Stocking up to stay in? Some grocery items may look different

As COVID numbers rise, we know you are stocking up to stay in. An official says to keep an eye out as some groceries may look unfamiliar.
Grocery

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –As COVID numbers rise, we know you are stocking up to stay in. An official says to keep an eye out as some groceries may look unfamiliar.
Pasta, canned goods, even toilet paper, all these products are in high demand as COVID numbers rise, will be on the shelves. You may not recognize them.

Ansley Fellers, with Nebraska Grocery Industry Association, says shopping will be different this year, saying there will be less of shortages but changes to the groceries you buy every day. She says items will look different as demand pushed for suppliers to change some product packaging and quantity in the pandemic.

“Some of the issues that folks were running into were containers,” said Fellers. “Something was in a jar and it had a certain lid and that lid was stuck at a port for instance, and you know companies had to rethink how they were packaging products.”
For toilet paper, you may see larger quantities instead of a variety of sizes.
“We’re kind of used to seeing products, paper products, in really varying sizes,” said Fellers. “So you know you can buy one roll of paper towels or you can buy a few rolls of toilet paper. When you go in, you might end up seeing stuff in larger quantities and just a little fewer varieties, but really, I don’t think the anticipation or folks will be disappointed or that there will be shortages.”

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and she says turkey supply will not run out but smaller birds will be more in demand, unlike toilet paper, which will more likely come in bulk.
“I just think with smaller gatherings, there will be smaller quantities and portions in demand which is different,” said Fellers. “That’s interestingly what we think will go first.”

And Fellers says most importantly, to follow safety guidelines and limits for you and others shopping during the holidays and this pandemic.
“We always encourage people not to panic, not to buy more a lot more than you need,” said Fellers. “It’s always nice to stock up, don’t get me wrong, but don’t horde necessarily. That’s when we run into tricky situations.”

Categories: Consumer News, Money, Nebraska News, News