OH NO! There's A Whipped Cream Shortage Just Before Christmas

Zachary BarrettDec 17, 2016

Reddi-wip is the leading aerosol whipped topping, with more than $278 million in sales for the year ending November 27, according to sales data from Chicago-based market researcher IRI.

Conagra Foods sent a statement to the Washington Post that said "Due to an industry-wide supply issue, there is now a shortage of some whipped toppings, including Reddi-wip". The Conagra spokesman said the potential shortage is due to a summer explosion at a nitrous oxide plant in Florida. If you've got the time for play, you can make it a whipped cream day by making your own. There's a priority for medical uses among the remaining nitrous oxide supply. The spokeswoman added that a number of other private label whipped toppings were also in short supply. "We are proactively managing the production of Reddi-wip, and are doing the best we can to make it available to as many consumers as possible", Reddi-whip spokesperson Lanie Friedman said.

Depending on who you are and where your particular interests lie, nitrous oxide may stir up thoughts of dessert, or Vin Diesel, or that whomp-whomp-whomp sound and freezer burns on your fingers from a broken whippits cracker.

The ideal spritz of whipped cream on your holiday pie may be hard to come by this season.

There's a canned whipped cream shortage in the US and it's not Starbucks' fault. Airgas, which bills itself as the largest North American producer of the gas, supplies nitrous oxide to several customers, including Conagra and medical clients.

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