased demand, labor shortages, “supply chain constraints” or “logistical challenges.”

The news network assured that some of the stores are trying to have inventory or have started using secondary providers. This is for when your main suppliers cannot fulfill your orders.

In the week that ended on October 3, about 18% of beverages and bakery products, 16% of sandwiches and 15% of frozen foods and sweets were sold out in stores. This was revealed by CNN, citing data from the IRI firm, which tracks stocks in supermarket chains, department stores and pharmacies, among others.

Before the pandemic, the newspaper version pointed out, between 7% and 10% of the products used to be out of stock on the shelves.

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