Are you having trouble finding what you are looking for in the shop? This is not a common problem. 

As the world reaches the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, more items are becoming scarce because of a supply chain shortage across the globe.

Supply chain concerns are due to “record-level congestion at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach that has spread to the East Coast, the widespread power outages across China, shortages of truck drivers and service workers, and COVID-19-fueled infections and restrictions,” Tinglong Dai, a business professor at Johns Hopkins University, told USA TODAY in an email.

The shipping costs have risen dramatically and so has the demand.

Economic impact:The supply-chain problem, worker shortages and extreme weather are all contributing to food price increases.

Here’s a list you may not be able to find before making your grocery list.

Ben & Jerry flavors

This frozen treat is usually the perfect dessert, but in an email on Sept. 14, Ben & Jerry’s parent company Unilever cited labor shortages as the reason for reducing the amount of flavors produced. According to the company, it will concentrate on its most loved flavors. You don’t have to be worried about Phish Food fans.

Carbonated drinks

Fertilizer plants, which lead to the production of carbon dioxide, had to reduce their output due to rising costs, causing shortages in food and other products, Per Hong, senior partner at consulting firm Kearney, said to CNBC. “We almost certainly will be faced with a global shortage of CO2 that is used widely. CO2 is used extensively in the food value chain from inside packaged food to keep it fresher longer, for dry ice to keep frozen food cold during delivery, to giving carbonated beverages their bubbles,” he said. 

Chicken

People have substituted fast food for home-cooked, comfort meals causing chicken to become scarce. Suppliers announced in May that there was a shortage of chicken, which has led to some menu items being restricted and increased prices at stores. 

Coffee

Brazil supplies most of the coffee in the world, however the drought has slowed production and transport of coffee beans.

Diapers

Households with small children should be aware that diaper prices have increased due to raw material price raises, shipping delays and container shortages, according to Business Insider. Diaper manufacturers, Proctor & Gamble (Pampers and Luvs) and Kimberly-Clark (Huggies) announced price increases in early April.

Trout sticks

The U.S. and Canada have been in a dispute over the customs status of Alaska pollock. This is used to make fish sticks and sandwiches. Transborder restrictions may have caused problems in the supply chain for permanent seafood.

Frozen Meals

Rodney Holcomb, food economist at Oklahoma State University, explained to ABC27 News that concerns over the delta variant have some customers buying more than usual, as we saw at the beginning of the pandemic, just in case there is another lockdown. 

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Heinz ketchup packets

With restrictions on indoor dining, most people switched to pickup, takeout and delivery orders, limiting the supply of individual ketchup packets. USA TODAY was informed by Kraft Heinz in April that they are working to improve supplies. They have added manufacturing lines to boost production by 25%, resulting in more than 12 million packets per year.

Marie Callender’s pot pies

The holidays call for comfort foods – even if you aren’t the one making it. Expect to run out of Marie Callender’s 10 and 15-ounce pot pie recipes. CNN Business reports that Conagra’s parent company Conagra will be allocating shipment through Nov. 29, after the company “encounters packing material challenges from our carton and tray supplier, resulting in a production disruption.”

McCormick Gourmet spices

With the holidays around the corner, meals being prepared across the nation may be missing a very important ingredient – seasonings. Due to the pandemic shutdowns, McCormick Gourmet spices have run out of packaging supplies. Lori Robinson, a spokesperson for McCormick, told CNN Business, “Gourmet is the only product line impacted by this packaging shortage,” but can be substituted with their regular spices. 

Rice Krispie Treats

According to an email addressed to suppliers, this lunchbox item’s production was “below expectations.” Despite the fact that production lines were restarted and replacement workers have been brought in, Kellogg workers are still on strike.

Sour Patch Kids

Mondelez, the parent company, wrote an October 1 email to a distributor to state that there was “limited availability” for some items like Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish candy. This is due to “supply chain constraints.” 

Toilet paper

Although this is not a new problem, the industry is still struggling to meet the growing demand. The toilet paper shortage stems from lumber’s raw material, wood pulp, which is used to make toilet paper. Fox Business reports only 60% of orders are being shipped out. Costco and other retailers have reinstituted purchasing limits to keep this item in stock. 

The pandemic of ketchup:We struggled to find the COVID-19 products we needed for a year.

Source: USAToday.com

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