Grocery Store Shortages: Experts Weigh In on What To Expect This Fall

Finding yourself more and more frustrated by missing items at the grocery store in the post-COVID-19 world we’re living in? You’re not alone.

Product shortages have been part of the new normal since Americans first began stockpiling toilet paper eighteen months ago. But these days, the shortages are on products like Lunchables, deli meats, even wine and liquor. And with the upcoming holiday season on the horizon, experts have already warned parents to buy toys early warning of major toy shortages.

Going into the fall season, experts say it can be difficult to predict which products may be out of stock next, but there are a few you can plan on having a harder time finding.

Canned Food

No, people aren’t preparing for the apocalypse — most of them aren’t anyway — but the availability of canned goods at your local grocery store is sure be in short supply, because of the container it comes in.

The price of aluminum has increased at an alarming rate over the last year, seeing a 40% increase since January, and almost 9% just in the last month. Experts say that anything packaged in aluminum including canned goods, sodas, and ready-made meals could all be significantly harder to find this fall.

Meat and Poultry

Over the summer, consumers saw sharp increases in the price of beef and pork—particularly on hot dogs and ribs. Luckily, the wholesale prices of those items have begun to trend downward in the last month, indicating less of a chance for shortages.

Still, experts recommend planning your Thanksgiving turkey as soon as possible to save money and ensure you’re getting exactly what you want.

While a shortage of meat and poultry is less of a concern, the supply will still be tight this fall due to processing plants working at less than full capacity because of COVID.

Ultimately, experts stress that even if there is a chance of shortages on any products this fall, consumers should not stockpile meats or any other grocery items out of fear of.a shortage, as this kind of behavior often leads to greater chances of a shortage, and make it more difficult for companies to recover quickly. They encourage consumers to plan ahead for the best selection and prices.

Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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