There Are Nationwide Shortages Of Aluminum Cans, Soda, Flour, Canned Soup, Pasta And Rice

I had no idea that things had gotten so bad. Earlier today, my wife spoke with the manager of a local grocery store because she wanted to place a large order for some canned goods. What she was told surprised her, and it certainly surprised me. The manager of this local grocery store told her that there are numerous nationwide shortages going on at this moment, and he indicated that there are lots of products that he simply cannot get right now. When my wife told me what he had said, I decided that I had to look into this, because I hadn’t heard that canned goods were in short supply. Well, it turns out that the manager that my wife spoke with was right on target, and that should deeply alarm all of us.

One thing that my wife was specifically told was that there is a nationwide shortage of aluminum cans, and this is having a tremendous impact on the soda industry.

In fact, things have gotten so bad that Coca-Cola (KO) has been forced to publicly address the situation

Coke Life, Mello Yellow, Sprite Zero, Fresca and more. These are among some of the products you may have had trouble locating on store shelves in recent weeks.

And you’re not alone.

When asked about the situation, Coca-Cola told one Twitter follower: “We are seeing greater demand for products consumed at home & taking measures to adapt, working to mitigate the challenge during this unprecedented time. We appreciate your loyalty to our beverages; please know that we’re working hard to keep the products you love on the shelves.”

Apparently the big reason why there is a shortage is because people are consuming far more beverages at home than usual, and this has created a huge demand for canned drinks.

Right now, Coca-Cola and Pepsi are primarily focusing on using their limited supplies of aluminum cans to produce their core products, and this has made less popular flavors very difficult to find

Both Coca Cola and Pepsi have reportedly been forced to focus on their most popular flavors in order to keep them in stock, making the less popular flavors harder to find for the time being.

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Kurt Benson 2 months ago Member's comment

Don't forget BEEF! I just saw on the TalkMarkets video that as many to 20% to 30% of Wendy's restaurants are no longer serving meat due to the shortages.

Angry Old Lady 2 months ago Member's comment

Where's the Beef?!

Ayelet Wolf 2 months ago Member's comment

I thought #Trump ordered all the meat processing plants back to work? He didn't care about the high infection rates there. Those places are breeding grounds for infection!

Kurt Benson 2 months ago Member's comment

Exactly. They may have been ordered to work, but what can they do if the employees are too sick to go to work?

Adam Reynolds 2 months ago Member's comment


William K. 2 months ago Member's comment

The refusal to acknowledge the pandemic and close the borders in time was the start of a string of poor choices by those who should have done much better. Unfortunately they fit perfectly with the mindset that has been increasing the governments debt by huge amounts recently. But that problem started quite a few years back, it was getting worse more rapidly prior to this pandemic starting. So we have two disasters happening at once, and no real cure available for the financial disaster in sight.

Angry Old Lady 2 months ago Member's comment

Yes, and I blame Trump. Even though he ridiculously denies responsibility, the buck stops with him.

Marcy Brown 2 months ago Member's comment

Yes, I pushed to close the borders long ago, as soon as the first case in the US was known. My friends said I was crazy and that it would destroy the economy. Well, I think it's far more destroyed now. At least domestic travel and commerce would be booming. Now it's too late and America may never recover.