Shoppers may soon have to pay up to 50 per cent more for their basic pasta, it has been warned.
A shortage of durum wheat, a key ingredient used to make the kitchen cupboard staple, is threatening to see prices rocket.
The price of durum wheat has almost doubled this summer after a drought and high temperatures in Canada, one of the pasta industry’s biggest suppliers. And Italy is also experiencing supply problems.
Durum wheat makes products such as spaghetti, penne and macaroni, all firm family favourites.
The price hike in the UK may start as early next month, as high costs reach the factories. It comes on the back of other shortages in supermarkets caused by transport and logistic problems linked to Brexit.
Jason Bull, a director of Eurostar Commodities, told The Guardian : “The market is completely out of control and as a result there has been an approximately 90% increase in raw material prices as well as increases in freight.
“This is a dire situation hitting all semolina producers and all buyers of durum wheat across the globe. Companies are buying at record high prices.”
In the pasta-making process durum wheat is ground into semolina and makes products such as spaghetti, penne and macaroni.
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 the supermarket supply issues will ‘only get worse’, as the market continues to change following the pandemic.
He emphasised that “these shortages don’t mean you’re going to run out of food,” The Mirror reports.
But he warned incidents like no bottled water being available in the whole of eastern England could become more common.
He added: “The UK shopper could have previously expected just about every product they want to be on shelf or in the restaurant all the time.
“That’s over and I don’t think it’s coming back.”