Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and Co. – Now there is a risk of rice shortages

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In supermarkets and discount stores such as Aldi, Rewe, Lidl and Edeka, customers are often faced with empty shelves. Oil and flour are in short supply, now the next bottleneck is imminent.

Kassel: Empty shelves at Aldi*, Lidl*, Rewe* and Co. are now not uncommon. Food shortages are one of the consequences of the war in Ukraine*. Hamster purchases of flour, oil and pasta do not exactly improve the situation. Supermarkets and discount stores react to this and regulate the sale of these foods. This could soon be the case for another staple food.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, in the week from March 7 to 13, 2022, twice as much oil was purchased than before the start of the Ukrainian war. Flour sales have even tripled. Rice, too, could soon be in short supply on supermarket shelves. No wonder, as the popular food is a good alternative to pasta, bread, and other grain products.

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Oryza sativa and Oryza glaberrima

Aldi, Lidl, Rewe: The next staple could be in short supply

Also, rice has a long shelf life and contains some healthy ingredients. In addition to magnesium, iron, and zinc, rice contains vitamin E. Rice also provides potassium, fiber, and other minerals that are important for muscle development and blood formation, among other things. Now the food seems to be even more popular with consumers: According to Manager Magazin, 74% more rice was bought in the second week of March than in 2021. This is shown by data from the market research institute IRI.

Empty shelves in supermarkets and discount stores: oil, flour and pasta are rare due to the Ukraine conflict. (Iconic image) © Christoph Soeder/dpa

After pasta and flour: Rice could get more expensive at Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and Co.

If consumers also stockpile rice, this could mean that Aldi, Lidl, Edeka* and Co. would also have to regulate the sale of rice. Grocery prices in supermarkets have gone up anyway*. Rice could also be more expensive in the supermarket. This is also due to the cost of transporting food: oil prices have risen as a result of the Ukraine conflict*. There were already problems with the supply chains at the beginning of the Corona* pandemic, when toilet paper, flour and yeast were in short supply.

First Corona, then the Ukraine war – you can’t always prepare for emergency situations. The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) has drawn up an emergency list for these cases:

Water 20 liters
Cereals, cereal products, bread, potatoes, pasta, rice 3.5 kilograms
vegetables, legumes 4.0 kilograms
fruits, nuts 2.5 kilograms
dairy products, milk 2.6 kilograms
Fish, meat, eggs, whole egg powder 1.5 kilograms
fats, oils 0.357 kilograms
Sugar, ready meals, honey, iodized salt, cracker sticks, etc. at will

Experts: Food crisis due to war in Ukraine not ruled out

In early March 2020, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach warned of an impending food crisis* in view of the conflict in Ukraine. He urged people to eat less meat. This means that more cereals and soybeans can be grown. Lauterbach had referred to a Twitter post by Bernd Ulrich. He is deputy editor-in-chief of Die Zeit. In his tweet he spoke of a global food crisis.

Eggs could also be in short supply in supermarkets shortly before Easter: Due to the Ukraine conflict, energy and animal feed prices have risen. As a result, farmers will be able to care for and raise fewer chickens in the coming months and will no longer be able to maintain Germany’s egg supply. (ter) * is an offer of IPPEN.MEDIA.

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