U.S. grocers are bracing for potential snack food disruptions, as a weekslong strike at Mondelez International Inc. MDLZ -0.29% facilities prompts fears of shortages in Ritz crackers and Premium saltines.

Grocers across the country are boosting orders of Ritz crackers and stocking up on alternatives in case the strike, now stretching into its fourth week, slows production of the crackers or cookies such as Oreos or Chips Ahoy.

The strike, kicked off Aug. 10 by unionized workers at a Mondelez bakery in Portland, Ore., has since spread to two other bakeries and three distribution facilities in Colorado, Illinois, Georgia and Virginia. Workers are opposing changes to work schedules, overtime and healthcare sought by Mondelez in contract negotiations.


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