Communities throughout the country have periodically experienced low-stocked shelves at their local supermarket and big box stores due to ongoing supply chain problems over the past two years.
However, there are a few essential food products that could become even harder to get for the next few months as labor shortages and limited access to resources continue to put a strain on the national supply chain.
The products that are expected to be hit the hardest include items containing wheat, corn, and soybeans. This means that bread, crackers, cereal, pasta, as well as countless other items that contain these basic ingredients could soon be in short supply.
Meat products such as chicken, beef, and pork are also expected to experience availability disruptions and price increases due to labor shortages throughout the meat industry. In many communities throughout the U.S. consumers have reported that the price of beef has risen more than 25% in an effort to adjust to the shortages.
The root of the issue seems to be the availability of workers to process and package meat products for consumer consumption. We are also starting to experience shortages of packaging supplies such as paper, aluminum, and plastics. This has the potential to affect a wide range of products including canned meat, specifically pet foods.
In a recent news story about nationwide cat food shortages, many readers responded that they have had difficulty buying canned cat food. Many have resorted to shopping on Monday mornings when their local grocery stores restock the shelves because many supplies are completely wiped out later in the week.
Other grocery staples that are expected to be hit hard by supply chain issues in the coming weeks include dairy products, potatoes, and coffee.
Have you noticed any specific items missing or in low stock at your local grocery store or supermarket?
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