In the United States, there was a shortage of ketchup due to supply disruptions, Fox News reports. Packages with this product began to be sold at online auctions.
Ketchup has also become scarce because most restaurants in the United States have switched to the takeaway format. Often the order includes a bag of ketchup. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people continue to order food at home, so ketchup’s demand has reached new heights. Also, there are not enough bags for packing it.
The prices for portioned sachets of ketchup first skyrocketed by 13 per cent, and soon the product disappeared altogether from sale in regular stores. For example, eBay sells 50 bags for $ 9.99. Not only tomato ketchup is in demand, but also sauces of various brands, packaged in portioned packages. Heinz said it had increased production capacity, but that was not enough.