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'People Are Hoarding': Executives Issue Warning on Possible Food Shortages Some executives are issuing warnings that there might be food shortages nationwide due to supply chain bottlenecks.

By The Epoch Times

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Some executives are issuing warnings that there might be food shortages nationwide due to supply chain bottlenecks, coming as a number of school districts have reported they haven't received shipments of key items like milk or chicken nuggets.

In the past several weeks, school officials in Denver to Chicago to parts of Alabama have reported that schools are running out of lunches or breakfasts, calling on parents to pack lunches for their children. Some lunch staff have been forced to buy their own cooking and cleaning supplies.

"I never imagined that we'd be here in October 2021 talking about supply-chain problems, but it's a reality," Vivek Sankaran, chief executive officer of Albertsons, told Bloomberg News this week. "Any given day, you're going to have something missing in our stores, and it's across categories."

And Saffron Road, a producer of frozen and shelf-stable meals, is holding more inventory and will keep for months of supply on hand instead of one or two months.

"People are hoarding," Saffron Road CEO and founder Adnan Durrani told Bloomberg. "What I think you'll see over the next six months, all prices will go higher."

Land O'Lakes, one of the biggest farm cooperatives in the United States, said its milk production is normal. However, the huge backlog of ships that are attempting to dock at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have led to supply chain issues nationwide, a spokesperson said.

"The challenges in the supply chain continue to be issues such as driver shortages, labor and congestion at the ports," Land O'Lakes chief supply officer Yone Dewberry told Bloomberg.

The comments come amid viral videos posted online in recent days showing empty shelves in areas around the country.

Last week, the White House announced it would attempt to alleviate some of the strain on the two ports by having them work 24-hour shifts, seven days per week. However, data provided by Marine Exchange shows there are still more than 160 ships waiting to enter the port as of Wednesday.

Walmart, Target, UPS, and FedEx, among others would also expand their overnight operations at the ports to deal with delivery backlogs, the White House also said.

Meanwhile, according to the latest update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, dated Oct. 15, "There are currently no nationwide shortages of food, although in some cases the inventory of certain foods at your grocery store might be temporarily low before stores can restock."

"Food production and manufacturing are widely dispersed throughout the U.S. and there are currently no wide-spread disruptions reported in the supply chain," said the agency on its website.

By Jack Phillips

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.

The Epoch Times, founded in 2000, is headquartered in Manhattan, New York, with a mission to provide independent and accurate information free of political bias or corporate influence. The organization was established in response to censorship within China and a lack of global awareness regarding the Chinese regime's repression of the spiritual practice Falun Gong.

The Epoch Times is a widely read newspaper that is distributed in 33 countries and is available in 21 languages. The publication has been critical in providing balanced and detailed reporting on major global events such as the 2003 SARS pandemic and the 2008 financial crisis. Notably, the organization has played a key role in exposing corruption inside China.

Aside from its human rights coverage, The Epoch Times has made significant contributions in a variety of fields. It has received praise for its in-depth analysis and expert perspectives on business, the economy and U.S. politics. The newspaper has also received praise for its broad coverage of these topics.

A series of editorials titled "Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party" appeared in The Epoch Times in 2004. It asserts that freedom and prosperity in China can only be achieved by eliminating the Communist Party, which violated China's cultural and spiritual values. In addition, the organization led the Tuidang movement, which resulted in over 400 million Chinese citizens quitting the Communist Party. In spite of this, 90% of websites referring to the "Nine Commentaries" were blocked by the Chinese regime.

The Epoch Times has been at the forefront of investigating high-level corruption cases within the Chinese regime, with its reporters taking significant risks to uncover these stories. The organization has received several awards for its investigative journalism.

The organization has received several awards for its investigative journalism. For more, visit www.theepochtimes.com.

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