If you're a holiday baker, or just a fan of bagels, you may have heard that there's a cream cheese shortage.
The New York Times reports that bagel shops in the city have only a few days' supply on hand with "no end in sight" for when conditions improve.
Some of those problems are linked to shipping logistics that have impacted store shelves for months due to a lack of drivers and trucks — and as Cornell University agricultural economist Andrew Novakovic told Bloomberg, dairy shipments require an extra license to transport produce from farms to processors to store shelves.
Packaging issues also are getting part of the blame, with Novakovic noting plastic film and cardboard have been hard to access.
But the biggest problem may be linked to digital rather than dairy woes. Wisconsin's Schreiber Foods, which supplies cheese slices to burger restaurants and rivals Kraft Foods for the volume of cream cheese it produces, was hit by a cyberattack just as it was ramping up processing for the holiday demand.
The company was forced to shut down lines for a few days, Bloomberg reported. A company spokeswoman said it has since maximized production, but the closures already have rippled along the supply chain.