The Latest COVID-19 Shortage Is Pepperoni

If pepperoni is your favorite pizza topping, you better make now the time to explore other pizza options. Following a shortage of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, Clorox Wipes, coins, the latest product we're facing a shortage of is pepperoni. Prices have gone up on meat because of COVID-19 and pepperoni is no exception. As a result of the shortage, prices have drastically increased, but it seems, for now, the price increase isn't being passed on to consumers. Pepperoni is the country's most popular pizza topping.

If you're wondering why a chain like Papa John's can create the Shaq-A-Roni, a pizza featuring 66 pieces of pepperoni for around $12, it's that the big chains are locked into long term contracts with meat suppliers that guarantee the price won't go up.