Shopping shortages: These popular grocery store staples can be hard to find right now
The fight for store shelves to be filled with many popular brands is on.
According to the Wall Street Journal, some grocery stores struggle to keep certain items in stock – from kid-favorite frozen waffles to certain drinks to breakfast staples.
“In the 50 years that I have been in the business, we have never seen the markets as they are today. They are wild! said Stew Leonard, CEO of Stew Leonard’s.
Kraft Heinz says it is seeing strong demand for its brands, including Lunchables, which it says is seeing double-digit growth for the first time in five years.
The company told ABC News it has increased production to meet full demand and is working quickly and hard to get more product into the hands of consumers.
In the meantime, as demand exceeds supply, Leonard says they are coming up with their own solutions.
“Lobster is probably at an all time high right now as the price per pound and the lobster rolls are a big hit,” he said. “One of the things we’ve done is make a shrimp roll right now.”
According to IMF, a national trade association for the food industry, demand pressures have not returned to pre-pandemic levels, telling ABC News that a combination of factors including shortages of materials, ingredients , labor and transportation, will continue to be disruptive and create an uneven recovery in the supply chain.
And according to market research firm IRI, monthly sales are up 3% from a year ago and 14% from August 2019.
They say the change is occurring as consumers eat more and eat less in restaurants.
“So many behaviors have changed during the pandemic. And that’s kind of what we’re going through, there’s a lot more confidence in the kitchen,” said Joan Driggs, vice president of content and thought leadership at the IRI. “We have a whole new generation of cooks who love it, they get more exactly what they want, they are very proud of it.”
But before you start to panic, stock up on groceries like meat, milk, and toilet paper like you might have done last year, remember this:
“People can go and fill out their list,” Driggs said. “I don’t think we’re going to come back to this big stop, fill up on the panic races that we had in the spring of 2020.”
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