Pasta lovers will soon have to cut back or pay more for their favorite dish.
Low wheat production in Canada and Europe this year is causing pasta shortages. Durum is the main ingredient in pasta, according to a report by BakeryandSnacks, an online news source that provides information about the food industry, and a poor harvest means there may not be any. enough to meet global demand.
Geneo’s Pizza and Pub in downtown St. Joseph has been struggling to get pasta for months already due to the overall rising cost of produce. Owner Melissa Palmer said over the past three months she has seen a huge drop in the number of pasta deliveries to her restaurant.
âWe get a certain mark, and then we couldn’t get it all, and then they sent us a different guyâ¦ and we just had to get used to whatever they would give us at the time,â Palmer said. ” And it continues. “
BakeryandSnacks reports that there has recently been a price spike of 90% of the raw ingredient in pasta. Palmer said she had already noticed an almost 50% increase in the prices of the pasta she was ordering, and that continuing shortages and rising costs could cause her to increase the quantity of certain dishes at Geneo’s.
âAs for the impact, unfortunately we’ll probably have to raise our prices a bit more,â Palmer said. “We’re trying to do our best and not to do it, but with everything gradually increasing, unfortunately it’s going to hit us one way or another.”
Palmer said the most popular pasta dishes at Geneo are Chicken Alfredo and California Alfredo. Between the demand for these dishes and the decrease in pasta shipments, Palmer said she was sometimes sold out.
âOur pasta sales have really increased,â said Palmer. âAs a result, we sometimes run out because our pasta is really good. We sell a lot of them. “
UK-based ingredient supplier Eurostar Commodities said the increase in the price of durum will likely lead to an even higher increase in the cost of finished products, such as pasta, that use the ingredient. This increase is expected to be seen in retail prices, so it could be noticeable on restaurant menus as well as store shelves.
Like any business, branding is important, so Palmer only orders one type of pasta and will not change it. In some expeditions the restaurant gets what is expected, other weeks it receives different styles of pasta from the same brand and twice they did not receive any dough.
âWe never know what to expect week after week,â Palmer said.
She wants the customers of Geneo’s Pizza and Pub to know that the problem is beyond their control.
âWe’re doing our best,â Palmer said. âBe indulgent with us, and someday everything will be better. “
BakeryandSnacks said Canada is only expected to produce two-thirds of the expected durum wheat. Instead of 5 million tonnes in 2021, the world’s largest producer of durum wheat is expected to produce just 3.4 million tonnes. Besides pasta, durum wheat is also used in products such as pizza, couscous, bread, and baked goods.