Kraft’s Springfield Plant Not The Cause Of ‘Cheesepocalypse’

Queso dip made with Kraft Velveeta cheese | Photo courtesy of Kraft
Kraft said shortages of its Velveeta cheese are likely in the coming weeks. | Photo courtesy of Kraft

Some are dubbing it the “Cheesepocalypse”: Shoppers who go to the store for Velveeta cheese over the next few weeks may go home empty-handed. Kraft Foods, the maker of the cheese, announced this week that it’s experiencing a Velveeta shortage at a time of year when demand for the product is highest.

But Kraft’s plant in Springfield is not the culprit. A spokeswoman for the Northfield, Ill.-based company said its southwest Missouri facility stopped producing Velveeta last year.

The plant had made a limited number of 5-pound Velveeta loaves that were usually bought by restaurants and cafeterias before the production moved out in the second half of last year. That size product is not having the supply issues.

Read more from the Springfield News-Leader and the Kansas City Star


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