With shortages and the 4th of July around the corner, here are 4 grocery items that stores are running low on (according to Eat This Not That):
- 1. Kiwi
If you’re a fan of kiwis, you may have noticed that they’ve been a bit harder to come by recently. That’s because the 2022 kiwi harvest in New Zealand has been quite disappointing. Weather conditions and a shortage of labor have resulted in a smaller than usual crop, which is bad news for kiwi lovers all over the world. Luckily, the kiwi situation is not as dire as it may seem. While the current harvest is smaller than usual, there is still a significant amount of kiwifruit being exported to the US each year. So if your local store is running low on kiwis, don’t worry – they should be back soon.
- 2. Sriracha Sauce
Chicken and other meat hot off the grill may be less spicy this summer thanks to a shortage of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. Huy Fong Foods, Inc., the company that makes the sauce, recently confirmed with Eat This, Not That! that its signature product along with the Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek sauces are not being sent out until after Labor Day.
Like kiwi harvests, chili plants have been affected by unusual weather conditions not only this year but since 2020. With supply at such a low point, the company won’t be able to fill orders until September.
“We understand that this may cause issues,” the company says. “However, during this time we will not accept any new orders to be placed before September as we will not have enough inventory to fulfill your order.”
Luckily this is the only condiment facing a shortage due to pandemic-related agricultural disruptions. So while your Sriracha-slathered chicken sandwich might not be as fiery as usual, you can still enjoy all your other favorite summer BBQ dishes without worry.
If you’re a coffee lover, you may want to stock up on your beans. The cost of coffee has skyrocketed in recent months, going up by 70%, according to The Guardian. Sweltering heat is causing farmers to move their crops, but the amount of land is dwindling in places like Costa Rica and Jamaica. This could mean some empty spaces in the coffee aisle of your local supermarket.
Unfortunately, the shortages of materials used in colored glass manufacturing are likely to continue, due to a combination of high demand and limited supply. This is likely to cause problems for wine producers, who may find it difficult to obtain the materials they need for their bottles. In addition, climate change is expected to have a further impact on crops in the future, which could lead to even more shortages. As a result, it is possible that we will see fewer varieties of wine available in the future. However, there are still many wonderful wines out there to enjoy, so make sure to stock up while you can!