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Whole Foods shoppers report food shortages and empty shelves at some stores

This Wednesday, Whole Foods said that its supplier of private-label beans, grains, lentils, and rice unexpectedly closed, leading to shortages of those items nationwide. The company also admitted it recently faced some weather-related issues that temporarily impacted its supply of lettuce from California.

The shortages are irritating some customers. “I cut down on how much I shop there because it’s a really frustrating experience,” one shopper said. Whole Foods said it’s working to find a new supplier for those products. The process of finding a new supplier could take months, the company said.

Photos shared with Business Insider and on social media over the past several weeks show barren or sparsely stocked displays of food in some Whole Foods departments, including produce, dairy, bulk foods, and packaged foods like lentils and rice.

In response to Business Insider’s outreach on these reports, Whole Foods said Wednesday that its supplier of private-label beans, grains, lentils, and rice unexpectedly closed, leading to shortages of those items nationwide. The Amazon-owned company also said it recently faced some weather-related issues that temporarily impacted the availability of lettuce from California.

This could explain many of the recent complaints coming from Whole Foods customers.


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