The Washington Post has a story about food items that are in short supply in eight countries, for reasons that include "a growing cost of living crisis, lingering impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the nearly six-month war in Ukraine and battered global supply chains."
In the US, the item the Post notes that supplies of Sriracha sauce are "running low. Maker Huy Fong Foods explained to die-hard fans that the condiment would be missing from shelves due to drought and ongoing extreme weather impacting chile pepper crops. The California-based company said it hopes supplies can resume in the fall."
The other products in short supply include butter (!) in the UK, because of a “chronic shortage of suitably-qualified farmworkers" … mustard in France because of "extreme weather and drought (that) have crushed the mustard seed supply inside and outside France … bread in Lebanon because of a lack of wheat exports from Ukraine … tea in Pakistan ("low foreign currency reserves needed to pay for imported tea") … eggs in Australia ("lingering impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, which disrupted supply chains, and winter weather that means fewer eggs are being laid by free range chickens") … grain in Somalia (Ukraine export shortages) … and soba noodles in Japan (Ukraine again).
- KC's View:
We told you about the imminent Sriracha sauce shortage here on MNB a couple of months ago, and I've noticed that my local Stew Leonard's no longer is selling it. Which isn't a problem for me, since I bought a bunch of bottles and stashed them in my basement. No Sriracha shortage in the Coupe household!