Empty Shelves Leave Cream Cheese Fans Upset—'I Can't Go On Like This'

Grocery store customers have bemoaned the cream cheese shortage that has left shelves deprived of the popular sandwich spread.

Widespread cream cheese shortages were first reported in December, following a cyberattack in October against the largest cheese manufacturer in the U.S.

But in parts of the United States, some cheese lovers are still deprived, and shoppers have been taking to Twitter to share their fruitless endeavors to obtain a tub.

Journalist Jonathan Ballew said: "OK, so the only thing I've noticed for this whole 'grocery store shortage' thing…is cream cheese? Anyone else having issue finding cream cheese."

Twitter user MichaelaEsquire wrote on January 17: "Haven't been able to find cream cheese in three trips to three different grocery stores. I can't go on like this."

Another shopper shared a picture of empty grocery store shelves, writing: "Cream cheese gone. Meat missing. My grocery store is just [single tear emoji]."

The Blaze staff writer Alex Nitzberg commented on Saturday: "Update: There is still an unacceptable cream cheese situation at the grocery."

The cream cheese shortage even led some dairy fans to consider whipping up their own batch of the beloved spreadable.

One commenter this week posted: "What do you do when the grocery store is out of cream cheese? You make your own [fist emoji] first attempt tomorrow."

Cream cheese availability differs widely across the States, Bloomberg reported this week.

The difference between least and most available areas was 33.5 percent earlier this month, according to the IRI Consumer Packaged Goods Supply Index.

Only baking products had a bigger gap; something which some commentators put down to shoppers returning to stay-at-home habits during the periods of winter weather.

According to a 2020 Statista poll, more than 249 million Americans said they used cream cheese.

Another 2020 Statista poll also found the number of Americans who used 1 pound or more of cream cheese in the last week stood at more than 56 million.

The complaints come as grocery stores across the U.S. continue to experience food shortages as omicron and torrid winter weather pile further pressure on supply chains.

But cream cheese is not the only product that customers are having trouble finding on their grocery shelves.

According to IRI Consumer, Packaged Goods Supply Index data cited by Bloomberg, carbonated drinks, beer and frozen meals were among the numerous goods that had been caught up in the supply chain crisis.

Earlier this month, food producers - including Campbell Soup and Conagra Brands - reported an increase in the number of employees who called in sick with COVID-19, Bloomberg reported.

Grocery distributor SpartanNash, which operates more than 100 stores across the Midwest and distributors to 2,000 other stores, saw cases triple among its staff in recent weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last month people who test positive and are asymptomatic should isolate for five days instead of 10.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walenksy said in a statement following the announcement: "The Omicron variant is spreading quickly and has the potential to impact all facets of our society. CDC's updated recommendations for isolation and quarantine balance what we know about the spread of the virus and the protection provided by vaccination and booster doses."

Stock photo of bagel with cream cheese
A stock photo of a burger with some cream cheese. Many Americans have struggled to find any cream cheese being sold at their grocery stores. bigacis/Getty