Grocery stores could have limited quantities of a number of products ahead of the holidays after some of the nation’s largest food manufacturers said they were running out of supplies, CNN reports.
Driving the news: Many companies have told grocers they will be short of supplies due to labor, commodity and transportation constraints that restrict supply chains, according to CNN.
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Products that may be experiencing a shortage include Rice Krispies treats, Sour Patch Kids, some flavors of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, McCormick gourmet spices, and Marie Callender’s pot pies.
The big picture: The supply in grocery stores has improved since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but did not fully recover.
Many vendors have also asked grocers to cancel their promotions on certain items during the holidays so they don’t sell out quickly from the store, according to CNN.
Other food brands impose purchase ceilings for certain products due to a lack of supply.
By the numbers: Almost 15% of frozen foods were out of stock in stores during the week ending October 3.
That same week, 18% of drinks, 16% of snacks and 15% of candy were out of stock in stores, according to the IRI.
Before COVID-19, 7-10% of products were out of stock on the shelves.
What they say : Chieh Huang, CEO of an online bulk retailer Canned, told CNN that “allowances are the new normal” for manufacturers of food and packaged goods and affect the number of products in stock at Boxed.
The bottom line: Other products – like coffee and shoes – will also be in demand this holiday season due to supply chain issues.
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