Grocery store shelves aren’t going back to normal this year

CNN (10/10/2021)
  • America’s largest packaged food manufacturers are warning grocery stores that supply-chain constraints limiting supply will linger through year-end.
  • Popular items (eg Rice Krispies, Sour Patch Kids, Ben & Jerry’s) will be limited but still prioritized over niche products and specialty flavors.
  • Manufacturers have also started imposing purchase caps to ensure widespread availability.
  • As of October 3rd, 15-18% of beverages, frozen foods and snacks were out of stock vs 7-10% pre-COVID.
  • Food manufacturers are encouraging grocers to reduce promo sales to maintain inventories.