Ketchup shortage hits restaurants across United States

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  1. BetteDavisEyes

    BetteDavisEyes All the boys think she's a spy...

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    Ketchup shortage hits restaurants across the United States (nbcnews.com)

    After the pandemic forced many restaurants to ramp up their takeout game, the demand for those handy individual ketchup packets quickly skyrocketed.

    If you're someone who appreciates the phrase "I put ketchup on my ketchup," you'll be interested — and perhaps slightly horrified — to hear about the latest supply chain shortage to hit the country.

    As first reported by The Wall Street Journal, ketchup packets are apparently in short supply right now, and restaurants and fast-food chains are struggling to keep up with the demand.

    Ketchup has always been a staple condiment for Americans, but since the pandemic forced many restaurants to ramp up their takeout game, the demand for those handy individual packets quickly skyrocketed. And the rules of supply and demand have led to a 13 percent increase in ketchup packet prices since 2020, according to the newspaper...
     


  2. Ajaygee11

    Ajaygee11 Semi Retired / Rally Driver / Very Amateur Slueth

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    You mean Tomato Sauce said the Australian ;)

    Now for the educational part from National Geographic:

    Ketchup comes from the Hokkien Chinese word, kê-tsiap, the name of a sauce derived from fermented fish. It is believed that traders brought fish sauce from Vietnam to southeastern China.
     
  3. BetteDavisEyes

    BetteDavisEyes All the boys think she's a spy...

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    I can't stand Ketchup - much too sweet for my palate :eek: I'm a mayo or mustard girl :)
     
  4. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    The pandemic sure is affecting things in a sometimes interesting way. I love ketchup but we hardly ever do takeout so the big bottle in my fridge is adequate. Plus there's always an extra in the pantry of course.
     
  5. killarney rose

    killarney rose Well-Known Member

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    You woulda never known it at Sonic the other day. I asked for,” a ketchup” and the kid gave me a handful of packets.
     
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  6. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Where is this? I must move there! No offense, but "a" ketchup?

    Not big on the "extra condiments", but if I am at a BK and they hand me three tiny packets? No! Admitted ketchup junkie. Put it on chicken etc.

    So, Europe can't get their garden gnomes, and we need our ketchup packets. Hard times.
     
  7. killarney rose

    killarney rose Well-Known Member

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    Lol, Filly. I’m way down here in SE AL. We don’t talk like y’all do!
     
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    zencompass Hope springs eternal

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    Yes, I find ketchup too sweet as well.

    I use Dijon mustard on almost everything, even salad (part of my homemade dressing with olive oil and garlic)! Dijon on roast potatoes, ah....

    Also I like mayonnaise (especially with cajun spices) on my fries. That's just me.:)
     
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    MimosaMornings Well- Known Member

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    zencompass Hope springs eternal

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    I need to know more about the "garden gnomes".

    Should I be putting padlocks on the ones in my front garden? :eek: Chain them to my tomato plants?

    But then the ketchup people may go for my tomato plants!:confused:

    I'm flummoxed.

    JMO
     
  11. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    My fave post this year. Indeed you may have a dilemma @zencompass . @TootsieFootsie let us know due to the Suez Canal blockage all of Europe has a garden gnome shortage.

    Chaining them to your tomato plants may put you in double jeopardy! They'll take off with both.

    Check it out in the forum "News That Makes Ya Smile ". @Laughing found a DIY way to make a gnome. It's on my tah do list to whip a few up. Send SOS if ya see your gnomes in danger.

    God Bless Ketchup and Garden Gnomes.
     
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    Laughing Well-Known Member

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    So does Mr. Laughing. Since he's retired, sometimes he rides a motorcycle 4+ hours to eat at Whataburger.

    In one of the Harry Potter books, the kids are sent outside to de-gnome the garden but those gnomes sneak back in.
     
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    During covid, one thing I've been doing to keep spirits up is to buy new foods for us to try. One of them was mushroom ketchup. We liked it! I ordered it from Townsends.

    This weekend's treat to try was ginger liqueur. Also a hit!

    :)
     
  14. Eloise

    Eloise Well-Known Member

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    American ketchup is way sweeter than the tomato sauce we have in Australia. (And to an American, if you say 'tomato sauce' I believe they're going to think you mean something you put on pasta)
     
  15. mickey2942

    mickey2942 Well-Known Member

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    I have been doing this as well. Glad that you found something new.
     
  16. TootsieFootsie

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    Oh right.

    I always thought it was just the same as what we call tomato sauce.

    Thanks for the info.

     
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