Grocery stores slammed as blizzard hits Northeast
People are hoarding milk, bread and eggs. Is everyone going to make French toast?
Jo Natali, a spokeswoman for the Rochester, N.Y., company, tells MSN Money that business at some stores was up 300% Thursday. The spike in business, however, isn't going to last, especially if forecasts calling for as much as two feet of snow to the area prove accurate.
"It will be pretty quiet over the next few days," she said in an interview. "It all evens out."
The storm is especially taxing on providers of staples such as milk, bread and eggs. People start hoarding the ingredients for French toast when serious weather events are expected to hit their regions.
"Why people do it I don't know," said Jim Lesser, vice president of sales and marketing for Oakhurst Dairy in Portland, Maine, in an interview. The dairy produces milk, sour cream and cottage cheese. "It just happens."
Oakhurst, which began preparing for the storm earlier this week, is running special deliveries to stores that sell through their morning deliveries within hours.
People also buy food that can be easily prepared in the event of a power outage, such as peanut butter and luncheon meat, according to Mona Golub, a spokeswoman for Golub Corp., which owns and manages 130 Price Chopper supermarkets in the Northeast.
"We are not running short of anything that I am aware of," says Golub, whose family has been in the grocery business for 80 years. The company has merchandising plans in place in the event of inclement weather.
Bread producers are also under pressure. LaMarca & Sons of Malden, Mass., which calls itself New England's largest independent distributor of quality breads and rolls, is trying to keep up with orders. A recorded message on its phone line says, "the drivers are doing their best to get your delivery."
Egg consumption also rises during storms. Farmers, though, can't get chickens to lay eggs faster ahead of inclement weather. In fact, Mitch Head, a spokesman of the United Egg Producers, points out that chickens never take a day off and always lay an egg per day.
"All of our folks are doing the best they can," said Head, whose organization represents farmers that own 95% of the nation's egg-laying hens.
--Jonathan Berr wonders if he should have bought a snow-blower. Follow him on Twitter @jdberr.
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It;s going to warm up on Sun, rain on Mon , 40's on Tues' more rain Wed and all the snow will be gone
What's the big deal
What is really bad is when people hoard milk and bread and those of us who work and need bread and milk can't get it. Also if the power goes out what do they do with the meat and bread. I am just glad we bought a generator years money we saved from hoarding milk and bread. Thanks from snowy Pa.
I still can not figure out this urge to hoard dairy product. Once you lose power, the stuff goes bad real fast. You don't look quite as stupid in the winter because you can always stick your six gallons of milk in the snow.
What I am a big believer in is having a substantial stockpile of protein-rich and calorie-rich foods. My rule of thumb is minimum two months supply, preferably three. Irene and Sandy are all the proof you need to know that EMA is not up to the job, and their recommendations are not worth a damn. Protein and calories equal survival. When you talk emergencies and survival situations, you work rate is going to increase, which means the number of calories you burn will increase. You're not going to get enough calories into your belly to get the job done eating crap like vegetables, granola bars or peanut butter and crackers.
The must-haves: protein bars, tuna, canned chicken, canned chili, canned stew, canned soup (not condensed), and rice. I prefer the 15 ounce sizes on the chili and stew because of they are easier to store and easier to toss into a kit. When I see the stuff a buck a can, with a 30 month shelf life, I'm picking the stuff up at least a case at a time. Rice has so many advantages. You can get a lot of it cheap and it's easy to vacuum-seal by servings. My rule of thumb for food preparation: all you should need is the means to start a fire and safe water for the rice; anything in a can can be cooked in its container. But you would be astonished at just how many people are unaware of such basics.
One other thing to be aware of: snow is a poor choice if you're looking to hydrate yourself. Stuff enough of it into your mouth and the net result will be hypothermia because the snow will lower your body temperature. Think about how much of the stuff you would have to melt to fill a one-liter bottle and ask yourself if it's really a good idea to ingest it.
All that food in the freezer won't help you if the power goes out. Canned goods will be the best bet.
Do with powdered milk for a day although it's nasty. Eat leftovers or something. You can always
borrow something from your neighbor and pay them back I'm sure. If you are afraid eggs will be sold
out, then get the other sizes available as an option to substitute for the size you normally buy.
If I am snowed in, I can walk to the store for something. Get out the cook books and fix something.
Learn how to fix meals instead of depending on microwave dinners. I have a generator that will
power my furnace and kitchen. Candles and kerosene lamps light the rooms.
My biggest fear was running out of Twinkies or Candy and Booze...
Don't have to worry about the Twinkies anymore....I'm gonna go to my room and cry now.
Sorry we just call them woosies...Or WORSE...
NO SENSE, making a run on Stores if you may only be snowed, flooded or shut in for a day or two..
And much of the time it's not even that long...
Doesn't anyone know how to walk anymore, down to the corner, the restaurant or the bar..??
Most times they may have a Generator or alternate cooking methods or at least cold stuff, like whiskey or beer..?
We don't hoard or store too much stuff, but think we can last about 3 months without going to a store....We have large freezer and fridge freezer, along with pantry.
We can drink water, pop/soda, coffee,tea, juice, booze, beer or wine..
Probably run out of bread in two or so weeks, milk in a week, because of cats and wife.
Have a generator and well water, but would run out of gas in couple days, have to siphon out of cars or truck....
Frozen food/ or others can be put outside in cold weather.....Needs to be hung up or eaten..
Have alternate power supplies, gas, electric or fuel/wood...All helps.
Yes, we are lucky to live in the Country, and have some common sense..
Living in snowbound areas will teach you that..Worst 8 days, usually no more then 2-3..NBFD.
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