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Supply chain crisis leads to severe shortage of cream cheese in New York City


EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) – The country’s supply chain crisis is severe, but the latest cream cheese shortage is sure to hit a city like New York particularly hard.

If you thought you almost lost your mind while it was closing, just remember you had bagels and cream cheese.

Could you have survived without it? Many people Eyewitness News spoke to were unsure.

“I don’t know. Like some kind of weirdness of Andrew Yang Bill de Blasio, isn’t it?”

But a New York institution is now under threat due to supply chain issues.

At Tompkins Square Bagels in the East Village and across town, there’s a fear of cream cheese.

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“We have espresso, jalapeño cheddar, birthday cake,” said Christopher Pugliese of Tompkins Square Bagels. “That will probably take us until about Wednesday. Maybe late tomorrow.

Pugliese says his suppliers told him there was a big problem with trucking and getting Class A truckers.

“We’re also told the shipping containers, because we get these big 50-pound, 100-pound blocks, so my guys tell me these are all stuck on ships in ports,” he said. he declares.

They’ve been open for a decade, but they’ve never been so scattered. But COVID and supply chain issues have done this to them twice this year.

Two months ago there was a shortage of flour.

“That one, and that one was scary because it would’ve been a knockout,” Pugliese said.

The Kraft Heinz Company says the cream cheese recipe originated in New York City in the 1870s.

A spokesperson for the company says not to panic:

“As more and more people continue to have breakfast at home and use cream cheese as an ingredient in easy desserts, we expect this trend to continue. As such, we ship 35% more product to restaurant partners, such as bagel stores, compared to. one year ago.”

At Tompkins Square Bagels, they also plan to readjust.

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“Hurry up, fall out. We’re New Yorkers. We’ve been scrambling and scrambling for two years now with the pandemic. Like we find a way. We can whip, tofu, go vegan, there’s got to be. small vendors in the upstate, ”Pugliese mentioned. “There is always butter. There is always better. It is not the same. Yes, people are going to get mad.”

Perhaps this is the recipe for anarchy in the city.

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