October 3, 1942

Military Now Largest Customer
NEW YORK, N.Y.—Coffee is missing from the shelves of large chain stores and small independent grocers alike as an extreme shortage has hit the United States. Coffee dealers here in New York point to restricted shipping from South America as the reason coupled with the government being the largest purchaser of coffee. Those orders, which are destined for the armed forces, are fulfilled before coffee is distributed to retailers. The amount of coffee traded yesterday on the New York coffee and sugar exchange was thirty-seven and a half per cent of the trading one year ago. Elmer Florance of the exchange said, “Between the government and the civilian population, all available supplies are bought up faster than it can be imported.”

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