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7 Popular Foods You May Never See Again

The meat shortage is real.

If you've been to the grocery store in the past week or so, you've probably noticed that things are changing. Certain items that used to be easy to find are selling out, as more people are cooking at home during the coronavirus pandemic. With extra time on their hands, people are making more elaborate baking projects, like from-scratch sourdough. And with restaurants closed, people are eating dinner at home more than before, making meat and vegetables trickier to find, too.

With increased demand in mind, as well as confirmed COVID-19 cases at food manufacturing facilities, these are some of the foods you might not see at your local grocery store anytime soon. (And if you do see them, it's probably wise to stock up.)


Bleached white flour

From bread loaves to chocolate chip cookies, at-home baking projects are at an all-time high. Flour is selling out more than normal at grocery stores due to increased demand. So if you're running low and see flour at your local market, it's a good time to buy it.

Stuck for recipe ideas? Try one of these 16 Delicious Ways to Use All-Purpose Flour.

Baking Powder

Baking powder in glass bowl with wooden spoon

As with flour, baking powder is selling out more than normal during the pandemic. Who doesn't want to make delicious pancakes as a quarantine breakfast? Basically, if you see baking supplies at your grocery store, now is a great time to buy them, because you might not see them again, at least not anytime soon.

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Tyson Chicken & Pork

tyson chicken

Dozens of workers at a Tennessee Tyson plant tested positive for coronavirus, as did workers at a Tyson pork processing plant in Iowa. Of course, that doesn't mean Tyson is going out of business, but it could be a factor in the impending meat shortage.

Your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!

Hormel Bacon

hormel bacon

Hormel is another food company that's closed down manufacturing facilities after workers tested positive for coronavirus. That doesn't mean you won't see bacon at your local grocery store, but it could be harder to find.

Pepperidge Farm Cookies


After five employees at a Pepperidge Farm bakery in Denver tested positive for coronavirus, they were sent home to self-quarantine, and the factory temporarily closed. While overall production wasn't directly impacted, there's another reason you might not find Milanos at your local store: increased demand. Comfort foods are selling out during the pandemic, and who can resist Pepperidge Farm treats?

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AbiMar Foods Cookies

creme cookies
Courtesy of AbiMar Foods, Inc.

Remember these sandwich creme cookies from the store? You might not see them in the near future, because the company closed a food plant in Texas last month after 48 employees tested positive for coronavirus.

Trader Joe's Simply Almond Beverage

trader joes almond beverage with smoothie in mason jar
Courtesy of Trader Joes

A TJ's employee tells that this additive-free drink and its fun packaging are being discontinued. The refrigerated beverage, which contained "nothing but water and almonds," is going away, but fret not: There are still multiple varieties of almond milk available at TJs.

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And while these foods might be disappearing from store shelves, at least for the time being, there are still plenty of other foods you can buy. Just think of this as a time to try recipes you might not have considered before!

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