The early 2020s were filled with numerous regional, national, and international events that directly impacted the global supply chain, especially for time-sensitive products like fresh produce. On average, on-shelf availability fell to 89% and the prices increased by 5.4%.
A single break in the supply chain is enough to paralyze and hinder it globally. In most cases, especially when it comes to worldwide emergencies, the weakest point of a supply chain sustains the most damage, taking longer than anticipated to recover, often with little to no affordable alternative.
Regarding grocery store supply chains, some examples include coffee bean shortages. Brazil, as one of the world’s largest exporters of beans, witnessed a decrease in crops due to drought. Furthermore, shipping containers and routes were affected by the low workforce and regional emergencies, contributing to the strain on shipping.