Eggo waffles are a real convenience for those who have small children and need a quick meal for the kiddies in the morning. It doesn’t get any simpler than to just pop in a couple of Eggo waffles into the toaster and in a few minutes you have breakfast ready to go. But it seems that we will be suffering an Eggo waffle shortage that could go on into mid-2010.
According to one news source and also from a CNN report this morning, Kellogg has closed its Atlanta processing plant.
“We are working around the clock to restore Eggo store inventories to normal levels as quickly as possible,” wrote Kellogg spokeswoman Kris Charles in an e-mail. “In the meantime, we’re allocating available product to customers based on historical percentage of business.”
So which regions might get their Eggos back first? Mrs. Charles wouldn’t say, adding only that Kellogg has “loyal Eggo consumers across the country.”
Eggos are in short supply because two of the company’s four frozen-waffle facilities have had operational problems in recent months. In September, Kellogg announced it had shut down its Atlanta plant after a Georgia Agricultural Department test revealed the bacteria listeria in a sample of Kellogg’s Buttermilk Eggo Waffles. Listeria has been linked to meningitis and encephalitis, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Kellogg issued a recall of two of its products, totaling 4,500 cases, although no illnesses had been reported.
There are also problems at their plant in Tennessee as well:
Meanwhile, “extensive enhancements and repairs” at Kellogg’s largest Eggo-producing facility — in Rossville, Tenn. — also slowed production, according to Charles. Several production lines at that plant are still down, she adds, but all the other lines at the four plants are operational.
It is now becoming a national issue and some people are trying to sell their boxes of Eggo’s on eBay! I am not joking. So how is this shortage affecting your life?
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