Buyers may soon have to pay up to 50 percent more for their basic pasta, it has been warned.
A shortage of durum wheat, one of the most important ingredients for the kitchen cupboard, threatens to drive prices up.
The price of durum wheat almost doubled this summer after a drought and high temperature in Canada, one of the largest suppliers to the pasta industry. Italy also has supply problems.
Durum wheat makes products such as spaghetti, penne and macaroni firm family favorites.
The UK price hike could start as early as next month as high costs hit factories. The background to this are other bottlenecks in supermarkets caused by transport and logistics problems in connection with Brexit.
Jason Bull, a director of Eurostar Commodities, said The guard : “The market is completely out of control and as a result raw material prices and freight have risen by around 90%.
“This is a dire situation that affects all semolina producers and all durum wheat buyers around the world. Companies are buying at record prices. “
In pasta production, durum wheat is ground into semolina and products such as spaghetti, penne and macaroni are made from it.
Elsewhere, a chief food executive warned that shoppers will find “permanent food shortages” in stores.
Ian Wright, outgoing chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation, warns that supermarket supply problems “only get worse” as the market continues to change after the pandemic.
He stressed that “these shortages do not mean you will run out of food”. Der Spiegel reports.
However, he warned that incidents where there is no bottled water in all of eastern England could become more common.
He added: “In the past, the British buyer could have expected almost any product they would want to have on the shelf or in the restaurant all the time.
“It’s over and I don’t think it’s coming back.”
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