Whole Foods Market shoppers haven’t had a lot to be happy about these days, according to recent reports. Popular for its array of organic produce and healthy grains, beans and lentils, the chain seems to be falling off in terms of its stock and shoppers have been reporting that the shelves at some locations have been understocked and virtually bare.
And it is happening at locations across the country.
Not only are the specialty items hard to find. Shoppers are also complaining that staples like bread and produce are falling prey to the stocking issue as well.
This isn’t the first time shoppers complained of empty shelves at Whole Foods. In early 2018, the same stocking issue surfaced. Many blamed organizational issues related to Amazon’s acquisition of the chain.
The Today show reached out to the company by email and got the following response regarding the shortages:
“We are working through an issue related to sourcing of select packaged 365 Everyday Value beans, grains and rice due to the supplier of those items closing unexpectedly. Given that these items come from crops that are typically planted and harvested a year before they’re sold in our stores, it will take time for us to find a new, long-term supplier and restock these 365 Everyday Value products.
“We expect this process to take several months as we’re committed to finding the right partner, one that adheres to our rigorous quality standards, can support the volume of production needed for these popular items, and shares our commitment to building long-lasting, win-win partnership.”
This is a rapidly unfolding story. We will keep you informed.
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