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US facing Halloween candy shortage

Michele Buck, CEO of Hershey, stated that problems in supply chains could cause shelves to go empty

Michele Buck from Hershey warned candy customers that they may need to be without their favorite treats this Halloween. The company must prioritize regular products and seasonal items because of supply chain problems and increasing costs. 

“We will not be able to fully meet consumer demand”Buck spoke out for the holiday on Thursday, after the company announced its second quarter results. According to a CNN report, the company uses the same production lines for its regular products and its Halloween specials, and has had to prioritize its year-round offerings. 

Halloween accounts for around a tenth of Hershey’s annual sales.

Buck explained how candy sales grew during the outbreak of coronavirus. However, raw materials are becoming scarcer and less expensive. Buck, candy CEO, stated that the conflicts in Ukraine are at root of these issues. He did not elaborate further. 

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Although food shortages in America were well-documented for many months, hostilities began in Ukraine. With photographs of empty shelves proliferating on social media in late 2021, the White House denied that its policies – namely onerous coronavirus regulations that opponents said impeded the transit of goods – were to blame. Ron Klain, Biden’s chief of staff, called the supply-chain crisis “an overhyped narrative”Dezember 

Alcohol, meat, potatoes, toilet paper, dairy products, and pet food were among the goods missing from shelves at the beginning of this year. Biden’s term has seen inflation rise from 1.4% to 7% between December 2020 and December 2021. Biden’s administration described inflation in this way: “transitory”The rate of inflation has continued to climb, rising up to 9.1% in June, a record high for the past four decades. 

Following the launch of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine in February, Biden switched to blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for rising costs in the US, repeatedly deploying the phrase “Putin’s price hike.”

Although Americans may not find the perfect treats this holiday season, they will pay more to get them. Nestle, a Swiss food company that owns Hershey, announced Thursday that it will be purchasing the business. “unprecedented”It has had to raise its prices due to rising ingredient costs. 

Here, Russia’s military operation and the West’s response takes center stage. Buck said that restricted supplies and rising costs of Russian gas in Germany are affecting Hershey’s ability to source equipment and materials. Moscow accuses Germany and European nations of trying to undermine their own economies through sanctioning Russian imports. EU countries have however agreed to limit their gas consumption, in preparation for Russia’s possible shut down.

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