Grocery stores are reportedly stocking up on snacks like Ritz crackers and Oreos, as worker strikes prompt shortage fears

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Ritz crackers are among the snack foods produced by Mondelez International. Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
  • Retailers are stocking up on staple snack food items to prepare for delays caused by worker strikes.

  • Mondelez International workers have been striking over contact disagreements.

  • The company produces Ritz crackers, Chips Ahoy, and Oreo cookies.

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Snack food shortages are looming, and grocery stores are preparing for the worst.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, some US grocery stores are stocking up on snack favorites - Oreos, Premium saltines, and Chips Ahoy - produced by food giant Mondelez International whose workers are currently striking.

Workers at Nabisco, which is owned by Mondelez, have been striking since early August. As per the Journal, these strikes are impacting three out of Nabisco's four US bakeries.

These workers say they're are striking over the company's decision to lengthen shifts and cut overtime pay.

"We're not asking for a lot," Steven James, who has worked as a machine operator at one of its plants in Richmond, Virginia for 20 years, told Yahoo Finance. "We just want a fair contract."

James said he was asked to work long shifts during the pandemic as demand for snack food soared.

"It was just constant. Never had time to spend with the kids. Never had time to spend with the family," he said.

Mondelez did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

In a statement to The Journal, a spokesperson said its manufacturing facilities were fully operational despite the strikes.

One Nebraska-based supermarket chain, B&R Stores, told The Journal that it was canceling discounts and stocking up on Mondelez-produced snacks to prepare for the holiday season.

"We are trying to get on it immediately and load on it as much as we can now," president Mark Griffin said.

Others are stocking up on rival snack brands.

Retailers across the US are grappling with food shortages, caused by labor shortages and supply chain issues.

Stockpiling has become the norm because of this as retailers look to shield against price increases and keep shelves stocked heading into the busy holiday season.

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