Tag Archives: Shortages

New Research Says Chocolate Could Be Extinct by 2050

Source: Grub Street NY

Here’s some climate-change news that President Trump will have trouble ignoring: Earth’s junk food is in danger of losing a crucial ingredient. Scientists now predict that chocolate — which POTUS will sometimes eat to celebrate making important military decisions — could become impossible to grow in the coming …

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McDonald’s Seems Shocked That People Actually Want to Eat Its Chicken Tenders

Source: Grub Street NY

Mickey D’s says customers can no longer order its new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders due to demand that “far surpassed our expectations.” Apparently, the month-old item is getting an unexpectedly positive reception, and that’s put the chain in an unfamiliar bind: a serious run on a normal, everyday, non–Szechuan …

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Avocado Prices Climb to an Even Crazier All-time High

Source: Grub Street NY

Yeah, you’re tired of hearing it, but avocado prices have gone up yet again. A heat wave in California devastated that state’s supplies, and this in turn overlapped with farmers’ strikes and a drought down in Mexico. Between these two regions, you’re looking at nearly 90 percent of …

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America Is Running Out of Chicken Wings

Source: Grub Street NY

If you weren’t already annoyed by the big Floyd Mayweather–Conor McGregor fight this weekend, this should probably do the trick: It’s at least in part contributing to a looming chicken-wing shortage. According to The Wall Street Journal, whole-wing prices have climbed by more than a third in the …

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India’s Political Unrest Has Caused a Darjeeling Tea Shortage

Source: Grub Street NY

Fans of Darjeeling might want to find a backup variety for their afternoon tea, because the so-called “Champagne of teas” is suddenly in very short supply. The Telegraph reports that the Indian government calls it “the worse season ever” for the country’s prized tea, thanks to political unrest

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India’s Political Unrest Has Caused a Darjeeling Tea Shortage

Source: Grub Street NY

Fans of Darjeeling might want to find a backup variety for their afternoon tea, because the so-called “Champagne of teas” is suddenly in very short supply. The Telegraph reports that the Indian government calls it “the worse season ever” for the country’s prized tea, thanks to political unrest

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Freak Weather Has Decimated the South’s Peach Supplies

Source: Grub Street NY

Bad news if you’ve been waiting all winter to sink your teeth into a juicy Georgia peach: It’s probably not going to be a great summer for cobblers. As usual these days, weird weather is to blame — unseasonably warm temperatures all winter, plus a fluke three-day freeze …

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Now, California’s Almonds Are Getting Destroyed by Too Much Rain

Source: Grub Street NY

California’s poor produce cannot catch a break. Just months ago, severe drought had wine grapes withering on the vine, and Americans were worried they’d eaten their last avocado. But now? Record rainfall is killing the state’s almonds and salad greens, two foods …

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Get Ready for a Maple-Syrup Shortage

Source: Grub Street NY

February’s heat wave has tricked America’s crops into thinking it’s spring — there are confused blueberries growing in Michigan, and peaches surfacing in Kentucky. But not all crops cope so well with weird weather, and one of those at risk, thanks to the crazy temperatures, is

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The British Are Panicking Because Supermarkets Have Started Rationing Vegetables

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s a bad week to get a salad craving in England. Grocery stores over there have had to start rationing lettuce, broccoli, zucchini and eggplants (“courgettes” and “aubergines,” in British-ese), and other vegetables because of bad weather in southern Europe, where most of those items are grown. According …

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Devastating Whipped-Cream Shortage Arrives Just in Time for the Holidays

Source: Grub Street NY

The worst year on record, 2016, has left everybody a good-bye gift: a canned-whipped-cream shortage, cruelly timed to the holiday season. Basically, the nation has been blindly burning through its reserves thanks to a little-known nitrous-oxide shortage, the Chicago Tribune reports. Nitrous is used to aerosolize …

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American Tourists Are Eating All of Cuba’s Already Scarce Food

Source: Grub Street NY

While the idea of flying into Havana and bingeing on rum, cubanos, and ropa vieja sounds pretty satisfying, a long dive by the New York Times into the new situation down there points out there are actually consequences when so many tourists, many of them Americans, arrive …

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Brace Yourself for an Orange-Juice Shortage

Source: Grub Street NY

There could soon be a full-on crisis for orange-juice lovers. Florida’s star fruit is facing the worst harvest since anybody bothered keeping records (which was in the year 1913), and wholesale prices are spiking as a result. Many of the trees not already ravaged by disease got destroyed …

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Brace Yourself for an Orange-Juice Shortage

Source: Grub Street NY

There could soon be a full-on crisis for orange-juice lovers. Florida’s star fruit is facing the worst harvest since anybody bothered keeping records (which was in the year 1913), and wholesale prices are spiking as a result. Many of the trees not already ravaged by disease got destroyed …

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Marmite Shortage Puts Britain on the Brink of Total Collapse

Source: Grub Street NY

Things in England are bad: Brexit is looming, the pound is reeling, and now the country’s largest grocer, Tesco, is taking a stand against Marmite, the beloved spreadable yeast extract that has been one of the country’s staple foods for decades.

The calamities are all related. The conflict stems from …

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How Tech Companies Disrupted Silicon Valley’s Restaurant Scene

Source: NY Times Food

Restaurants in Palo Alto are increasingly struggling as rents soar and workers are hired away by the corporate cafeterias of behemoths like Google.

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Get Ready for a Caribbean Coconut Shortage

Source: Grub Street NY

Congratulations, people — your five–Vita Cocos–a–day habit has depleted the Caribbean’s coconut supplies. In a new Bloomberg report today, the region’s experts quit mincing words and just flat-out warn Americans, “The region is running out of coconuts.” Production has dropped by as much as 60 percent since the …

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Northeast Braces for Devastating Peach Shortage

Source: Grub Street NY

New England’s freak-show weather earlier this year — 40 degrees below zero on Valentine’s Day, 70 degrees above it a few weeks later — is having precisely the toll forecasters feared on the region’s fruit supplies. Peaches are the main casualty, and in a…More »

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America’s Pesticides Are Threatening Organic Honey

Source: Grub Street NY

As if honeybees weren’t handicapped enough already, it looks like America’s overuse of pesticides now taints so much pollen that honey can’t be called organic anymore. Farmers’ carpet-bomb approach to using pesticides and weedkillers has become ubiquitous, and some beekeepers in the U.S. have actually started advising consumers who seek…More »

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Looming Vanilla Shortage Arrives Just in Time to Ruin Ice-Cream Season

Source: Grub Street NY

That’s cold.

Get ready to scream: An especially bad harvest has caused the price of vanilla beans to climb nearly 150 percent this year in Madagascar, the world’s largest producer of the sought-after ingredient, and the food industry warns the leap may take its toll on the frozen-foods aisle.

The shortage didn’t exactly come out of nowhere. Harvesting vanilla is a drawn-out process as pods must cure for months, and prices have been elevated for some time, but as The Guardian explains, the problem’s worsening as existing supplies start to run out. The prices of beans are at near-record ...

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