It only took an hour for the subsidized maize flour to be scooped by Nairobians from supermarket shelves in the city centre on Wednesday.
Shortage of maize flour had raised the cost of the staple food to an all time high of Sh144 for a two-kilogram packet.
The government, in collaboration with millers, unveiled the subsidized maize flour on Tuesday that will see Kenyans buy a two-kilogram packet of maize flour at Sh90 and a one-kilogram packet at Sh47.
The packets indicate that the subsidized maize flour was packed on Monday May, 15 and will expire September 2017.
A spot check by Nairobi News in the Central Business District (CBD) on Wednesday afternoon showed most supermarkets selling only Soko brand of maize flour.
At Tuskys supermarkets, customers were only allowed to purchase three packets of maize flour each. Customers queued for the precious commodity at Pioneer Tuskys along Moi Avenue.
Nakumatt supermarket, Development House branch, had not yet received the subsidized flour by early afternoon.
The management at Naivas supermarket, Ronald Ngala street, told Nairobi News that they were still waiting for the subsidised flour to arrive.
At Eastmatt supermarket on Tom Mboya Street, they still had the old stock that was retailing at Sh169.00.