Mustard may be out of stock in stores

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The mustard may be out of stock in stores

The mustard might be out of stock due to the shortage of mustard seeds. (archive)

The price of mustard could rise, and stores may run out of stock due to a shortage of mustard seed linked to a lower-than-normal Canadian crop yield last year, agri-food industry experts say.

The majority of mustard seed in the world is grown in the Prairies.

Now, in 2021, Saskatchewan and Alberta had a yield from their mustard plantations that was only 35% compared to the average of the last 10 years.

Furthermore, the drought they suffered last summer harmed the harvests.

As a result, some countries are facing an increase the price of mustard seeds. France, the world's largest consumer of the famous condiment, is already seeing a shortage of its Dijon mustard on the shelves of its grocery stores.

A shortage of mustard in France partially caused by Canada

The heat we received last July devastated our crops, says Stuart Smyth, associate professor in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of Saskatchewan.

For some mustard makers like Eric Giesbrecht, owner of Brassica Mustard in Calgary, getting seeds for this year's crop was difficult, let alone if they were produced in Canada.

I had to beg my supplier to sell me his last 900 kilos, he says. He ended up paying his supplier four times the usual price.

“It was the last ones he had and he is [ now] worried about not being able to supply his other customers.

—Eric Giesbrecht, owner of Brassica Mustard

According to Dalhousie University food policy and distribution professor Sylvain Charlebois, while stores and grocery stores in Canada seem to have an adequate supply right now, they don't. may be only a matter of time before the mustard shortage hits Canadian businesses.

According to the professor, it takes time for a product to work its way up the supply line and run out of inventory: It's possible we might run out of stock, but that wouldn't be a disaster, and it would only be in the short term.

According to the Kraft Heinz Co., as soon as there is a potential supply problem, it does everything to find a way to help its customers around the world. This is the case for its brand of Dijon mustard, the lack of seeds of which is hampering production.

Climate change could cause more drought in the Prairies, and therefore fewer crops.

Meanwhile, scientists warn that climate change could lead to more frequent and severe droughts across the Prairies, further harming future mustard seed crops.

However, Stuart Smyth says that adaptation to drought conditions has improved a lot in recent years. He recalls that the season so far has been promising and bodes well for a healthy harvest this fall.

If weather conditions remain similar over the next four to six weeks , he says, farmers can expect a lot of mustard seed this year.

With information from CBC and The Canadian Press< /p>

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