Costco is seeing unusually high demand for basics such as rice and flour, Reuters reports, a development the warehouse giant attributes to customer uncertainty over global food shortages. The company, which sells to individual shoppers as well as restaurants, has put limits in place for those items at some stores. Customers are apparently stocking up amid heavy media coverage of a global food crunch.
"If a customer came in and said, 'I want 10 pallets of flour, we'd probably say, 'No, we can't give you that," said CEO Jim Sinegal. "'We can give you one pallet.' If somebody is buying a reasonable quantity, we let them have it."