US grocery stores could face supply shortages

Lack of labor and raw materials could lead to supply shortages, reveals CNN.

Lack of labor and raw materials could lead to supply shortages, CNN reveals.

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Grocery stores in USA they might receive limited quantities of products or not have some flavors or items due to workmanship issues, raw material or transportation 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 in preparation for the fall and winter celebrations.

Some of the vendors have even asked stores to cancel their promotions on certain items during the holidays so they don’t quickly disappear from the shelves.

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

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

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

The news network said that some of the stores are trying to have inventory or have started to turn to secondary suppliers for when their main suppliers cannot fulfill their 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 the sweets were sold out in stores, CNN revealed, 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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