Why you're seeing so much coverage of empty American grocery shelves

Grocery availability has remained stubbornly below pre-pandemic levels.

Pandemic, Food

1/22/2022 6:56:00 PM

Grocery availability isn't getting worse overall in recent weeks, but it has remained stubbornly below pre-pandemic levels — and it's no wonder that is making shoppers cranky.

Grocery availability has remained stubbornly below pre-pandemic levels.

Yes, but:It's not so simple. Overall, product availability is consistent with its levels over the entirety of the pandemic — though there are reasons people may be feeling shortage more acutely.Why it matters:People want to buy the groceries and other goods they need, when they want them. In the pandemic world, that isn't always happening — which fuels a sense that the economy is broken.

By the numbers:According to the IRI Supply Index, 86% of grocery products were available last week, as were 90% of other consumer packaged goods.If you went to an average store, nine of the 10 things you wanted to buy were there. On average, at least.

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Not here! Never had any issues here in NW. What BS. I haven’t seen an empty shelf in Amy of the markets I shop at. I still haven’t seen shelves at any grocery store I go to, looking like this. I used to see the TP isle look like this. I go to Safeway, lucky, Trader Joe’s, sprout…none look like this. I even go on Amazon Fresh. Get what ever I’m looking for. Small towns maybe?

Wait until truck drivers are kept from leaving the state of Florida by the Biden Administration. Then the shortage will get worse. People need to start stick ng up now. We have too much food. 'Over indulgent food wasting nation struggles to adapt with temporary occasional Less Options.' No empty shelves here in Massachusetts.

NOT everywhere. A few items here or there. I shop roughly four different stores. Usually one will have the items others might not. I haven't gone into one grocery store that's had empty shelves like the media is portraying. I usually go to at least 2 local stores per week based on sales. I live in Chicago. This is such alarmist nonsense designed to make Americans angry for nothing.

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I've not experienced any of these shortages. The only thing I have a heck of time getting is Iron Chef orange-ginger sauce! Hard to compare the 'pre-pandemic levels' when the 'Post-Pandemic' has yet to arrive. GroceryAisleNews hyperbole Covid19 economy Glad it hasn’t happened here in Northern CO. That would be a bummer.

“ 86% of grocery products were available last week, as were 90% of other consumer packaged goods.” It’s not a supply chain issue. It’s labor shortage. The people making a stink about this are likely the same ones attacking store employees for being asked to wear a mask. Maybe it's time we investigate the real reasons these people are so damn angry?

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suggests that American grocery stores are starting to have so many empty shelves that they resemble the despondent Soviet-era world of scarce food. Yes, but: It's not so simple. Overall, product availability is consistent with its levels over the entirety of the pandemic — though there are reasons people may be feeling shortage more acutely. Why it matters: People want to buy the groceries and other goods they need, when they want them. In the pandemic world, that isn't always happening — which fuels a sense that the economy is broken. By the numbers: According to the IRI Supply Index, 86% of grocery products were available last week, as were 90% of other consumer packaged goods. If you went to an average store, nine of the 10 things you wanted to buy were there. On average, at least. The Biden administration IRI numbers Wednesday as evidence that the empty shelves narrative is overblown. The 89% rate of overall product availability last week was consistent with levels throughout the last two years of pandemic, it's still below the 93% to 95% levels that retailers aimed for before the pandemic. Moreover, variance in product availability across different products and in different locations has increased, said Krishnakumar Davey, president for client engagement at the research firm. So for certain products in certain markets, shortages really are severe. Across all markets, only 49% of products in the baking needs category were available in early January, and that was only 34% in the localities with the lowest numbers. Cream cheese, sports drinks and salty snacks were also in comparatively short supply. The bottom line: Grocery availability isn't getting worse overall in recent weeks, but it has remained stubbornly below pre-pandemic levels — and it's no wonder that is making shoppers cranky. Go deeper