Supply chain and labor issues have resulted in nationwide shortage which is significantly impacting a popular seasonal product that is Girl Scout cookies. This in turn is having an adverse effect on Girl Scout activities like cookie booths and the earning of badges.
One of the reasons attributed to this is the production bottlenecks experienced by one of the major suppliers of the cookies licensed Girl Scout Cookie baker Little Brownie Bakers. Little Brownie Bakers, a facility based in Louisville, Kentucky, has not been able to keep the supply going as they have done for the past several decades. In an interview with Fast Company, this is what a spokesperson for Girl Scouts of the USA. Kelly Parisi had to say: “We anticipate some councils will be largely unaffected, while other councils and girls may not reach their cookie goals. Girl Scouts of the USA is working with our baker to mitigate the impact to councils, troops, girls and customers.”
However, only a specific type of cookie has borne the brunt of the shortages and that is S'mores - the delicious graham cracker cookie with the chocolate and marshmallow filling. A YouGov poll from 2020 found that only 3% of Americans consider this cookie as their favorite while an overwhelming 24% prefer Thin Mints. 16% of those polled voted for Samoas.
Considering that 200 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies are sold each year, generating $800 million in revenue, any production snafus tend to directly impact the programs, financial assistance, rewards, and troop support that involves the Girl Scouts.