“Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It’s made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!” – Roald Dahl
The met office revealed the average temperature from March to May was just 43F.
We had to re-evaluate the price we charged for our products due to our oatmeal prices rising 50%, our beef dripping by 75% an muntok white pepper, which soared by an incredible 350%.
Further news arose this week of the effects it’s having on food production as a whole.
Britain is expected to import nearly 2.5 million tonnes of wheat this year to cover the shortfall.
But it’s not just wheat that has suffered. Oilseed rape and oats have suffered along with sugar beet that has been hit by a mystery condition that has stopped seeds germinating and has reduced production by 50% in some areas.
The British Agriculture Bureau earlier this year revealed flooding had caused £1.3bn of damage in 2012.
Thankfully it’s not doom and gloom for everyone. Britain biggest strawberry grower Harry Hall predicts the long winter will make for a succulent soft fruit crop.
At the moment food prices don’t look likely to be affected too much. But Weetabix did have to stop production of some of its breakfast cereals as a result of the disastrous wheat harvest in April.
If the extreme weather caused a surge in prices, what would be the first food you would cross off your weekly shopping list? Have you noticed a lack of any products in your supermarkets from this time last year?