Bread and soda have long been considered staples of American life, but they are rapidly becoming scarce goods in New York.
City grocers warn there’s no guarantee that once-ubiquitous products such as Sara Lee and Coca-Cola—which have always been easy to acquire and quick to sell—will be there when consumers walk through their doors. They point to a broad supply-chain crunch.
“The soda companies, the bread companies, we can’t count on them for the normal store deliveries they once did,” said Morton Sloan, co-owner of Morton Williams Supermarkets, which has 16 stores in the city. “If they used to come Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, they might just come
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