SAN ANTONIO (1080 KRLD) - The power outages that resulted from last week's arctic blast has caused a major food shortage at grocery stores across the state.
"We did have to discard a volume of product that was deemed unviable anymore, whether from our stores or whether from a distribution center, temporarily due to power outages," says April Martin, the corporate affairs manager of Kroger Dallas Division.
As a result, grocery store shoppers looking to check off their shopping lists found themselves in all-out scavenger hunts for essentials such as milk, eggs and meat.
San-Antonio based grocery chain H-E-B says it has more than 1500 trailers filled with food and products on the road to replenish stores as soon as possible.
"We haven't tallied up our losses just yet," says Mabrie Jackson, spokeswoman for San Antonio-based H-E-B. "We fared a lot better in areas where we had reliable power with generators backing up our stores. Of course, the challenges remained with stores that were in areas that had no water or had water boils."
H-E-B and Kroger both say they have placed temporary limits on some key products.
Both companies say they hope to have their shelves fully stocked by the end of the week.
"We anticipate that we'll begin to start to see normality with perishable items, including other non-perishable items in our center store, coming back to normal by the end of this week," says Martin.