A couple of days back, we told you about potential turkey and chicken shortages that could cause some of us a headache or two when trying to plan out our holiday meals.

Some have argued that there really isn't a turkey shortage, but rather a lack of turkeys of certain sizes. I would argue that's pretty much the same thing, since depending on the size, you might not be able to obtain what you and your family are looking for in a Thanksgiving bird.

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Okay, So We Know About A Supposed Turkey Shortage, What Else Might Be In Short Supply?

Before answering that, maybe we should quickly get into why certain items may be unavailable or at least difficult to find. I think the explanation offered by Jim Dudlicek, a representative for the National Grocers Association, given to TasteOfHome.com, might give you an idea:

It’s because of labor shortages and supply-chain issues, from food manufacturers to grocery stores. There simply aren’t enough people to make the goods, move the goods and sell the goods. In addition, supply is affected by more people cooking and eating at home, a trend that started at the onset of the pandemic. Demand has been very, very high.

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In No Particular Order, Here Are Some Things Experts Say Might Be Hard For The Rockford Area Shopper To Find

  • Proving that size apparently does matter, turkeys of certain sizes (mainly the bigger ones) may be hard to find, and more expensive if you do.
  • Juice products, according to Bloomberg.com, including apple juice and lime juice, as well as bottled juices and juice boxes, are hard to find right now.
  • Bottled water is showing some scarcity in certain areas as shoppers in the Taste of Home Facebook thread report trouble finding bottled water at grocery stores, as well as purchase limits.
  • Even if you can get your hands on your favorite loaf, a megadrought might be "driving up the price of your bread," according to the North Coast Journal.
  • EatThis.com reports that pasta supplies may be another problem. Thanks to extreme weather, supplies of durum wheat are currently low. As a result, experts have predicted new pasta shortages, and some shoppers already appear to be seeing the impact

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