ANP readers have been emailing us images of what they have been noticing in their local stores.
Empty shelves, whole sections with missing products, rising prices, limitations on purchases of toilet paper and paper towels, to name just a few of the troubling images we have been publishing, along with the states and/or city and the particular stores, showing the issues are across the board, not just limited to one chain or one state.
This piece isn't about "new" images, but rather the ongoing series we have been publishing to document the shortages, shrinkflation (pay the same for less), Bidenflation, and the breakdown of the supply chain, and how the liberal MSM is now attempting to tell Americans to "not believe your lying eyes (or pictures!).
Note- The images in this article were shared on social media in response to the MSM's "fact checks" AKA lies regarding the shortages in stores around the country.
Granted there is always a joker or two that will "miscaption" images, but as we have been tracking this issue for more than a year, with the help of our awesome readers, we can say without a doubt, that the majority of images of empty shelves, a problem which is worsening by day, are current, real, and the media is deliberately trying to mislead the public about the severity of the issue.
Whatever the reason, to protect Joe Biden from the reality that his policies have not help matters, but has only increased them, or simply to attempt to keep the sheep ignorant, matters not.
What matters in my mind is that the liberal MSM is coordinating and colluding, once again, to lie to the American people by misrepresenting the level of chaos in the global supply chain.
Perhaps the most interesting part of this entire thing is that other media outlets have been forced to at least acknowledge there is an issue, although they rarely highlight those pieces or honestly disseminate the information.
For example: CNN, who regularly downplays this issue, headlined on October 19, 2021, with "Wanted: 80,000 truck drivers to help fix the supply chain." (Archive.is link here)
If there wasn't a problem, there would be nothing to fix.
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Twitter user response to MSM 'fact check"
FOOD SHORTAGES AND PRICE HIKES
On October 20, 2021, Breitbart, one of the few outlets actually reporting on the shortages and supply chain issues consistently, points out that "‘People Are Hoarding’ — Food Shortages Spike as Supply Chain Crumbles."
“People are hoarding [food],” CEO and founder of Saffron Road, a producer of frozen and shelf-stable meals, Adnan Durrani told the Seattle Times. “What I think you’ll see over the next six months, all prices will go higher.”
He spoke as evidence shows food costs have dramatically risen since 2020 with meats, poultry, fish and eggs increasing by 10.5 percent.
The increasing food costs have impacted the ability of suppliers to meet the demands of retailers. Durrani warned he is “keeping about four months’ supply on hand instead of the typical one or two months.”
The price hikes were spread throughout the aisles of the grocery store, with all six major food group categories registering higher prices. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs rose 2.2 percent over the past month and 10.5 percent compared with a year ago. The index for fruits and vegetables rose 0.6 percent in September, a larger increase than the 0.2-percent increase reported in August, and is up three percent compared with a year ago. The index for cereals and bakery products rose 1.1 percent over the month and 2.7 percent over the past year.
Some of the biggest jumps on an annual basis:
Ground beef: + 10.6 percent.
Steaks: +22.1 percent.
Bacon: +19.3 percent.
Pork roasts, ribs, steaks: +19.2 percent.
Chickens: +17.1 percent.
Fresh fish: +10.7 percent.
Eggs: +12.6 percent.
Peanut Butter: +6.2 percent.
Apples: + 7.8 percent.
Ham: +7 percent.
Baby food: +4.4 percent.
The point here is the price hikes and expected rising costs are real, as is the food shortages, or as the MSM decided to dub it, the "inconsistent inventory."
As the price hikes continue, those prepared will be the ones eating well and staying healthy, while the others will either have to change their eating habits or spend a lot more.
Reminder: Freeze dried foods last years, in some cases decades, and if it is in your pantry or storage area, you don't have to worry about the prices going up, and just a handful can be added to any stews, soups, salads, or casseroles.
Some of the other products listed above along with the average price spikes, are also available in freeze dried or powdered form. Most can be used in baking, cooking, or in any manner one uses fresh store bought products.
According to the Washington Post, people should stop complaining about the empty store shelves and just try to "lower expectations."
#EmptyShelvesJoe was trending last week, so apparently this was Wapo's attempt to blame those "ranting" about empty shelves rather than pointing to the man occupying the White House and his administration.
There sub header states: "Once supermarket prices rise more than 5%, consumer buying habits may start to change."
Inflation is now so hot that staples companies feel they have no option but to pass it on. Nestlé, Danone and Procter & Gamble all said this week that consumers can expect higher bills at the grocery store. The question is how far they can push before shoppers defect to cheaper brands or buy fewer items.
As a rule of thumb, price increases above 5% are harder to implement without changing buying patterns, according to supermarket and consumer goods executives. There are caveats: Companies that make more premium brands, such as Nestlé’s Nespresso coffee, have extra wiggle room. And consumers are less reactive to price changes in some countries than in others.
"You can definitely feel the difference … it takes an impact on your entire life," a Wegmans shopper told Fox News. She said she's started going to a discount store for meats and other items.
Luis, a supermarket owner, was filling up his truck with a trolley stacked with items. He said he's no longer able to get products directly from manufacturers.
For those living paycheck to paycheck, that "tipping point" has been already reached.
Not only are shopping habits changing but harsh and brutal decisions are having to be made by families across the nation on either limiting the food put on the table for their children, or paying rent, utilities, etc...
Twitter user's response to MSM 'Fact checkers'
As the liberal portion of the MSM attempts to downplay the severity of the supply chain issue, shortages, price hikes, shrinkflation, with extremely misleading "fact checks," consumers across America are seeing it for themselves.
According to the MSM, "Don't believe your lying eyes (or pictures)," just trust them.
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