Hence, Reddi-wip was not the only whipped cream product affected: In a statement to the Washington Post, Conagra representative Lanie Freidman said that "due to an industry-wide supply issue, there is currently a shortage of some whipped toppings, including Reddi-wip ... [and] private label and competitive whipped topping."
Grocery stores throughout the country are running low on canned whipped cream following a fatal explosion at a Florida nitrous oxide plant in late August. Lanie Friedman, a spokeswoman for Conagra Foods, confirmed to FoxNews.com that there is currently a nationwide shortage of some of its whipped topping products, including Reddi-wip. "We are proactively managing the production of Reddi-wip, and are doing the best we can to make it available to as many consumers as possible," Friedman said. But heading into peak holiday party season, many consumers are worried that their pies, cakes,pastries and even coffees just won't be the same without a dollop of something special on top. There's a nationwide shortage of nitrous oxide, the gas used to propel whipped cream.
A sugar shortage has forced Coca-Cola to stop producing soft drinks in Venezuela amid an escalating food and energy shortage. Coke said that suppliers in Venezuela will "temporarily cease operations due to a lack of raw materials". The announcement comes after the country's biggest brewer, Empresas Polar, closed plants due to a barley shortage. Venezuela's economy has contracted sharply as oil prices plunge. A Coca-Cola spokesperson said the company would continue producing sugarless drinks such as Coca-Cola Light (Diet Coke).
Researchers at the Palo Alto, California-based Learning Policy Institute are crunching some numbers right now and said they expect, in an August report, to predict a teacher deficit. That's based on federal estimates that public school teacher hiring increased 45 percent from 2011 to 2016, while enrollments in teacher preparation programs fell 35 percent between 2009 and 2014. "This mismatch suggests we are currently in a teacher shortage," said Leib Sutcher, one of the researchers. That's because schools don't typically leave classrooms of students unattended. The jobs get filled somehow.