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[–] littlestown 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

The numbers of restaurants that have shut down is a huge part of this. How many eggs do you think 1 Denny's goes through in a day?

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[–] peacegnome 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

it is the distribution. A good example is meat packing plants. You lose staff, or have "covid events" and the factory closes. Then you have farmers not delivering pigs. At least with animals they can be fed another month; you can't do that with plants.

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[–] littlestown 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I have an idea. I have to get some materials this week and a block away is a Huge dairy and meat processing/distribution facility I'll drive by and see if they are working or not. Normally it's trains in one side and trucks out the other with people everywhere.

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[–] TheRealAmalek [S] 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Send them to stores. I can't buy fucking eggs around here due to them being sold out

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[–] ScottMAGA 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The problem is more complex (and absurd) than that.

Restaurants buy their eggs in big containers. Stores sell eggs in smaller containers (usually a dozen). People who used to go to restaurants are now buying from stores. The problem is that there aren't enough egg cartons, and stores won't carry the restaurant-sized packages. The same for milk jugs, etc...

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[–] HbMcNutt 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Govt regulations caused the shortage

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[–] littlestown 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

What part of the country? Big city? I am in the Colorado Mtns and have not seen a problem.

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[–] Merlynn 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Indeed. The losses to restaurants should be going to grocery stores and farmer's markets. The places might be changed,but people still need food.

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[–] philmchawk 1 point 4 points (+5|-1) ago  (edited ago)

So lower the price to get them sold, but they won't do that because they might have to keep the price low for a little while. The market often says it is better to destroy product than sell it for cheaper.

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[–] littlestown 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

What people learn might be to keep things localized like it was before. Keep the supply lines short and strong.

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[–] Cat-hax ago 

The market always says that , you have no idea how much perfectly good food/hardlines I would toss because they didn't want to sell for cheap. Back when I worked retail.

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[–] 23378651? ago 

What part of there is no place to sell them to that you don't understand.

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[–] Brawndosaurus ago 

are you dense? The restaurant customers are now supermarket customers. Same amount of food required. They're creating shortages intentionally.

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[–] littlestown ago 

The last couple of generations of Americans never learned to cook. If you can't cook, eggs are of limited use.

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[–] cbramwel 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

If they can't transport crops to market or are required by a wholesaler's contract to not sell to other buyers, they will destroy the crop. Not pleasant or sanitary to have spoiled milk, etc., around.

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[–] TheRealAmalek [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

If wholesalers are not buying there is no contact

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[–] cbramwel ago 

If there is nobody in the meatpacking plant to process chickens, you have nobody to sell to and chickens have to be fed.

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[–] Cat-hax ago 

I'm hearing that there is now a shortage of truck drivers

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[–] Belrick 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Learn history. During the depression Americans were starving in the cities while crops rotted in the farmlands.

On a fucking side note as a small time supplier of a food product I can no longer produce more. My label suppliers are shutdown and it's illegal for me to sell without proper labels.

Once my stock is gone it's gone despite a ton of raw product waiting to be packaged.

Oh and demand is through the roof AND I'm having courier issues for my direct to customer sales.

Grrr

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[–] Plavonica 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Gotta love bureaucracy.

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[–] Nosferatjew 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Shits all fucked up bro.

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[–] FoundingUncle 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

Socialist anti price gouging laws make it unprofitable to repackage cheese from 50 lb bags to 8 oz bags so it is destroyed.

Fuck socialism. I want some cheese.

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[–] Nosferatjew 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

My local grocery stores have been selling out of eggs immediately after they are put on the shelves, every day, leaving no eggs for the people who shop later than 8am.. Maybe these egg producers could, I dunno, maybe, sell the eggs to the damn grocery stores instead of destroy them because they can't sell them to all the closed restaurants?

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[–] sunshine702 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

My store and milk.- 2 per person. Panic buying.

This whole thing has me really interested in the supply chain. This shit is fascinating to me from a sociology perspective.

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[–] Nosferatjew 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I recently tried to buy eggs from 3 different stores. 2 of them had signs saying "Limit one carton per customer" and were completely wiped out, but the 3rd store didn't have that restriction, and had plenty of eggs. It made me wonder, does posting a sign like that, stating that customers are limited to one egg carton each, motivate people to panic buy eggs when they otherwise wouldn't buy them? Does it trick people into thinking that there is a shortage when perhaps there isn't?

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[–] 4841400209 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Since much was sold to restaurants, it would be nice if restaurants would continue to receive food, then sell to the public. That way restaurants could keep wait staff, people could buy things they are having a difficult time buying in the stores, and farmers wouldn't have to waste food. I'm on the outskirts of a large city and only two restaurants are doing this.

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[–] HST ago 

This is what Panera bread is doing

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[–] 4841400209 ago 

Just called and one nearest me only sells apples and blueberries. But that's awesome. Been ordering apples from local grocer every week for 6 weeks and they are always unavailable.

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[–] 4841400209 ago 

Thanks! I'll check to see if one near me is doing this.

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[–] BirthTheGirth ago 

If you actually read the article on the 56k gallons of milk dumped in Wisconsin you would realize why.

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[–] tourgen ago 

Government fucking with the economy directly - this is what you get. Perverse waste and seemingly nonsensical decisions. But it's actually just economics working. It costs more to store/give away/transport than to simply dump out and wait for the commodity market prices to rise.

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