Posted by admin | Posted in dieting | Posted on 26-04-2012-05-2008
Heavy rains and a cut in the land used for growing rye has sent the crop price rocketing, it was revealed.
That means paying more for the kind of cracker-style crisp breads that is the staple food for millions of slimmers in Britain.
Ryvita packs (250g) have gone up from 88p to 99p in the past year according to trade journal The Grocer.
It is thanks to a series of events. all grain prices, including rye, have doubled since the beginning of 2010 thanks to a worldwide shortage caused by freak weather conditions across the globe.
But after recovering, last year’s rye crop was hit again last harvest when heavy rains ruined the crop in major producing coutnries like Poland and Germany. It hit the quality of the crop which means there was still enough lower grade rye to be turned into animal feed but not as much for human consumption.
That meant further increases to around to £245 a tonne, said The Grocer, which is why Ryvita and own label rivals have seen such high price increases.
But it may not end there. Even if the weather remains good for this year’s harvest in countries like Poland and Germany, there could be further price hikes, said The Grocer.
That is because many farmers have decided to stop growing rye and try and grow more profitable crops instead.
The amount of land available for rye growing in Europe has shrunk by around 10 per cent in the past year from three million hectares to around 2.7 million hectares.
This will mean that even with perfect weather, there will be less rye than a normal year and that could lead to further price rises. Then there is the possibility of other factors like fuel prices which may or may not rise this summer.
Reimer Mohr, a grains expert with analysts Hanse Agro told The Grocer: “We had a lot of rain at harvest time in Germany and Poland, both leading producers.”
But he also predicted that all the price rises could persuade more land to be given over to rye growing which in turn could bring more stability back to the market.