Philadelphia, PA - Despite the escalating demand for cream cheese, the New York bagel industry is still facing supply chain constraints. With fewer options for topping their bagels, store owners are hoarding the stuff and driving as far as New Jersey for a fresh supply. this is just the latest consumer product to suffer from a supply-chain crisis. Cream cheese is the staple ingredient in New York City bagels.
Bagel Industry Affected by National Cream Cheese Shortage
In a recent report, the Associated Press reported that there are already shortages of the coveted cheese, and according to the Associated Press, the cream cheese shortage has been linked to increased demand for Philadelphia Cream-branded products. During the pandemic, Americans have been eating more at home, which has affected the supply chain.
While most bagel shops have no immediate plans to raise prices, some have cut less popular cream cheese flavors from their line-ups.
The shortage of cream cheese has also impacted many other industries, the bagel industry has been hit the hardest. In New York and Philadelphia, bagel shops are notorious for spreading their cream-cheese spreads thickly. It's even customary for customers to wipe off the excess with a paper napkin before eating it. Some bagel shops in the city have already run out of deli wrappers, Gatorade, and cup lids, threatening their livelihoods.
What is clear is the shortage is causing havoc in the bagel industry and had caused some bagel shops to cross state lines in order to get the essential ingredient for their delicious breakfasts.
Share This Article on Social Media
Food and Event Writer
My joy is aimed at food and foodie lovers. I enjoy covering trends, issues, and all things Philly