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Supply issue: items that may disappear from store shelves in the US

As the world reaches the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more goods are becoming scarce due to lack of supply chains around the world. Edition Yahoo! told what products it will be very difficult to find.

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According to Johns Hopkins University business professor Tinglong Dai, supply chain concerns stem from “record congestion at the Port of Los Angeles / Long Beach that has paralyzed the east coast with widespread power outages across China, and a shortage of truck drivers and maintenance personnel. and COVID-19. "

Shipping prices have skyrocketed and demand for goods has outstripped suppliers.

Before making a shopping list, look at the list of items that you may not find.

Ben & Jerry's different flavors

The frozen treat is usually the perfect dessert, but in an email dated September 14, Ben & Jerry's parent company, Unilever, cited labor shortages as the reason for the decline in production. The company said it will focus on producing its most popular flavors.

Carbonated drinks

Plants that produce carbon dioxide have been forced to cut production due to rising costs, leading to shortages, said Per Hong, a senior partner at consulting firm Kearney.

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“We will almost certainly face a global CO2 shortage. CO2 is used in the food value chain, from packaging food to keep it fresh longer, from dry ice to keeping frozen food cold during delivery to carbonating drinks, ”he said.


People have replaced homemade food with fast food, which is why poultry meat is in short supply. In May, vendors announced a chicken shortage by restricting menus in some restaurants and raising prices in stores.


Brazil is the supplier of most of the world's coffee, but the country is experiencing a drought that has slowed the production and transportation of coffee beans.


Diaper prices have risen due to rising raw material prices, delivery delays and container shortages. Diaper manufacturers Proctor & Gamble (Pampers and Luvs) and Kimberly-Clark (Huggies) have announced price increases.

Fish sticks

As a result of a customs dispute between the United States and Canada, Alaskan pollock, used to make fish sticks and sandwiches, was stored abroad. Cross-border restrictions have stopped the transport of fish and could cause ongoing problems in the seafood supply chain.

Frozen meals

Rodney Holcomb, a nutritional economist at Oklahoma State University, explained that concerns about the Delta strain are causing some customers to buy more than usual, as we saw at the start of the pandemic, in case another restriction occurs.

Heinz ketchup bags

Due to restrictions on indoor food, most people prioritize pickup, takeaway and delivery orders rather than cutting back on the supply of ketchup bags. Kraft Heinz has confirmed that it is working to increase supply, in particular adding production lines that will increase production by about 25%, for a total of more than 12 billion bags per year.

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Marie Callender Pies

Expect Marie Callender's 10 and 15 ounce pie shortages. According to parent company Conagra, the production faced packaging material problems from the tray and carton supplier, resulting in a production halt.

McCormick Gourmet Spices

On the eve of the holidays, dishes prepared throughout the country may be missing a very important ingredient - seasonings. McCormick Gourmet is experiencing a shortage of packaging materials due to production shutdowns associated with the pandemic. Laurie Robinson, a McCormick spokesperson, said “Gourmet is the only product line affected by this lack of packaging,” but it can be replaced with regular spices.

Rice Krispie Treats

The production of this breakfast treat was below expectations. The deficit persists as workers continue to strike, even though production lines have been restarted as new workers have been brought in.

Sour Patch Kids

Parent company Mondelez said some of their products, such as Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish Candy and Toblerone chocolates, are "out of stock due to supply chain disruptions."

Toilet paper

This is not new on the pandemic era shortage list, but the industry has yet to meet demand. The shortage of toilet paper is associated with a shortage of raw materials - wood pulp, from which toilet paper is made. Only 60% of orders are shipped. Some retailers, such as Costco, have restored purchase limits to keep this household item in stock.

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