By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine
We have discussed the food crises at length at ANP, including warnings from store managers, downplayed reports that the supply chain crisis could last well into 2023, with many believing it will be far longer, and now a reader has sent us some images of specific signs at her local NW New Jersey store.
The signs at first appearance looked the same and then we noticed the reason she sent three of them was each sign has similar wording, but the brand names used to inform customers of the “supply challenges,” and how their favorite varieties may not be available, we all different.
The image at the top details the supply challenges, aka shortages, at the “Arnold” facility, and the other two you see throughout the articles is from the Entemann’s, and Nabisco.
As can be seen above, there is no estimated date on when supply issues will back on the shelves, just that they are working with (insert name here) to ensure the product will return to the shelves.
PANDEMIC SHORTAGE OF SELECTIONS MAY BE PERMANENT
In July of 2020, after the spectacle of toilet paper runs emptied store shelves, making it hard to find that very basic everyday product, no matter the brand, but people started noticing the selections at stores were dwindling.
The reason given was “Manufacturers say they are focusing on the most popular brands during the pandemic.”
Jump forward to September 2021,and the images sent to ANP (Thank you PipeLiners!) showed shortages of everything from milk to yogurt, energy drinks, certain Coca Cola products, lunch meats, produce, cereals, and images of the rapidly escalating prices for meats and other items.
In a September 21, 2021 article, we see a list of some items that are still showing severe supply issues, and other news reports indicate that more shortages are on the horizon, hence stores like Costco setting limits of purchases once again.
On September 28, 2021, Yahoo Life reported on a number of items that will never be seen again, or multiple selections from certain brands would never been seen again.
For example: Progresso soups will still be found, but the company has cut 40 different types of soups from being manufactured.
To be clear, you’ll still see Progresso’s canned soups at the store—there just won’t be as many options as there were before the pandemic. In July, Bloomberg reported that Progresso has cut 40 types of soup from its offerings. And while the full list of discontinued flavors isn’t available, it might include one of your favorites.
Other items include Smurfs Chef Boyardee for children; Certain Campbells canned soups; Canned mac and cheese (yes, sounds horrible, but it sold well); Trader Joe’s has discontinued several of its chili offerings, including the fan-favorite veggie chili; Some Dinty Moore products, just to name a few as examples.
Those were only canned products.