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How a Semiconductor Shortage Can Impact the Supply of Gummy Bears

It’s not a supply chain, it’s a supply web.

A jar full gummy bears.
A jar full gummy bears.Photographer: Ander Gillenea/Getty Images

One of the big lessons of the past two years is that disruptions to the global economy can manifest in weird and unexpected ways.

In the latest episode of Odd Lots, the owner of Jarosch Bakery in Chicago outlines one surprising potential relationship. In a discussion about how his bakery is dealing with big macroeconomic trends like inflation, a tight labor market and shortages of major ingredients, Ken Jarosch described how he’s been forced to stockpile cocoa power and cornstarch as he grapples with supply shortages in recent years.