CLEVELAND – Thanksgiving is still two months away, but you might want to start this turkey day grocery list ASAP.
Grocery industry experts suggest getting a head start this year because, due to issues with the supply chain, there are shortages across everything, and buyers should expect prices too. higher groceries at retailers.
The supply chain has stretched throughout the pandemic and it is starting to show, as demand outstripped supply for just about everything.
The retail industry has experienced shortages in everything from finished products to the containers in which they are shipped. Combined with a lack of manpower, this has prompted stores to bring in cutting edge holiday items earlier than usual.
Companies have planned to stock some items earlier in the hope of lessening the impact on shoppers.
New York-based supermarket chain Tops Friendly Markets placed its order for turkeys even before Americans rang in 2021, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Jim Dudlicek, director of communications for the National Grocers Association, told “Good Morning America” that while there is a lot of food in the supply chain, “some items may be more difficult for some to obtain. moments “.
“Buying early for the holidays is a smart strategy, especially in today’s conditions,” he said. “Consumers need to get these essentials on time to secure favorites for the holiday table, but watch out for their neighbors and limit their quantities to what they need.”
He also suggested that shoppers contact local and independent community grocers to ask them about specific vacation needs, availability and, if necessary, alternatives.