The Frito pie panic of the past weekend or two seems to have passed.

The orange-and-red Fritos bags were plentiful Tuesday afternoon in the chip sections at Market Street and the Smith’s Food & Drug on St. Michael’s Drive. Santa Feans over the weekend had noted bare shelves across the city for the crunchy partner for the local favorite Frito pie.

Whatever may have happened could have been demand exceeding supply for the Halloween weekend or the common empty shelves and delayed deliveries caused by COVID-19 labor shortages at production facilities and on the transport chain.

Frito-Lay did have a 19-day strike in Topeka, Kan., in July, but there are no media reports of recent Fritos shortages because of it.

Lubbock-based United Family, which operates the Albertsons Market and Market Street stores in most of New Mexico, reports all is fine on the Fritos front.

“Albertsons Market and Market Street stores are not experiencing any significant shortage of Fritos,” United Family spokeswoman Nancy Sharp wrote in an email. “As with many brands, the supply chain has experienced occasional disruptions due to the impact of COVID-19.”

If locals had challenges making Frito pie — some resorted to chili cheese Fritos or Doritos — area restaurants that serve it reported no disruptions.

Staff at the Five & Dime General Store said there was “no supply problem”; at Chicago Dog Express the news was, “We always have supply”; and the word from El Parasol: “We haven’t had a problem.”

“We do not have a Fritos shortage,” Plaza Cafe manager Andy Razatos said. Anytime somebody orders Frito pie, he added, “we make it.”

(7) comments

KT Rivera

A story about lack of Fritos gets published but yet no investigative articles about the various and growing crime issues in this city. The Santa Fe NewMexican is part of our problem.

Barbara Harrelson

This critically important news alert is why Santa Fe is My Kind of Town. Love it or leave it. The Frito Pie barometer may be the greatest tool for healing cultural divisions in our beloved village. Thank you, New Mexican, for keeping us up-to-date on the truly important supply-chain issues.

Mark Ortiz

it's no joke how this company treats it's workers. The narrative that people don't want to work is incomplete and for the lazy.

Charlotte Rowe

LOL just a guess here but I'm betting that Frito-Lay sources most of its corn domestically, so there probably aren't tons of corn cobs languishing in container ships offshore. But gosh, it's so hard to decide which is more worthy of panic - a toilet paper shortage or a Frito Pie shortage...... I DID hear on NPR this morning that there is a panic about Christmas tree shortages this year. That must be among big city folks, as shortly after this report there was a PSA about the national forests here opening tree harvesting permits soon for people to go cut their own (probably not something they do in Noo York Sitee). As far as the crunch for artificial trees, most of which are imported from China, speaking for myself I actually use my own artificial tree year after year after year so I can't imagine that a shortage this year due to shipping snafus would have much impact. I had considered getting a new one (mine, which I've had since 1990, is dropping needles almost as if it were real) but it still looks pretty good and will not cause me undue angst if I don't replace it this year. Just please don't tell me that replacement electric farolito parts come from China.

Chris Mechels

A possible reason for the crunch; a week long sale, two for one. I stocked up.

Harvey Wright

I am calling on mayor Webber for a full investigation. This injustice will not be swept under the rug like so many Frito crumbs.

Yvonne Babcock


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