Let me start with a huge thank you to all the readers that have taken images and sent them over to ANP, along with the readers commentary updating us in the comment section about what is being seen in their geographical locations.
Generally we save up the images until we have enough to show the pattern being seen, and the increasingly high prices and/or empty shelves, or even those with massive holes in sections which is indicative of the inability of the stores to keep items stocked, but at the rate we are receiving these images, it seems prudent to use what we have before getting more.†
(Note - Yes, send more!!!!!)
While we are focusing on foods, it is worth noting that we are also receiving images of empty pillow aisles at Walmart, over the counter medication aisles depleted, among other non-food related items, which we will discuss in a future piece.
Right now, food is critical, whether because the prices continue to rise to unprecedented levels, or simply a lack of options or availability of whole product sections, so we focus on what we cannot live without before addressing other products that could soon become an indulgence.
As always, after each set of images, we will only be linking to the items shown to be either too expensive to realistically purchase in any decent quantity, or product that is becoming more and more scarce on grocery shelves in a number of geographical locations.
Many of the shortages in the images sent appear are different Walmarts in different states, but others are from stores like Giant (grocery), to an Alaska PX to dollar stores, showing that while Walmart may have their own sets of issues, certain shortages are happening across the board.†
The image above and the first set below are from a Walmart in Missouri.†
The lack of snacks and cereals on the shelves caught my eye because in a previous piece, we had two others send images of cereal aisles practically stripped bare, and one other that sent images of fruit rollups, and other snack foods in short supply, so this is not just a problem in one city and one store, but one that appears to be a growing issue.
The holes shown in the cooking oil section in the image above, follows news of surging prices and was a predicted shortage as we learned back in late May the prices had already risen by 70% (Source - Business Insider) and we were warned in that article, the "worst is still to come."
Between Canola, vegetable, sunflower, almost, olive oil and all the other choices we certainly didn't have when I was a kid, we'll just link to the search page and folks can look for what they like to use.
The four images below are from a Walmart in Ohio, and we see empty refrigerator sections, vegetable bins, and canned goods.
Our best option for produce that doesn't go bad within days of getting it, which some readers have mentioned is happening with increasing frequency, appears to be freeze dried, where a handful can be cooked as a side, thrown in soups or stews or used in salads.
For those who want smaller amounts, there are freeze dried fruits and veggies sold individually by can, so here is the search page.
We have received an image from Alaska, which shows the shortages are being seen even there.
During the last round of shortages readers noted and sent us images of pasta and sauce shelves empty or seriously depleted, and it appears that same pattern may be repeating itself as people prepare for more lockdowns and restrictions.
We'll also note that the number of options is decreasing at a rapid rate, as companies limiting the varieties of products being made.
So, if you have a favorite, there is no way to know if that particular product will be one of those cut, so get it now, and get it in bulk.†
It'll always get used, especially if it is a favorite of yours.
PA GIANT AND WALMART STORES
One readers sent us images from two different stores. The images from the Giant store highlights the rise in price for meats, while the others show a depletion of pasta sauces, canned goods, beans and water.
There a very interesting note about the PA Giant meat section.
So you know, Giant's meat department did not have one empty spot and my guess is nobody is buying it because of price and quality it not there.
So, no meat shortage, just so expensive many people simply can't afford it anymore.
Many might look at the grocery stores and say, well that is not so bad, but a comparison to what Strip Steaks cost in 2019 ($17.99), that is an increase over time that is far more percentage wise than income increases.†
The last image being used from PA Giant is the water section.
The next image was sent to us from Reno, Nevada. I am not sure what kind of store that is, other than one that sell produce, which could be like the one we have here that opens only for a few months a year and only sells produce.††
These shortages and price hikes are hitting more cities in more states at a faster rate than even Independent Media first predicted.
Do what you can to stock up, restock or top off your food storage because at the speed we are seeing food depletions in stores, no matter what the product, your own food stores in your home, may be what keeps one from going broke at the grocers or being forced to ration your food just to be able to afford you next shopping trip.
Keep sending pictures please!!!!!
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