The supply chain woes that plagued consumers over the holidays could continue to affect shoppers in the grocery aisles in 2022 as several food staples may not only be hard to find, but they could also cost more.

Gristedes CEO John Catsimatidis told “Fox & Friends First” that the Omicron variant is impacting the supply chain in a different way by causing labor shortages.

He told the news outlet, “Omicron is taking its toll at different levels of the supply chain, whether it’s the warehouses, whether it’s the selectors, the drivers, the loaders — and as they call in sick, there are interruptions in the system.”

Consumers can expect disruptions over the next six weeks as Omicron hits the labor market, according to Catsimatidis.

Prices will rise for eggs, milk, cheese and meat, Business Insider reported.

Dave Marcotte, a retail and supply chain expert from Kantar Consulting, told Business Insider that food shortages could be worse than what was seen at the height of the pandemic in 2020.

“It's much worse than 2020,” he said. “The variables that are causing this are not new, but the newest round of COVID has hit logistics hard.”

Catsimatidis said prices of eggs, poultry and beef, especially in the Northeast, will increase.

“If they [suppliers] normally sell 10 million pounds of chicken, they figured if they raise the price 10, 20 cents, some people will buy less chicken, and the people that really want to buy the chicken — the chicken will be there for them to buy,” he said.

Beef prices have increased to their highest level since November, while prices on milk and cheese are expected to jump due to labor shortages, Bloomberg reported.

Egg supplies are in danger as Egg Innovations CEO John Bruunquell warned on “Fox & Friends” that increasing demand compounded by labor and freight challenges could cause supply issues.

Big-box retailer Costco is limiting consumer purchases of meat in the wake of shutdowns of US processing plants due to the coronavirus
Big-box retailer Costco. AFP / Joseph Prezioso