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The supply chain just hasn’t been the same since the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic began. From labor issues to inflation to closures, lots of factors have come into play that have led to food shortages and empty shelves of other essentials. And prices are going up, too.

Food shortages and other shortages seem to keep popping up, and the best way to deal with them is to know about them so you can plan your next move.

Whether it’s food, medication, or other essentials — we have everything you need to know about the latest 2022 shortages.

Bookmark this page to check out the latest information on shortages. And while you’re at it, follow our class action settlements and recall page to see if you’re owed money or if a product you have is in a recall.


Is there a food shortage? What food shortages are happening?

An empty dairy case at a grocery store, showing a milk shortage.

Generally speaking, no. But there are plenty of product and food shortages rolling out from time to time. Here’s a list of those shortages, with the most recent entries at the top of the list:


Butter Shortage

Thanks to a butter shortage, your local grocery store might be low on butter. This is partly the case of one shortage leading to another. Low milk supplies in the Midwest are a huge factor in shrinking amounts of butter. Another reason is the high feed, energy, cows, and labor costs. With scarce supplies and labor shortages, butter prices are quickly rising, shooting up 24.6% in August from prior months.


Beer & Soda Shortage

The Jackson Dome, one of the biggest CO2 sources in the world, has sulfur contamination. Staffing shortages and poor planning for scheduled maintenance of production plants has also contributed to low supplies of CO2, which have led to a beer and soda shortage.


Hershey’s Halloween Candy Shortage

large bag of halloween candy in a cart including kit kat, reeses, hersheys and milk duds

Hershey’s has barely kept up with “normal” demand due to supply chain issues that were made worse by the war in Ukraine, and they announced they won’t be able to meet the increased Halloween (and Christmas) demand. These brands are affected by the Halloween candy shortage.


Food Shortages: Sabra Hummus Shortage 2022


Extreme weather and the war in Ukraine have severely reduced chickpea production. And that means that there’s a Sabra hummus shortage, and a shortage of all chickpea-based products.


Mustard Shortage

Extreme weather and the war in Ukraine have severely reduced brown mustard seed production, leading to a dijon mustard shortage.


Food Shortages: Sriracha Shortage

Single bottle of Sriracha hot sauce remains on the shelf at Walmart

Extreme winter and spring weather in Mexico has led to a severe shortage of the chilis used to produce Sriracha, and now there’s a nationwide Sriracha shortage until at least fall 2022 (according to Huy Fong Foods).


Milk Shortage

hand touching a Milk shortage sign on fridge door

The shutdowns of some Midwestern dairy plants have squeezed supplies, driven up prices, and created a milk shortage in Illinois and Wisconsin.


Tampon Shortage

A single box of Tampax tampons sitting on an otherwise empty shelf in the Feminine Products aisle at Target.

Tampon makers are having a hard time finding the raw materials they need to make tampons, since lots of those materials are used to make face masks. The war in Ukraine has also slowed down exports of cotton. There are lots more reasons we can tell you about why there’s a tampon shortage.


Baby Formula Shortage

There’s a baby formula shortage, as product recalls, plant closures, and other factors have reduced America’s baby formula supplies 40 – 50%.



The Ongoing List of 2022 Product & Food Shortages