I typically buy Tofurky deli slices at my local Publix grocery store. Well, the shelf has been empty for over a month now. I tried inquiring with the store about why that may be, but they didn't seem to have an answer (this was with me asking three different people at two different locations). I was beginning to get worried. I love the Tofurky deli slices! So I contacted the Tofurky company today to see if they were having distribution or supply shortages. I had to know whether or not the local store were simply going to stop carrying it, or if there was a hold-up at the Tofurky plant.
Tofurky was quick to reply to my inquiry. Here's the response that I got from Tofurky today regarding the supply shortage at the store:
Liana Davis (Tofurky)
Sep 28, 16:40 PDT
We are experiencing shortages with our refrigerated items.
The current situation is a sort of ‘perfect storm’ of issues in our main production facility, including:
• Exceptional demand for our core product lines. We’ve had record order levels in the last few months which were
even beyond our growth projections.
• A significant production equipment failure earlier in the summer resulted in our falling behind on meeting
demand. That’s resolved now but we still needed to ‘catch up’ to demand
• Labor shortage. We are located in a major agricultural region and demand for labor is currently at a
peak while unemployment numbers are at record lows in our immediate area. Essentially we are
understaffed in production to meet the strong demand, and cannot find sufficient workforce at this
time of year because of the strong demand from local agriculture.
While we are working diligently to ‘staff up’, the strong labor market means we will be unable to meet production
demand fully in the near term, and we expect shortages to continue for about eight weeks.
Everyone at The Tofurky Company apologizes for the shortages and we thank you for your support of us as we work to
bring production back up to speed. I assure you we are doing everything possible to correct this as soon as possible.