Take this for what it's worth. It's second hand. Probably can be verifyed quickly, but I'm too lazy to make the call and don't want to sound
Friend told me his friend, a store manager at a national grocery chain (will leave unnamed until it's confirmed), got an unusual store mgt memo to
pull a huge selection of different types of foods from the shelves, from selected canned goods, ramen noodles to baking supplies like flour, sugar,
It was a big list -- biggest he's seen in his 25 yr career -- and singled out brands without clearing out the whole catagory (in other words, there
was still sugar on the shelves, just not one type from Company X).
Normally, when asked to pull, the reason was so the store could reship back to distribution point for some reason or another (recalls, contract with
vendor severed, etc.). Instead this time managers were asked to store the stuff in weatherproofing boxes (being sent) and placed in back rooms
"until such time" as may be needed to respond to "expected unusual spikes in demand for certain key products."
There was no explanation other than that.
Another friend of mine stated something similar happening at his uncle's store in N.C. Similar memo stating similar situation. My friend joked and
said his uncle had to do this back in 1982 when worries of nuke confrontation with USSR was peaked (I think tied in to "The Day After") In essence,
they're doing this to respond to food shortages due to run on gocers.
Lastly -- and I'm not sure its related AT ALL, just a coincidence. Another friend works for Trader Joes. They're to have a company-wide mandatory
phone conference meeting in the store this Wednesday. Big deal apparently where HQ is going to make some sort of announcement to all stores in the
field at th same time. Maybe not related to this -- cutbacks and store closing is what he's worried about -- but seems coincidental.
Don't mean to stoke fear, just relating the news (well, rumor in this case) as I hear it. I've personally not seen any shortages yet.