Due to the national cream cheese shortage, Kraft is offering customers $20 to bring another dessert to holiday gatherings instead of cheesecake. Kraft, which manufactures Philadelphia Cream Cheese, is offering 18,000 people a $20 reimbursement for buying desserts that don’t involve cream cheese this holiday season.Supply chain issues have disrupted United States markets for months, leading to shortages of medical supplies, liquor, athleisure, toys, gasoline and other items, and now cream cheese. In New York, bagel shops are struggling to meet the demand for flavouring, as suppliers’ inventories run dry.
The company said that a delicious cheesecake is a holiday tradition that many families look forward to. So, if cheesecake is on fewer holiday tables this year, we want to make sure that you still get that holiday feeling, even if through other desserts. Would-be cream cheese buyers can enter to claim one of 10,000 spots on the promotion website beginning Friday at 12 p.m. EST. An additional 8,000 slots will open Saturday at 12 p.m. EST.
The supply shortage may not be going away any time soon. A spokesperson for Kraft told The New York Times that the company continues to “see elevated and sustained demand” for a number of its products. As more people continue to eat breakfast at home and use cream cheese as an ingredient in easy desserts, we expect to see this trend continue.