WORLD Shortages at US grocery stores increasing: AP


Shortages at US grocery stores increasing: AP


19:37, January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The fast-spreading omicron variant and severe weather have led to increasing shortages at U.S. grocery stores in recent weeks, the Associate Press has reported.

A lone shopper guides a cart down an aisle past thinly-stocked display cases in a King Soopers store Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo: AP)

The shortages impact produce, meat, and packaged goods such as cereal, the report said, adding that the shortages are widespread and are being reported nationwide.

U.S. groceries typically have 5 percent to 10 percent of their items out of stock at any given time and currently the unavailability rate is hovering around 15 percent, the Consumer Brands Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman was quoted as saying.

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