I've really enjoyed this thread.... one of the best on ATS yet.
I've done the stocking up on canned goods, dry goods, medicines, etc. I also have a large garden, have been canning for years. However, I've
learned lots on this thread!
I've had nothing of interest to add to the conversation until now:
Originally posted by zorgon
Yup and the shelves at Food 4 Less on Friday were noticeably not full with 10 pound bag of spuds $4.65 :wow;
I work in the retail grocery industry.... fresh produce to be exact. There were a few posts regarding shortage issues so I'd like to address that as
well is your "find" on spuds.
Regarding the potatoes. What you were seeing last month was a conversion from "last years" potatoes to "new" potatoes. We usually see a bit of a
shortage (or "outs" as we call them) where the wholesalers are low on product and will simply not ship. What I saw this season was not only
excessive "outs" but a HUGE fluctuation in price. One week, my 10# Red Wisconsin Potatoes were 4.99. The next week they jumped to $6.99. The week
after, they were a whopping [bold]$8.99[/bold]
What I'm also seeing is a lot of quality issues. Rusty head lettuce, wet rotting carrots, soft fruit rotting from the inside, splitting bananas,
and rotting onions. This is not a supplier issue since I don't use just one supplier. This is industry wide in my region.
Back to pricing, the prices are fluctuating astronomically. One might think that this is simply the change of seasons, but I don't think so. The
same product, grown in the same place, shipped from the same place will be double the price this week from last week.
All of this leads me to believe that we are looking at a precurser to a produce shortage. I believe we not only have a shortage in product but a
shortage of transportation.
I'm not an expert by any means, so if I'm wrong, don't shoot the messenger.
Forget "lead," if I could figure out how to can bananas, I sure would and barter those. They soon will be worth their weight in gold. Trust me on
Edit to add: A few more things that we were "outed" on by our suppliers over the summer were Fruit Fresh, Lemon Juice, and canning lids. Lemon
Juice finally came in last week!
We have ordered Powdered milk continuously for the past few months and "outed" as well.
Won't say who the supplier is, just that it is in the top 3.
[edit on 10/21/2008 by sosuemetoo]