First, COVID-19 came for toilet paper and I said nothing. Then it came for coins, and still I said nothing.
The latest shortage being reported in the U.S. due to COVID-19 is pepperoni. Pizza shops nationwide are reporting paying premium prices for the topping as the supply has apparently gotten smaller.
According to Bloomberg, there are two reasons for this. For starters, pork processors have had fewer workers during the pandemic. Since, and this is something I just learned, pepperoni is difficult to make, suppliers have reduced the amount being produced.
Pork processors “are basically just shipping out large pieces of meat for further processing,” Barry Friends, a partner at food service consultant Pentallect, said to Bloomberg. “They’re not doing as much because they don’t have the people to do the work.”
Also causing the rise is the demand. We’re home more due to lockdowns and whatnot, so more people are ordering pizza. And, as pepperoni is the most popular topping, TA DA. Shortage.