Where's the Beef? And Flour? And Yeast?

Have you been wondering where all the flour, butter, and yeast went? How about meat, soup, and toilet paper?

Over the course of the past two months, we have been getting bits of information about the supply chain, and then slowly about categories. Now, we have a bigger picture of what is happening nationally. Are you ready to find out if you will ever be able to bake bread again?


  • Natural market: All natural, organic, non-GMO, free of artificial ingredients and chemicals.

  • Conventional market: "Traditional" products that may contain artificial ingredients, GMO's, and may be grown with the use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.   

Toilet paper and paper towels in both the conventional and natural markets will continue to be tight. Natural toilet paper brands have been struggling more than the conventional market due to the nature of supplies.

It is unknown when a steady supply of yeast will be available again.

Hand sanitizer is slowly starting to recover. Expect to see small quantities come in and out while brands catch up this summer. (We do currently have alcohol-based and non-alcohol sanitizers currently in stock.)

The meat industry will be in a tough spot for awhile. Best bet is to shop local. We currently have beef available from Pecan Meadow Farms. We also have a variety of elk, deer, and other regenerative meats.

Prepared foods (shelf stable and frozen), along with soup, are going to still see shortages in both the natural and conventional markets. Both markets will achieve recovery at different rates, but are facing major challenges. Many manufacturers have decided to focus efforts on top sellers.

What else is in demand and will take awhile to recover?

  • Butter

  • Frozen fruit and vegetables

  • Poultry

  • Disinfectants

  • Vitamin C and Zinc, Elderberry, and other Immune Supporting supplements

What other categories are facing challenges?

  • Peanut Butter

  • Household cleaners

  • Pasta and Pasta sauce

  • Grains and Beans

  • Soaps (conventional only)

What are major obstacles in the food chain?

  • Shortages in raw materials

  • Shortages of animals for production of animal product

  • Labor shortage

  • Port constraints for goods and materials from other countries

  • Companies are re-prioritizing manufacturing based on best sellers

What does this mean?

It means that in certain categories, we will see continued out of stocks, or intermittent stock, all the way through Autumn 2020. Some categories will recover faster that others.

What is your best bet for shopping?

Shop locally. Ask our associates what products are local, buy fresh produce to cook and freeze. Also, please feel free to ask our Buying team about products, and email, call, or Facebook message us about your favorites so we can keep you up to date.

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