Shortages: Here are the 10 most affected products that have disappeared from supermarket shelves!


Global warming, geopolitical context, consumer panic… The shortage does not happen without reason, but it concerns all French consumers. For months now, it has been very difficult to buy certain products, which are scarce or no longer available on supermarket shelves. But which products are the most affected? Will the list get longer? We tell you everything.

Supermarkets offer fewer products

In August, the stockout rate (proportion of products pending in supermarkets) reached 5.7%, according to a NielsenIQ study. This is 1.6 points more than in the same period, a year earlier. Currently, specialists prefer to speak of shortages than scarcity. The average duration of the ruptures reached four days. The deficit for the sector is enormous: 2.7 billion since the beginning of the summer.

The ranking of missing products is dominated by mustard, with a rate of 21.2%. They are followed by vinaigrettes containing mustard (-14%), cooking fats (-11.1%), sandwiches (-10.5%) and tap water (-9.2%).

The NielsenIQ institute specifies that some shortages are caused by consumers themselves, who make the mistake of overstocking precisely for fear of running out of stock. This is especially the case for sunflower oil, which saw its sales increase when it was beginning to run out. It is even more unfortunate that the shortage is reduced over time. For example, the mustard availability rate rose, at the end of August, to 73%. But the new products seem to be affected by future shortages, due to droughts. This is the case of potatoes, honey, milk and corn.

Will foie gras disappear from supermarkets soon?

Chickpeas are likely to be less present on shelves in the coming weeks and months. Due to global warming and the geopolitical context in Eastern Europe, world supply is expected to fall by 20% this year. The city of Nice is very concerned about this shortage. And for good reason, the socca, a chickpea flour pancake typical of the city, is under threat.

Also, New Year’s Eve celebrations are likely to be done without foie gras. Five months from Christmas, everything indicates that foie gras is going to run out and that, therefore, it will have to be dispensed with. But why ? In the first place due to the avian flu epizootic that affected duck farms. This probably didn’t go unnoticed, especially if you wanted to order duck in a restaurant. A real shortage is taking place due to bird flu. The production of foie gras, in 2022, will be cut in half.

The consequences are particularly dire with 16 million birds culled in the country, including 11 million in the Great West. Last year, 3.5 million poultry were slaughtered.”Ouest-France tells us.

Scarcity and inflation: times of crisis for the French

After several months of trying to live normally with a new disease (covid-19), the French must now suffer the consequences of the geopolitical context in Eastern Europe and the lack of action of successive governments on the climate cause for years. Result of the races: Inflation is breaking records on the one hand, and the planet is slowly dying on the other.

If the French seem, for the most part, to have become aware of the importance of acting for the climate, this does not seem to be the case with the government. The latter is heavily criticized for his lack of initiative.

Furthermore, if inflation in France is lower than in others, it is in the country presided over by Emmanuel Macron where wages have lost the most value. Which causes a real crisis, not really calmed by state aid, like this bonus of one hundred euros for going back to school. A national strike is announced for the end of September and the return of the yellow vest movement has never been so close. Especially since, despite the crisis, Emmanuel Macron is working on his pension reform.

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