Cascading shortages

The Media Guy at Advertising Age notes the Velveeta shortage that you may have already heard about, and tosses in a startling revelation at the end:

The other day I was at my neighborhood grocery store, and — get this — they were out of Froot Loops. The truth is, I was sort of blindsided. I didn’t question a stockboy — mainly because I didn’t see any stockboys, but also because interrogating a stockboy seems kind of exhaustingly journalistic — but I suspect we might have another national crisis on our hands.

OMG, Froot Loops?

Let’s see. What would I like to be absent from the stores for the duration, and what should I write about it?

(Via Fark.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    24 January 2014 · 1:29 pm

    Oh, I could put my tinfoil hat on and say that they’re prepping us for food rationing.

    Frankly, I’d like to see a shortage of people texting and not looking as they walk down the grocery aisles. Or of people blocking the aisles with their carts while they chat with a friend.

  2. Jeffro »

    24 January 2014 · 11:10 pm

    Froot Loops taste the same anyways, so no great loss. Too sugary for my diet these days as well. Now the other day Wally World seemed to not have any Crispix, which upset me greatly. It’s hard to tell if there just wasn’t any there, or if I missed it in all the selections.

  3. McGehee »

    25 January 2014 · 7:56 am

    What are the grains used in making Froot Loops? Is corn among them by chance?

  4. fillyjonk »

    25 January 2014 · 10:20 am

    The Intarwebs tells me that corn is the second ingredient (after sugar). So maybe that has something to do with it?

    Then again, I had no problem finding “Stand N Stuff” corn taco shells the last time I wanted some.

    I’ve found the local Mart of Wal is apparently sufficiently bad at restocking that I can’t tell if something’s in short supply, or they just couldn’t be bothered to get more of it back out on the shelf. (I had to buy a higher fat-percentage milk this morning than I ordinarily would, because they were apparently sold out of the kind I normally use.)

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