8 Of Your Favorite Foods Are Disappearing From Iowa Store Shelves
Let's kick off 2023 with some grocery shortages, shall we?
A lot of factors were in play last year that will result in several things being in short supply at our grocery stores. For example, remember how avian flu was so widespread in 2022? Now it's one reason behind the egg shortage. Weather events, high prices, supply chain issues, and more problems will contribute to a shortage of other grocery staples too so get ready for it.
So besides the already ongoing issue with eggs, here are 8 things we will likely see less of on Iowa grocery shelves in 2023.
According to Eat This, Not That, ranchers and farmers in Texas faced a tough season last year, with an extreme drought and many were forced to sell off a lot of their cattle. It will likely be a hot second before they can repair the damage that was done so for now, the consumer could very well face higher prices and less supply on beef.
7. Bread & Wheat Products
Not the bread. This one could actually be caused in part because of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. The two countries together produce 30% of the world's wheat exports. Russia's invasion already took it's toll on bread: the Consumer Price Index shows that the price of bread went up 15.7% in the last year. Also impacted were the prices of cereal, bakery items, and flour.
While a champagne shortage isn't a new concern, drought conditions and bad weather in both California and the Champagne region of France have impacted producers. Champagne takes anywhere from 15 months to 4 years to be ready so it could be a hot second before the supply is fully replenished.
This shortage is pretty much thanks to a widespread virus caused by a pesky insect. Back in November, the Consumer Price Index reported that lettuce already cost 20% more than it did in 2021. We may not have to deal with this one long though. Business Insider thinks that the problem could ease up early this year.
4. Believe It Or Not, Corn
Remember that time last year where we got virtually no rain, there were a lot of pests in the fields, and early in the spring some of the storms got nasty? Corn crops across the Midwest didn't like that. Eat This, Not That says that around August, experts were finding many crops were destroyed or unable to be harvested. Reuters shows that the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects increased plantings for the 2023-2024 season so corn supply should bounce back.
3. Orange Juice & Oranges
Hurricane Ian hit Florida back in September and a lot of orange trees were lost to it. Eat This, Not That found that Florida's orange production is expected to fall as much as 51% in the 2022-2023 growing season, putting it down to just 20 million boxes of oranges. That's the lowest it's been since 1936-1937.
2. Sunflower Oil & Palm Oil
Ukraine is a major producer of the world's sunflower seeds & oil, having produced nearly 50% of the world's globally traded supply in 2020, according to Brookings Institution. Of course, the war in Ukraine is highly impacting this.
Meanwhile, the world's largest palm oil producer is Indonesia. The country put a palm oil export limit to maintain domestic supplies of it.
1. Canned Drinks & Foods
Y'all panic-bought so many canned foods and drinks when the pandemic was revving up that it upped the price of aluminum so we're still dealing with that problem going into 2023.
Beer, by the way, could be game for a shortage too because of (what else) supply chain issues.