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"15 Items That Will Be Hard To
Find In Grocery Stores This Winter"
by Epic Economist
"The list of product shortages is still growing and haunting us as we head into the winter. Many of us are getting increasingly apprehensive as we see grocery stores shelves getting barer and barer with each passing month. With the cold season right at the corner, a larger number of families have begun stockpiling food staples and other essential items --and industry executives are alerting that shortages are about to become even more widespread. That means our chance to get the food staples we want and need before they vanish from supermarkets may be almost up. That's why today, we compiled some indispensable products that will suffer from availability issues over the coming weeks so you can get ahead of the stockouts and replenish your pantry while you still can.
In times when demand for grocery items far outpaces the available supply, there is little that can be done to prevent these shortages from getting worse. When it comes to product stockouts and rising prices at grocery stores, many factors are at stake, such as scarcity of packaging, freight disruptions, and labor shortages at production plants. The Ukraine crisis is also adding a lot of stress on the grocery supply line in the U.S., and tight supplies of essential grains are resulting in declining supplies of a wide range of products. Prices of commodities like wheat and corn are still nearing or at record highs. For that reason, many food distributors are trying to hold on to their inventories for as long as they can, and also imposing new purchasing limits for food retailers.
Meanwhile, farmers have experienced one of the toughest plant and harvest seasons in history. This year, the U.S. faced extensive crop losses of different kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains. Meat, poultry, fish, and even plant-based proteins are getting harder to come by as well, and shoppers are literally seeing their pool of options getting steadily smaller. In the face of all that, it's no wonder why so many consumers anticipate that the rise in grocery food items will continue this winter, so panic buying has already begun in many cities. This phenomenon will, of course, add to the food shortage list for the coming months. And just like it happened before, prices are likely to jump even higher. According to Morning Consult, grocery items are up by 51% this holiday season compared to 43% in the last quarter of 2021. On top of that, gasoline prices have started to surge again, leaving low and middle-income families with even tighter food budgets. Experts believe that the rise in the price of essential grocery items will push people to stock up on shelf-stable supplies, which will lengthen the list of product stockouts for 2023.
Even big grocery store chains are struggling to restock their inventories right now. At the start of the year, executives from Walmart, Food Lion, and Kroger expressed concerns that the stores were experiencing food supply issues. Empty grocery shelves continue to be their most significant concern as the new year approaches. That's why it is so important to keep informed to stay ahead of these grocery inventory holes before they hit critical levels. This is going to be a challenging winter for all of us, so make preparations before it begins."