This time last year there was a toilet paper shortage. Now, however, there is a different item being hit – ketchup.
It’s been deemed difficult for restaurants to keep up with ketchup’s popular demand.
The shortage is prominently due to COVID-19 as many Americans have focused on takeout. Since ketchup bottles have been removed from tables, they have been replaced by individual packets as several sit-down restaurants were forced to adapt to a more takeout style. This adaptation for restaurants has increased the demand for more packets and less bottled ketchup.
According to Wall Street Journal, ketchup packet prices have increased by 13 percent since January 2020. Plus, the condiment is considered the most-consumed table space in the U.S. as about 300,000 tons of ketchup were sold to food services in 2020.