And yes, we’ve even been known to occasionally put it on our corn dogs, too — don’t judge us! But that might become a little more difficult in the future.
You see, guys — and you might want to sit down for this — but there is a serious ketchup shortage across the United States. It’s okay…here’s a moment for you to take a deep breath… .
Okay, now that THAT’S out of our system, here’s the deal: Fox 35 reports that restaurants are having problems keeping up with the demand for ketchup. And the price of ketchup has gone up 13% since last year. This comes a year after the pandemic has increased the demand for takeout food from restaurants.
After the CDC recommended that restaurants begin using “single-serving condiments,” shared ketchup bottles have become a thing of the past in many restaurants. Even our beloved Whispering Canyon Cafe no longer brings dozens of ketchup bottles over to the table in good fun when it’s requested. Instead, you get this… .
Heinz, the most widely used ketchup brand in the U.S., has plans to increase its production by 25%, but the company has still admitted problems in keeping up with orders for ketchup packets. Also, now that people are more likely to cook at home now and buying their own ketchup, this has created even more of a shortage in restaurants.
So if you get to Disney World and have to hunt for the ketchup, now you know why. We haven’t noticed any issues around the parks personally, but we will let you know if we experience this shortage firsthand. And if the situation changes, we’ll let you know.
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Have you noticed a ketchup shortage recently at restaurants where you live? Let us know in the comments!