Yes, there is still food in the grocery stores, but as we have shown in our food shortage pieces, with visual evidence, there are also plenty of empty shelves, limited selections, and front facing products with nothing behind them, clearly indicating either a shortage or an inability to keep the store shelves stocked.
Either way there is a large variety of consumables that when someone reaches for them at the store, they touch nothing but empty air.
In many cases, different states and different stores are showing shortages of the same products, such as the dairy sections, more indicative of a product issue than a stocking issue, as shown below.
ANP Reader Image: Target in Albuquerque NM
SHORTAGES AND SPIKING PRICES
The image above and a couple of those below, were sent by a reader in NM with the following message:
These photos were taken on Sunday Morning the 19th of September 2021 at a Target in Albuquerque NM. My wife also said she was looking for mustard and found three left after stopping at three stores total to find it. I know someone who works in the grocery business in Albuquerque that told me two weeks ago that they had no problem getting most food, but had two stockers for the entire store. This is causing them to turn away truck loads of food because they have run out of storage for it and don't have the employees to stock it. This is the first time we have seen large sections of empty shelves in Albuquerque, set aside the great covid toilet paper run last year.
Otherwise it has not been very noticeable here until now.
Also, my best friend had to travel to Ft. Smith, Arkansas for work this week and he said the store outside Fort Smith had no Gatorade amongst other common items.
Thanks for your article and getting status updates out, it helps us plan ahead of shortages or price increases.
Prices... let us not forget that global food prices were up 33% in August from a year earlier with vegetable oil, grains and meat on the rise, according to Bloomberg.
As we have often pointed out, when part of the leftist MSM finally catches up to the Independent Media on these issues, you know it has gotten to the point where they can no longer hide it.
Whether for bread, rice or tortillas, governments across the world know that rising food costs can come with a political price. The dilemma is whether they can do enough to prevent having to pay it.
Global food prices were up 33% in August from a year earlier with vegetable oil, grains and meat on the rise, data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization show. And it’s not likely to get better as extreme weather, soaring freight and fertilizer costs, shipping bottlenecks and labor shortages compound the problem. Dwindling foreign currency reserves are also hampering the ability of some nations to import food.
As a quick aside: Should the media report on these matters in a timely fashion, giving Americans a chance to stock up without panic shopping, we wouldn't be seeing limitations on products, which we now have reports of.
Each time we publish one of these prepping articles, we see meat prices and shortages mentioned with increasing frequency, to the point where people are forced to eat less or pay more, and in many cases Americans still suffering the effects of the pandemic lockdowns, simply cannot afford the continuing rise in prices.
While freeze dried survival foods are more expensive, they also allow for opening a product and being able to use it by the handful, rather than opening a package of meat and being forced to use it all before it goes bad, so in the end, the money, and the longer shelf life, ends up being a bargain.
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ANP Reader Image: Target in Albuquerque NM
On September 21, 2021, Fox News reported that Costco was warning customers that there would be a delay on toilet paper.
The labor shortages are not only delaying shipments, but also affecting all shopping across the nation.
Shoppers looking to buy anything from electronics to sneakers to automobiles - and even household staples like toilet paper - could be out of luck as retailers face a dire combination of supply chain problems, labor shortages and inflationary pressures with the holiday season fast approaching.
Costco on Thursday said it was reinstating limits on purchases of toilet paper, paper towels and bottled water.
From the warning to the actual implementation of limits only took a few days.
This is how quickly products can just be gone or very difficult to obtain from a brick and mortar store.
Please remember to stock up on food, water and basic necessities before paper products because without food, you certainly won't need toilet paper.
Via Bloomberg: (Note we are using both liberal and conservative sources, showing that the issue is noticeable enough that the MSM is being forced to acknowledge it.)
Another product we have seen warnings about previously, and now actual reports of shortages, is high end coffees which, according to reports, is causing the rise in prices of the less expensive brands.
Robusta coffee capped the biggest monthly increase in more than seven years as demand soars amid multiple supply headwinds. Such beans are considered lower quality, and are often used in instant coffee products and blends.
Severe drought and frost slashed the production outlook for arabica beans in top supplier Brazil. Roasters in the South American nation are expected to use more of the less expensive type to meet demand and cover the shortfall.
“The fact is there’s going to be a shortage, and Brazil’s robusta crop will go more toward meeting domestic needs,” said Judy Ganes, the president of J. Ganes Consulting.
Wyoming News Now TV quotes Alexis Rubinstein, the managing editor of Coffee & Cocoa for commodities brokerage StoneX Group in saying this issue is "unprecedented," and stating "It’s never been this perfect storm before. It’s usually just been a supply-and-demand scenario."
Her expanded by saying "We’ve never been dealing with a supply and demand issue on top of a logistics issue, on top of labor issues, on top of a global pandemic."
The point here is to expect prices to continue to rise and for shortages of certain brands.
To understand how fast the "unprecedented" can hit a nation, just look to the UK and Australia.
In Australia truckers, protesting the draconian pandemic measures being implemented, have caused road closures, which in turn has caused a "drastic impact on food supplies."
Reports indicate the media attempted to black out the story, but people took to social media to show video and images of what is actually happening as Premier Dan Andrews informs residents that the unvaccinated with be "locked out" from the future economy.
Notice many of the issues they are having are with products that we have seen images of understocked, and deleted shelves here in America.
For those that think, "it won't get that bad here," those in the UK, Australia, Iceland and other countries likely thought the same, right up until the moment they couldn't get the products they were looking for.
As always we encourage readers to send images of anything they find unusual when out shopping, and those pictures will be used in subsequent articles dealing with the topic.
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