Have you had trouble finding Fritos, or for that matter, any of your favorite snacks, on store shelves lately?

Well, it's not your imagination. It's not the Frito Bandito, either.

Don't worry -  Fritos haven't been discontinued (although certain flavors aren't coming back). They are just in high demand!

According to Consumer Reports, products with limited availability include everything from cat food to sports drinks and snack crackers.

Why Fritos Are Missing

In some cases, product disappearances are due to unusual circumstances.

For instance, last summer, a labor strike against Nabisco affected Oreos, Ritz crackers, and several other snacks.

Supply issues aren't a new thing for the maker of Fritos. Last year, Frito-Lay had to hire 15,000 workers to deal with a Flamin' Hot Cheetos shortage.

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Where Are The Fritos?

Many people are complaining on social media about not being able to find Fritos. A Facebook page for the city of Temple had a long list of folks looking for the missing corn chips.

One woman said she had been searching for three months with no luck finding them, but was able to get a couple of bags at Walmart in Belton last week.

Others claim to have discovered the elusive snack at gas stations in Central Texas.

Ways to Cope With Grocery Shortages

Here're a few ways to help deal with the lack of your favorite foods:

  • Search for wholesale sources - Just make sure you have plenty of storage, because you’ll probably have to buy in bulk or purchase bigger sizes.
  • Buy online - This can take longer, but you might be able to find a deal.
  • Check with independent grocers and convenience stores - They use different distribution systems from the ones traditional grocers use.
  • Check the maker’s website - It may let you order directly from the source.

Good luck, and enjoy that Frito pie...or just plain chili!

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