Are Americans hoarding food? The next supply chain crisis is food shortages

Although the epidemic has had an impact on people’s daily lives for up to one and a half years, the supply of basic daily necessities in American grocery stores and restaurants has once again been hit by shortages and delays.

With the recovery of the economy, processing and transportation capabilities have always been unable to meet the ever-increasing demands of consumers.

According to Bloomberg, Albertsons CEO Vivek Sankaran said:

I never thought that we would still be discussing supply chain issues until October 2021, but this is a reality, and retailers are lamenting.

On any given day, there will be less things in our store, and there are all kinds of things.

In Denver, USA, children in public schools are facing a shortage of milk.

The machinery of the Denver milk factory was damaged, affecting transportation; in addition, the transportation of cereals, tortillas, and juice was interrupted from time to time.

Theresa Hafner, Executive Director of Food Services at Denver Public Schools said:

Since the beginning of school, we have been working hard to solve the supply chain problems of different commodities.

It just keeps appearing. It’s like playing a game of whack-a-mole.

In Chicago, there is also a shortage of canned and boxed food in the local market.

Some of Dill Pickle Food Co-Op’s foods have been sold out because the company’s two main distributors have not shipped all of them in recent weeks.

General Manager I’talia McCarthy said in an email to shopkeepers this month:

In the early stage of the epidemic, panic buying was the main reason for the shortage of food products.

Although the food industry can rebound to a certain extent, the continuity of the epidemic, the slow pace of global vaccination, and the recent surge in the number of infections caused by the Delta virus have made this problem reappear.

Steve Meyer, a consulting economist with the National Pork Producers Council in the United States, said that earlier this month, a pork supplier was unable to ship because there were not enough foam trays.

The problem of labor shortage is also plagued by meat supply.

Meyer said that although the factory is running due to a lack of workers and truck drivers, it has not reached full capacity.

But the shortage problem does not seem to be as serious as it was in the early stages of the epidemic.

According to data from NielsenIQ, the spot supply of supermarkets has stabilized since the sharp drop in November last year.

Nevertheless, the total inventory ratio in September was 94.6%, which was lower than the 95.2% in August. NielsenIQ said this means that last month’s actual income only accounted for 94.6% of expected income.

And many food suppliers are preparing for these problems and continuing shortages.

Saffron Road is a company that produces frozen food and storable food. The company’s existing inventory is about 4 months, usually only 1 to 2 months.

Adnan Durrani, founder and CEO of the company, said, “We are hoarding goods. I think that in the next six months, the prices of all goods will rise.”

Land O’Lakes Inc., one of the largest agricultural cooperatives in the United States, said its dairy farm produces a lot of extra milk.

Chief Supply Chain Officer Yone dewey berry said in an email:

The challenges in the supply chain are still the shortage of drivers, labor and port congestion.