It takes about 21 ingredients to make a Totino’s pizza roll, the bite-size snack that soared in popularity during the pandemic as people sought easy-to-make meals.
And on any given day since last winter, at least one of those ingredients, if not many, has either been difficult to find or insanely expensive.
The shortages became so bad at one point that General Mills, which makes Totino’s, simply couldn’t produce enough.
sugar and low-calorie sweeteners like erythritol, which is used in products like yogurt and cereal, were tough to pin down. Then palm oil, an odorless and tasteless oil that’s in about half the packaged goods in supermarkets, became hard to find. After Russia invaded Ukraine, global supplies of sunflower oil, produced by both countries, disappeared. And more recently, because of the avian flu that swept across the United States this spring, egg prices soared, leading to shortages.
guidance to allow manufacturers to make “minor formulation changes” because of supply disruptions or shortages without updating the ingredient list.