Call it a staffing shortage, supply chain problem, or leftover headache from this COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn't matter, but the empty shelves at grocery stores all across the nation are becoming a huge pain in our rears, and experts say it's only going to get worse.

Big Problems For Grocers Are Coming

For months now I've been struggling to find apple juice boxes and certain snacks my girls love at grocery stores, and just the other day I noticed the entire cracker aisle at a local grocery store was completely wiped out, and I was like, "when the heck is this problem going to end?" The answer? Not anytime soon.

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CNN Business reports;

Many of the country's biggest food makers are telling grocers that they will have limited quantities of a number of their products, including items such as Rice Krispies Treats, Sour Patch Kids, some Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors, McCormick gourmet spices and Marie Callender's pot pies because of labor, commodity and transportation constraints throttling supply chains.

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I don't want to cause a panic here, but I noticed McCormick gourmet spices are on that list and am now worried that our favorite holiday recipes will be at risk now too. Plus, that list is just a few examples of the items we will soon see limited supplies of in grocery stores.

A Plea to Illinois Shoppers

In 2020 we all survived the toilet paper and disinfectant wipe shortage, but we all know the supply chain wasn't the leading factor that caused that, hoarders were. Here comes the part where I beg everyone to NOT be a selfish grocery shopper this holiday season. Most of us had to celebrate the holidays without all our loved ones last year, and I don't think we can handle celebrating without pumpkin pie and other traditional holiday treats this year. It's just too much.

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