A supermarket in India has run out of rice to feed its growing population, the second such instance in a week.
The Indian grocery chain Albertson’s Market said Friday it had run out a week’s supply of the staple staple grain.
AlberTSON’s Market in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, sells Indian rice and sells it through the grocery chain’s online store.
The company has struggled to maintain sales amid rising inflation and a rise in food prices.
Albersons India president Shashi Mehta said the company has not had any shortage of rice and had been in the process of raising prices for customers to offset the growing population.
“We have been very clear with our customers that the price increase is not just for the food, it is also for the people who have not been able to buy food as much,” Mehtan said in a statement.
AlBERTSON’S Market has faced a wave of criticism over the past year after it announced a ban on all new orders from October 1.
Its latest shortage came after a spate of cases of a potentially lethal coronavirus in the state of Uttar Pradesh, prompting the state government to order all supermarkets to halt sales.