Supply chain issues

Written by on October 18, 2021

Cannot discover what you want on the retailer once more? You are not alone. 

Because the world reaches the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, extra objects have gotten scarce due to a provide chain scarcity throughout the globe.

Provide chain issues are as a result of “record-level congestion on the Port of Los Angeles/Lengthy Seaside that has unfold to the East Coast, the widespread energy outages throughout China, shortages of truck drivers and repair staff, and COVID-19-fueled infections and restrictions,” Tinglong Dai, a enterprise professor at Johns Hopkins College, informed USA TODAY in an e-mail.

Transport costs have skyrocketed, and the demand for objects has outpaced the suppliers.

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Earlier than making a grocery record, here’s a record of things you may not discover:

Ben & Jerry flavors

This frozen deal with is normally the right dessert, however in an e-mail on Sept. 14, Ben & Jerry’s father or mother firm Unilever cited labor shortages as the rationale for lowering the quantity of flavors produced. The corporate stated it’ll deal with producing its hottest flavors. Phish Meals lovers, you don’t have anything to fret about.

Carbonated drinks

Fertilizer vegetation, which result in the manufacturing of carbon dioxide, needed to cut back their output as a result of rising prices, inflicting shortages in meals and different merchandise, Per Hong, senior companion at consulting agency Kearney, stated to CNBC. “We nearly definitely shall be confronted with a worldwide scarcity of CO2 that’s used broadly. CO2 is used extensively within the meals worth chain from inside packaged meals to maintain it brisker longer, for dry ice to maintain frozen meals chilly throughout supply, to giving carbonated drinks their bubbles,” he stated. 


Individuals have substituted quick meals for home-cooked, consolation meals inflicting rooster to grow to be scarce. In Could, suppliers introduced a scarcity of rooster limiting some eating places’ menu objects and growing the value in shops. 


Brazil is a provider of a lot of the world’s espresso, however the nation has been experiencing a drought that slowed the manufacturing and transportation of espresso beans.


Households with babies needs to be conscious that diaper costs have elevated as a result of uncooked materials worth raises, transport delays and container shortages, in response to Enterprise Insider. Diaper producers, Proctor & Gamble (Pampers and Luvs) and Kimberly-Clark (Huggies) introduced worth will increase in early April.

Fish sticks

A customs dispute between the U.S. and Canada has stored the Alaska pollock, used for fish sticks and sandwiches, saved throughout the border. Cross-border restrictions have halted the transportation of the fish and will trigger everlasting seafood provide chain points.

Frozen Meals

Rodney Holcomb, meals economist at Oklahoma State College, defined to ABC27 News that issues over the delta variant have some clients shopping for greater than standard, as we noticed in the beginning of the pandemic, simply in case there’s one other lockdown. 

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Heinz ketchup packets

With restrictions on indoor eating, most individuals switched to pickup, takeout and supply orders, limiting the availability of particular person ketchup packets. Kraft Heinz confirmed to USA TODAY in early April that it’s working to extend provides, similar to including manufacturing strains that can improve manufacturing by about 25% for a complete of greater than 12 billion packets a 12 months.

Marie Callender’s pot pies

The vacations name for consolation meals – even should you aren’t the one making it. However anticipate shortages of Marie Callender’s 10-ounce and 15-ounce pot pies. In response to father or mother firm Conagra, it could be allocating shipments by means of Nov. 29 after it “encountered packing materials challenges from our tray and carton provider leading to a manufacturing interruption,” CNN Enterprise studies.

McCormick Connoisseur spices

With the vacations across the nook, meals being ready throughout the nation could also be lacking an important ingredient – seasonings. McCormick Connoisseur spices are in need of packaging provides as a result of pandemic-related shutdowns. Lori Robinson, a spokesperson for McCormick, informed CNN Business, “Connoisseur is the one product line impacted by this packaging scarcity,” however will be substituted with their common spices. 

Rice Krispie Treats

This lunchbox deal with’s manufacturing has been “under service expectations,” as said in an e-mail despatched to suppliers. The scarcity persists as Kellogg’s staff stay on strike, though production lines have restarted as alternative staff have been introduced in.

Bitter Patch Youngsters

In an Oct. 1 e-mail to a grocery distributor, father or mother firm Mondelez says there’s “restricted availability” on a few of their objects similar to Bitter Patch Youngsters, Swedish Fish sweet, and Toblerone chocolate “as a result of provide chain constraints.” 

Rest room paper

That is one thing that is not new to the pandemic scarcity record, however the trade has but to maintain up with the demand. The bathroom paper scarcity stems from lumber’s uncooked materials, wooden pulp, which is used to make rest room paper. Fox Enterprise studies solely 60% of orders are being shipped out. Some retailers, similar to Costco, have reinstated buying limits to protect this family merchandise. 

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