Skip to comments.Food Storage Shortage Risk Emerging (Prepper Ping!)
Posted on 12/16/2010 3:08:07 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
Next, I called Mountain House. They report this current level of demand is 'unprecedented' in their history. On top of that, they feel they usually can anticipate spikes like this given macro events, but this time the arrival and intensity of the demand caught them by surprise. They've already stopped selling #10 cans on their own site, and are limiting inventory to their top dealers (like The Ready Store and Nitro-Pak).
They're working overtime to meet demand as best they can, but I sensed they are concerned about their ability to do so if this spike doesn't abate soon. I asked both Mountain House and The Ready Store if the new demand was coming from a particular sector or new buyer (e.g. a military contract). Their answer was no; both observe that it's caused by a groundswell among general consumers who are increasingly concerned about the economy and future stability. Nitro-Pak's website statement appears to corroborate this.
So what does this mean? First off, what this is *not* is an all-out shortage. No one is thinks it's time to panic here. Perhaps this demand spike will dissipate soon. Unexpected surges in orders have happened before (though not of this magnitude), and things eventually returned to normal. Orders are still being filled, just more slowly than before.
But the combined suddenness, intensity, and unforeseen nature of the demand is unique and worth noting by the prudent individual. And if it persists - or increases - current prices and availability may be at risk. Hence this alert: if you've been planning to start or add to your food stores with pre-packaged offerings, you should consider accelerating your timeline.
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That’s why its important to know how to do your own canning and drying.
Root crops that can stay in the ground over the winter are an often overlooked option.
I’m not discounting that this is happening, but this looks very similar to what happened in the gun and ammo industry right after the 2008 election. Prices skyrocketed and widespread shortages ensued, now things are completely back to normal.
There is an important distinction to be made however. With guns and ammo, people were stocking up because they were genuinely afraid they would not be able to purchase them because of forthcoming regulations.
This is just food.
They’re not back to normal — the price of primers spiked and has stayed high. For awhile you couldn’t get them at any price, but the price has stuck at around $35 a thousand when you could get them at a gun show before for around $20.
Glad I stocked over the past two years.
Glenn Beck and his echos?
I think that’s part of it.
But I think some of it people are preparing for the coming inflation also. My friends are starting to see the future in their grocery bills. Others are asking me if I would invite them over for canning sessions.
This past summer we saw many new veg gardens in our area.
I’ve always been a fan of ‘victory gardens’. My main garden is now refered to as the ‘John Galt’ garden.
This is just food...
that Obama and his admin are now regulating, including personal gardens...
“With guns and ammo, people were stocking up because they were genuinely afraid they would not be able to purchase them because of forthcoming regulations.
This is just food.”
A lot of folks believe there will come a time when we can’t buy food either:
16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
I do not see that 1 or 2 specialty freeze dried food producers indicate a food shortage, yet. Our grocery stores are in great shape on the shelf and I see scattered price increases, but no great earth shaking issue now.
IF S.510 which is tied into the latest legislation monstrosity that the “Lame-brained Lame Ducks” are forcing become law, than all bets are off. FDA takeover of food and some commie bureaucraps controling that will give us real hungry people. Hungry people do desperate things. Washington should think hard about what they ask for.
The results might be much worse than pitchforks and torches, or for that matter tar & feathers. Real hunger is a game changer, something that unnecessary can only happen with Statist actions.
P.S. I'm not interested in debating the meaning of "wealthy." My point is that monied persons, who are presumably better educated, probably see danger on the horizon. It's not just us poor crazies anymore.
Im not a fan of dehydrated survival food.
I stocked up at the grocery and club stores, enough for a good 6 months. We now only replace what we use. Its amazing the cost of these replacement items, compared to what was spent last year stocking up. We saved a ton of money by stocking up, and are set for a good 6 months if SHTF.
Wait 1-3 days if the SHTF.
We have a friend who owns a grocery store, he says the stores only have 2 weeks worth of merchandise they depend on truck deliveries in order to restock, once the two weeks worth is gone its gone.
When we have a snow storm warning the shelves in the grcery stores here empty out quickly the only reason you think your stores are in great shape is because they are receiving truck deliveries regularly.
Back in ‘99 there was the Y2K boogeyman that no one was completely certain would or would not affect us. I didn’t know and when I saw .gov hedging their bets with food and supplies stored away in secure bunkers I figured I might as well lay in some extra stuff too.
Well, as we all know, Y2K was a fizzle that a few people used to try to tell me that I had been silly. I didn’t think so. Over the intervening years I’ve used some of that stuff and replaced much of it. Since it doesn’t take a fortune-teller to see that this country is probably in for some pretty rough times I’ve kicked myself in the rear and expanded my stores.
I’m too old to try to run away if things do go bad so I’ll just have to sit here, try to look like I’m as poor as everyone else and be prepared to shoot anyone who tries to steal my stuff. That’s not a very good choice and I’d like to be able to just invite the ‘golden horde’ in for coffee and cake but even a cursory study of similar situations in other times and places leads me to believe I’d better be ready to protect myself and my family.
Correct. And most of the restocking effort is unnoticed because it happens at night when the store is closed.