Everyone knows that bagels and cream cheese have been a classic item for decades, but there’s a problem – especially in New York City – a cream cheese shortage. of and the delis and customers are freaking out in a big way. Apparently, manufacturers are having issues filling orders of unprocessed and unwhipped cream cheese: the foundation NYC bagel shops use to create their cream cheese flavors.
We can chalk this up to another supply chain issue courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic. But also, it’s because people are home more. Just ask Kraft Heinz, the parent company for Philadelphia Cream Cheese. They said they’re seeing increased demand and a shortage “as more people continue to eat breakfast at home and use cream cheese as an ingredient.” As a result, they’re upping their outflow – shipping 35% more products than last year.
Meanwhile, bagel shop owners will either be eliminating some of their signature cream cheese flavors, increasing prices or using lower-quality suppliers to get the job done. Don’t want to risk it…or you want to try something different…did you know you can make your own cream cheese? Check out a recipe HERE.