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The Trends Journal has obtained info from a leading U.S. Grocery retail chain that indicates just how widespread item supply issues are likely to be as the holiday season goes into full swing.
The documents were issued by ShopRite, a major food retailing cooperative composed of more than 50 companies owning markets throughout the country.
The documents catalogued a wide list of supply categories and items that were on limited allocation or in even worse short supply.
General item categories that were projected to be in short supply included:

  • Baby Food and Formula 
    • “Many slower moving items on allocation as vendors focus production on faster moving items”
  • Baking Ingredients
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Cooking Oil
  • Fruit Snacks (Almost every brand on allocation. Starch shortage.)
  • Entree style meals
  • Pasta
  • Pet Foods
  • Yogurt

Common items including juices and lunch meat also made the list.
Multiple companies were listed as having issues affecting their ability to supply products.
Hillshire Farms was mentioned for their entire line of products being on allocation. Pepperidge Farm was listed as having supply challenges and labor issues including “driver issues to plant.”
Mondelez, the parent company of Nabisco, Belvita and other brands was listed for having supply issues for a number of products, and for labor issues including “MFR plants, Drivers and workforce.”
Treat and snack item manufacturers are also having trouble. Trends Journal readers strive to eat healthy, and we would never advocate otherwise. But for those who do occasionally indulge in treats like ice cream, cookies, popcorn, pretzels, chips and other snack items, selections may be slim.
Companies including Frito Lay, Utz and Snyders all reported various supply and/or labor issues. Various products from vendors like Friendly’s and Blue Bunny were also specified.
Vitamins across multiple vendors were listed for supply shortages, and also common brand name analgesics like Advil. Aleve and Tylenol.
Stomach relief products like Miralax, Metamucil, Tums, Pepto and Benefiber may be harder to come by. 
The supply crunch is also affecting non-food items like cleaning supplies, pesticides and canning supplies from the major manufacturer in that area, Ball.
Adult and Feminine Personal Care Products like Depends, Poise, Kotex, Always and Tampax were listed as well. Those expecting or caring for infants and toddlers may also want to stock up on baby diapers, an item no new parent wants to be out of supply.

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