There is a new shortage affecting the United States, specifically impacting the restaurant industry: ketchup.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the past year of restaurants turning to takeout services and delivery meal options created a high demand for “sachets,” the name for the small packets of ketchup included with takeout meals. Restaurant workers are attempting to get their hands on the tabletop condiment after the switch in demand over the past year. “Managers are using generic versions, pouring out bulk ketchup into individual cups and hitting the aisles of Costco for substitutes,” the outlet reported.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
The pandemic turned many sit-down restaurants into takeout specialists, making individual ketchup packets the primary condiment currency for both national chains and mom-and-pop restaurants. Packet prices are up 13% since January 2020, and their market share has exploded at the expense of tabletop bottles, according to restaurant-business platform Plate IQ.
The condiment is reportedly the most consumed table sauce at restaurants in