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Taco Bell Is Running Out of Tortillas, Everybody Panic!

Plus, a fire breaks out at a Jim Beam facility, and other news to start your day

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How does a tortilla shortage even happen?

Taco Bell is dealing with a tortilla shortage, mostly in Tennessee, and people are freaking out. WHNT reported that Tennessee Valley locations are hoping their supplier truck will deliver more by the end of the week, leaving scores of customers unable to Live Más on July 4th. Is this what our Founding Fathers fought for??

The company addressed the shortage in a statement, saying it’s working to replenish the supply, and it apologizes for the inconvenience. Meanwhile, according to a statement, Taco Bell “encourages fans to try any of our other delicious menu items like the Power Menu Bowl or Cheesy Gordita Crunch in the meantime.” But according to someone on Reddit claiming to be a Taco Bell employee, the shortage could last a long time. “There’s a warehouse shortage (nationwide, I believe) of 10” tortillas, which, if you don’t know, is like half the menu,” they write, and refer to an upcoming “tortillapocalypse.” Get your tacos while you can. [People]

And in other news...

  • A fire broke out at a Jim Beam warehouse in Kentucky, where around 45,000 barrels of whiskey are stored. Firefighters say the blaze could continue for “quite some time.” [WLKY]
  • PBR just released a “hard coffee,” because it’s time to mix uppers and downers! [Food & Wine]
  • Whoops, about 260 people got food poisoning at Imelda Marcos’ 90th birthday party, after eating a meat and egg stew. [NYTimes]
  • Heinz canned mac & cheese is real and it’s horrifying. [Popsugar]
  • Dairy groups are concerned kids are being drawn away by the allure of oat milk, so they’re setting up coffee bars in school to boost milk sales. [AP News]
  • The Trump administration has proposed placing tariffs on an additional $4 billion of imports from the EU, including cherries and whiskey. [NYTimes]
  • Here’s a full history of barbecued ribs, which it turns out were more of a 20th century innovation. [Serious Eats]
  • CVT Soft Serve in LA is charging “influencers” double for ice cream, since they so often expect to be given things for free. “We truly don’t care if you’re an influencer, or how many followers you have,” he wrote in a sign. “We will never give you a free ice cream in exchange for a post on your social media page. It’s literally a $4 item… well now it’s $8 for you.” [TOLA]
  • A report on how human dietary trends affect what our pets eat. In other words, why all our dogs are also Paleo now. [The Atlantic]

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