(Natural News) Shoppers are starting to notice the effects of the abysmal growing season here in the United States, as grocery stores in various parts of the country are having to post signage explaining that food shortages are the reason why their shelves are unusually bare.
At a Kroger supermarket, for instance, one shopper snapped a photo of an ominous sign in the canned vegetables aisle that reads:
"Due to a poor harvest season, we are experiencing shortages on many of our canned vegetable items. We hope to be back in stock by the end of August."
Similar signage was observed in the canned vegetables aisle at a Walmart store in Tennessee as well, stating:
"Due to limited availability, we are experiencing product shortages across this category. We're working closely with our suppliers to get these items back as quickly as possible. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."
In addition to these product shortages, customers are also noticing that food prices in general are suddenly spiking. A man who shared a photo on Facebook of the product shortage notice at the Tennessee Walmart captioned it with what else he observed in the store, including substantially higher prices on everyday food items.
"Prices are already up 20+% on bread, milk, eggs [etc.] well before the crop shortage even [affects] store shelves!" he wrote.
"Three months ago at my Walmart bread was $0.99 for the off brand, now the same bread is $1.39 and rising!"
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It's not just canned vegetables: MANY product categories are now experiencing shortages
All the way across the country in Oregon, a Walmart there reportedly had the same signage in its canned vegetables aisle, indicating that the shortage is nationwide.
"Sign of things to come?" asked one Facebook user after snapping a photo of the product shortage sign he observed at his local Supercenter.
"Folks we are seeing a direct result of the farming issues and resulting shortages," he added. "And if CA gets the 'big one' there goes fresh veggies, wine and rice!"