Supply Chain Delays Girl Scout Cookies

by Carolyn Mathas

Some things just shouldn’t be messed with—in this case, Girl Scout cookies! If you live in Sonoma County in Northern California and you’ve been waiting for local Girl Scouts to stop you outside your friendly grocery store—you’ll have to wait a bit longer. Alas, the cookies have fallen victim to pandemic-related supply chain issues and labor shortages.

Little Brownie Bakers, one of two bakeries nationwide that make all the Girl Scout cookies, notified the scouts last fall of likely inventory shortages. The Girl Scouts of Northern California is one of the largest customers of Little Brownie Bakers, selling four million boxes of cookies in 2022 alone. Sales won’t be canceled but will be delayed a few weeks and now run from March 8-April 23.

Supply chain shortages of cookies are not a first. Little Brownie Bakers were also unable to meet demand for the new Adventureful cookie due to labor shortages at its Kentucky facility in 2022.

The scouts are making lemonade of the delays; they cite warmer weather to sell in as an advantage. Girl Scouts of Northern California supports 25,000 scouts in 19 counties stretching from Gilroy to the Oregon border.

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