Bolthouse Farms juices are arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C.
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As grocers try to keep shelves stocked, Bolthouse Farms has seen demand for its carrots double, putting pressure on the company to fulfill orders without risking the safety of its workers.
The Bakersfield, California-based company is just one example of how panic buying by consumers across the country has strained the food supply system. Food giants like Kraft Heinz and Campbell Soup, Bolthouse’s former parent, are boosting their production to meet demand from consumers who are eating at home. There are no nationwide shortages of food, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has mandated the shutdown of nonessential businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As an agriculture and food company, Bolthouse is considered essential.
“We’ve been doing as much as we can to stay in production. I think that’s critical with everyone right…