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A Shortage of These Popular Cookies Is Happening Across Grocery Stores

Pepperidge Farm is having a hard time keeping some of their classic varieties in stock.

If you traditionally leave Santa a plate of beloved Pepperidge Farm cookies, you may be out of luck this year.  The brand will likely experience shortages this holiday season, according to parent company Campbell's. What unfortunate timing!

Campbell's has ramped up production of several key in-demand products this year, including its eponymous soups and some snacks, Bloomberg News reported. For example, Goldfish have experienced an unprecedented increase in demand during the pandemic, prompting the company to invest $40 million in expanding production of the popular kid-pleasing crackers. (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)

The same fix can't be applied to the company's cookies, even though they're also highly sought-after snacks. Campell's won't use third-party producers to produce them, because it doesn't want to let its proprietary recipes out.

"This portfolio is unique with proprietary recipes, and therefore we do not outsource production," Campbell's CEO Mark Clouse said in a statement to Bloomberg. "We've prioritized increasing supply and are already leveraging capacity opportunities across the network to meet increases in demand and maximize availability."

The flavors that may currently be in short supply in grocery stores across the U.S. are Milano, Linzer, Chessmen, and Bordeaux, according to Bloomberg. If you'd hoped to include these cookies on your upcoming holiday spreads, consider baking the world's greatest sugar cookie recipe instead. Is it actually the holidays if you don't decorate some freshly-baked cookies?

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Mura Dominko
Mura is a Deputy Editor leading ETNT's coverage of America's favorite fast foods and restaurant chains. Read more
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