By the author of The Faithful Prepper and The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications,
I have nothing but respect for Augason Farms. They’re a fantastic brand with a fantastic line of products. But if you’ll remember, it was back in October of 2021 that The Organic Prepper reported that Augason Farms was halting sales of product for 90 days.
This was due to an inability of the company to get enough food in to turn into product. A massive increase in demand contributed to the problems for the iconic prepper company as well.
It is now close to five months since the original letter was sent out. Are things looking any better? The answer to that question is something of a mixed bag.
As soon as one navigates the site, a pop-up appears with the following message:
TO OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS
At Augason Farms, our mission first and foremost is to ensure that our high quality preparedness solutions are available to as many families as possible…as quickly as possible.
Because we never want you to wait, even during this time of unprecedented demand, we’re making our wide range of Augason Farms products available at select popular national online sites and retail stores for purchase or delivery to your home.
Our website remains active for product information and will be back to take your orders. But there’s no need to wait. Our online and retail partners stand at the ready with Augason Farms products in stock right now.
Our Customer Service Team is Here to Help. If you have questions about where to find Augason Farms products or the status of your order, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800-878-0099, M-F, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (MTN).
Augason Farms Remains Fully Operational.
In fact, we are manufacturing and shipping the highest volumes in our 49-year company history to serve the families that are counting on Augason Farms.
We are working hard to further expand our production and shipping capacities to service all sales channels, including augasonfarms.com, in the very near future.
Thank you for your patience and continued support.
To request the status of orders placed before October 5, 2021, please click here to submit a Helpdesk Ticket.
Mark Augason, President
Everything on the site is “out of stock.”
Upon navigating through the food that is currently available, at the time of this writing, literally, all of it is marked “out of stock.” Even all of their emergency water products are marked as “out of stock.”
Is this simply because it is all being sold out? It appears that the reason is that Augason Farms is selling through other retailers instead of directly from their company.
A quick look online will reveal that Ready Made Resources (the Amazon of prepper gear), PrepSOS.com, and, yes, even Amazon all have Augason Farms goods in stock. It’s not just online retailers, though. Now, you can find brick-and-mortar stores such as Walmart and Home Depot carrying emergency food buckets from Augason Farms as well.
The marketplace reflects what people are thinking.
We live in a world where we are hearing multiple warnings about an impending famine of global proportions. Anybody who has paid attention to the happenings in our world for (particularly) the past two years has seen the writing on the wall. Things aren’t going anywhere good.
(All the more reason to read our free QUICKSTART Guide to home canning.)
People are concerned about the state of the world right now. They’re watching what is happening in Europe. They’ve seen what’s happened elsewhere as well. And so, people are buying food. A lot of it.
It’s because of this that Augason Farms has had to change its distribution strategy at the moment. The demand is so high that the quickest way they can ensure that their product gets to Americans is to ship it to retailers rather than to individuals. I suspect the reasoning for this is that it saves a great deal of work on the part of Augason Farms.
Rather than have to manage a team that ships one bucket to California, two bags to Texas, and 58 buckets to Florida (you know who you are), now, Augason Farms can focus on loading one truck full of food for a Florida Walmart, one truck for Ready Made Resources, and another for a survival goods store in North Carolina. The logistics are easier with orders being larger, and it allows Augason Farms to focus on getting products out the door more efficiently.
That’s my theory, anyway.
Obviously, supply chain issues are a huge part of the entire American economy right now. Nobody’s able to get the raw materials or products they need at the moment for a myriad of reasons. And those reasons aren’t inclined to make exceptions. But, to the best of my knowledge, that’s what I think is going on with Augason Farms. They’re likely crunched for both raw materials and workers, and are having to boost efficiency by shifting their distribution patterns.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you have more to add to the conversation? Let us know in the comments below.
Again, this isn’t to detract any from Augason Farms. They’re a fantastic brand, and you absolutely should be regularly checking their site for when the product comes back into stock. And they’re not out of stock on items because they’re not making them – in fact, Augason Farms has released a number of new products of late – such as their Ready Now emergency food pouches. The reason Augason Farms is out of stock is that demand is the highest they’ve ever seen, and there is a supply chain crisis.
Aden Tate is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com and TheFrugalite.com. Aden runs a micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has three published books, The Faithful Prepper, The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications, and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.