Amid Home Gardening Surge, Canning Supplies Run Short

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As more people plant gardens during the pandemic, then ferment and can the produce, “the canning industry has seen an unprecedented demand for supplies.” A spokesperson for Newell Brands, owner of Ball, one of the leading producers of Mason jars and other canning supplies, told the Minnesota Star Tribune that the demand has made supply constraints. Ball has “increased glass production, found additional lid manufacturers and expanded its pack out locations.”

The food safety specialist at the University of Georgia and the master garden helpline at the University of Vermont have both reported a huge increase in calls since mid-March from new gardeners.

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