Among the items shoppers can’t get enough of are milk, bagged salads, ramen noodles, cold medicine, and cat litter.
Utah is seeing the COVID-19 pandemic begin to repeat itself — with Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert testing positive for the second time, the Sundance Film Festival switching to an online format, and store shelves once again empty of merchandise.
According to the responses to Twitter claim from The Salt Lake Tribune this weekNot just the toilet paper and disinfecting wipes that Utahns can’t find on grocery store shelves, but a plethora of items.
Some experts have cited global supply chain issues, caused or exacerbated by the pandemic. Stores across the country experienced similar supply problems when the Delta variant was running wild. And a labor shortage, exacerbated by the pandemic, may make these items even more difficult to produce and put on shelves.
Here, by category, are some of the rarest items in Utah, according to people who responded to The Tribune’s request for comment:
Produce • carrots, broccoli, lettuce, cilantro and other vegetables; Bananas and other fruits (although “nobody wants grapes and blueberries,” one respondent said), and bagged salad kits.
paper clip • Milk, canned beans, ramen noodles, Pillsbury biscuits and crescent moon rolls, muffins, chicken, sausages and large containers of Greek yogurt.
other food • Pasta sauce, potato chips, pancake roast, condiments – One participant mentioned several spices and ingredients believed to have antibacterial properties: nutmeg, cloves, ginger, garlic, honey, and apple cider vinegar.
drinks • Orange juice, ginger beer, Gatorade and Fresca were mentioned – and one said “alcohol,” although it was unclear whether they meant beer or rubbing alcohol.
Other household items • Litter bags, cat food and cat litter.
Medicine • Cold medicine, Pepto-Bismol chewable — and one of the toughest goods anywhere: home COVID-19 tests.
Even when groceries are available, inflation has dampened consumer sentiment in Utah, according to a new study published by the Kim C. Gardner Institute. However, Gardner’s study found that the level of consumer confidence in Utah consistently outperformed the national average.