Potential Condiment Shortage Coming

A reduced mustard seed harvest in Canada may lead to a shortage of prepared mustard on store shelves during the summer and fall of 2022. Harvest of the seeds in France was also poor due to extremely hot, dry weather. The Ukraine, which is also a grower of mustard seeds, is suffering crop disruption due to war, so several mustard seed growing countries are impacted. Production of the condiment is believed to be down by 50%, so prices will likely increase in time for grilling season.  A shortage of chili peppers used to produce Siracha sauce, has already led to the company being unable to fill new orders until fall.  The pepper crop suffered low production due to extremely hot, dry temperatures in California where they are grown, and the sauce produced.  Pepper crops are known to be sensitive to heat and drought.

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Posted on 30 June 2022