Why grocery stores are struggling to stock shelves

The shortages are widespread, impacting produce and meat as well as packaged goods such as cereal.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QC Life/AP) - Shortages at U.S. grocery stores have grown more acute in recent weeks as new problems have piled on to the supply chain struggles and labor shortages that have plagued retailers since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Those new problems include the fast-spreading omicron variant and severe weather.

The shortages are widespread, impacting produce and meat as well as packaged goods such as cereal.

And they’re being reported nationwide. U.S. groceries typically have 5% to 10% of their items out of stock at any given time; right now, that unavailability rate is hovering around 15%, according to Consumer Brands Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman.

On QC@3, we spoke to Phil Lempert from Supermarket Guru.

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