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- It might be tough to find meat right now — everyone from small local butcher shops to Costco and web-based direct-to-consumer purveyors is in short supply — but it’s not impossible to track down and there’s no reason to panic.
- Below are the places we’ve had recent success with, and we’ll continue to update this running list as we see fit.
- Some brands may have difficulty keeping up with demands. In light of this, we’ll note any delays of which we’re aware.
- Read more: The best places to buy groceries online
The meat shortage continues, and it’s becoming harder and harder to find what you’re after both locally and online, especially when it comes to beef and pork.
According to a Stephens analyst, roughly one in five Wendy’s restaurants are out of hamburger meat as of Tuesday, May 5. And pork processor Smithfield Foods, which is reportedly responsible for about four to five percent of US pork production, shut its Sioux Falls, South Dakota facility in April until further notice, according to a company press release.
The head of the department of agriculture at Purdue University says beef and pork production capacity is down 40% from last year, and Tyson, the world’s second-largest supplier of poultry, beef, and pork, ran a full-page ad in Sunday’s New York Times stating that “the food supply chain is broken.”
It is an Omnivore’s Dilemma to boot, and while it’s true that meat supplies are dwindling, all of the above may not be cause for panic.
While your local superstore and/or butcher might not have their full menu available right now, meat is still being produced, and we’re here to point you towards the online retailers and subscription services we’ve had success with recently ourselves.