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Pepperoni shortage impacts Twin Ports pizza shops

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DULUTH, MN -- The latest shortage to hit during the pandemic could impact your favorite pizza.

Many meat production facilities have cut back staff to help with social distancing and costs and that's impact pepperoni production.

The shortage is causing pizza shops like Vitta Pizza in Duluth to look elsewhere for the product.

Assistant manager Emily Rae said, "We normally order it through the same vendor every time. And we can't get it through that vendor so we've been having to do substitute pepperoni through different vendors."

Vitta Pizza isn't alone.

Lee's Pizza in Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood is also being burned by the shortage.

Trevor Reiter, supervisor for the shop said, "For a case, it's probably about 100 bucks. It's going to be rising, It's hard to say how much it's going to be going up. Especially over the next couple weeks and months."
Reiter adds it's the main topping on some of their best selling pies, "Most of our pizzas have pepperoni on it."

On average, shops KBJR6 spoke with ordering roughly 50 pounds of pepperoni every couple weeks.

Since the shortage started at the end of July the businesses have had to increase orders.

Rae said, "We've definitely upped it because don't know if we're going to get it one week or the other."

Local shops said while the price of the topping has increased, their pizzas won't for now.

Larger chain pizza restaurants aren't reporting much of an impact as they buy their supplies through contract orders.

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Emma Quinn

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