Over the last few years, supply chain challenges have taken many popular items off of grocery store shelves. The latest casualty appears to be a popular condiment used on sandwiches and salads.
If you're a fan of mustard, you may want to stock up the next time you're at the grocery store if you can. If you regularly purchase the popular condiment, you may have noticed that your local grocery store has been running low recently.
A shortage of mustard seeds has led to a shortage of the condiment, and stores are finding it difficult to keep shelves stocked.
While the reasons for the mustard shortage are varied, the primary culprit has been drought conditions across many parts of Canada and the northern US, where mustard seed is grown. Additionally, fewer acres were dedicated to growing mustard this year due to other crop demands and shortages.
This has caused mustard production to decrease by as much as fifty percent since seed costs are higher and supply is deficient.
As a result of the shortage, many stores are rationing their mustard supply, and some have even stopped carrying the condiment altogether.
Mustard is made by crushing mustard seeds into a fine powder. Food processing plants combine that powder with water, wine, or vinegar. The resulting mixture is then bottled and sold to grocery stores.
Unfortunately, there aren't enough mustard seeds to meet the current demand. As a result, many stores are running low on the popular condiment.
While the situation may be frustrating for mustard lovers, it is expected to be temporary. In the meantime, you may want to stock up on your favorite brand if you still can.