US shoppers find some groceries scarce due to virus, weather


Customers customers are are finding finding a a trip trip to to the the grocery grocery store store is is more more like like a a scavenger scavenger hunt hunt virus virus struggles struggles and and severe severe weather weather are are leaving leaving U. U. S. S. grocery grocery shelves shelves bare bare having having trouble trouble finding finding your your favorite favorite crackers crackers or or lunch lunch meat meat it's it's not not just just you you shortages shortages are are happening happening nationwide nationwide at at U. U. S. S. grocery grocery stores stores as as all all across across surgeon surgeon severe severe weather weather add add to to pandemic pandemic labor labor in in supply supply chain chain issues issues the the consumer consumer brands brands association association says says the the percentage percentage of of items items out out of of stock stock has has climbed climbed from from the the usual usual five five to to ten ten percent percent to to fifteen fifteen percent percent weather weather related related events events from from snow snow storms storms to to wildfires wildfires have have also also hit hit shipping shipping and and product product availability availability Benjamin Benjamin lightly lightly in in Washington Washington DC DC told told the the AP AP he he was was disappointed disappointed to to find find empty empty vegetable vegetable bands bands and and a a sparse sparse selection selection of of Turkey Turkey chicken chicken and and milk milk ConAgra ConAgra brands brands which which makes makes everything everything from from frozen frozen vegetables vegetables to to canned canned chili chili told told investors investors that that supplies supplies will will be be constrained constrained for for at at least least the the next next month month due due to to a a crime crime related related absences absences on on food food production production lines lines I'm I'm Jennifer Jennifer king king

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