With shipping issues all around the world, even random stuff like feta cheese is going to take a hit. Of course, there were safety issues, port closures, and the like, but the reason cheese made from goat’s milk suddenly became so rare is none other than the arbiter of all of humanity’s ills: TikTok.
One popular video featured a pasta dish with feta cheese, and a lot of people tried to copy it – too many people for the available supply. A lot of stores, even those that pride themselves on their selection, found that people were asking for dairy products they just didn’t have.
Gold and Silver
There are a lot of complicated financial reasons why the prices of precious metals such as gold and silver have gone up. For gold, it's gotten as high as almost two thousand dollars an ounce. When inflation rises, so does the price of gold and silver. In 2020 alone, the sales of gold bullion coins rose more than 250%, which caused a lot of plant capacity issues.
As a result, a lot of buyers are still waiting for their orders to come in. People decided to diversify their shopping when the world started going crazy, and this is just one of many results.
A high amount of global trade is often seen as a good thing, but when purchases start to ramp up too much, all that time and work can suddenly become a detriment. In recent years, shipping containers have come at a premium, with only so much space to go around.
While people shopped for new things to distract themselves, those shipping containers filled up. We grew sourdough, raised vegetables, and got to work on our side projects while we had all this extra free time, and the shipping containers overflowed. There just wasn't enough space on cargo ships to go around.
You'd be surprised how many products require corn for production. It's used as food for humans and animals, it's used to produce fuel, there are plenty of things like high fructose corn syrup that come out of it, and there are numerous by-products. Not to mention popcorn.
A swine fever outbreak in China hurt their pig herds, leading to a greater corn demand in China. In addition, corn crops in Brazil and Argentina have had some bad weather hit them, and there have also been labor shortages. Prices are shooting up, and producers are having problems keeping up with a high level of demand.
Say it ain't so! Not even chicken wings are safe from the shortages that have been striking across the country and the world. The problem here is mainly because of the weather, though the supply chain issues are of course also to blame. Texas and the surrounding states are the biggest suppliers of chicken wings for the country, and a major snow and ice storm hit them, making it hard for the states to produce the right amount.
Not only has there been a rise in prices, but some stores have even removed this classic bit of American fare from their menus.