Pepperoni is the latest coronavirus shortage. Will the scarcity affect your pizza habit?
Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY Published 3:08 p.m. ET Aug. 16, 2020 | Updated 4:06 p.m. ET Aug. 16, 2020CLOSE Pandemics like the coronavirus can have crippling effects on our food supply. The bottleneck starts from the processing plants. USA TODAYMove over, national coin and Clorox wipes shortages.There’s a new coronavirus pandemic shortage of the nation’s most popular pizza topping.Small pizza shops across the nation are reporting higher prices for pepperoni, according to Bloomberg, which found a South Dakota shop is paying $4.12 a pound compared to $2.87 in January 2019.Emily, a New York City pizza shop, is paying $6 a pound, up from $4 earlier this year, chef and co-owner Matthew Hyland told Bloomberg.“It’s an American right to have pepperoni on pizza,” Hyland told Bloomberg. “Pepperoni is such a huge part of pizza it’s important to us that we keep it accessible.”Save better, spend better: Money tips and advice delivered right to your inbox. Sign up hereThe small pizza restaurants said they weren’t passing the higher costs along to customers at this time.According to Bloomberg, larg pizza chains including Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars and Papa John’s haven’t experienced shortages or price increases as they buy ingredients with long-term contracts.New Triller account: Trump campaign joins TikTok competitor