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A Cream Cheese Shortage Is Sending NYC Bagel Shops Into a Frenzy

Plus, Senator Bernie Sanders hosts a town hall with Starbucks workers to discuss unionization efforts — and more intel

Bagel cut in half with cream cheese in the middle
What is an NYC bagel without cream cheese?
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A crippling cream cheese shortage is leaving NYC’s bagel shops scrambling to stock their schmears. The New York Times reports that the city’s top bagel destinations — including Absolute Bagels on the Upper West Side and Tompkins Square Bagels in the East Village — are struggling to find cream cheese, an essential component to NYC bagels, amid ongoing, national supply chain shortages.

Shops across the city typically go through thousands of pounds of cream cheese every couple of weeks, according to the Times. But the shortage is upending that cadence: Zabar’s only has enough cream cheese to last the next 10 days, according to the Manhattan institution’s general manager. Tompkins Square Bagels owner Christopher Pugliese tells the Times that an 800-pound cream cheese order the shop was expecting last week never materialized, forcing them to make do over the weekend with a case of individually wrapped three-pound cream cheese sticks.

Owners don’t expect the shortage to dissipate anytime soon, according to the Times. They say it’s too soon to tell whether order limits or price increases may be instituted to survive the crisis.

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