Russian-Ukraine War’s Effect on Wheat and Corn Supply

With Ukraine supplying 16% of corn and 12% of wheat for global markets, and Russia providing 17% of global wheat needs, the war between their countries is impacting food supplies and prices.

Ukraine had a bumper crop of corn for the 2021-2022 year, but only a little over half has been shipped out.  Now, with ports closed and conflict raging, commercial vessels can no longer access this critical commodity.

In addition, spring crops need to be planted, and it is unclear to […]

Coffee Beans Brewing High Prices

A perfect storm of calamities in the coffee supply chain are brewing up record high prices.

Prices are up as much as 60% this year at levels not seen since 2011.  Brazil, where 40 percent of the world’s Arabic coffee is grown, recently suffered from both a severe frost and a drought.  It is estimated that 25 percent of the world’s coffee was lost as a result.  Increasing costs of fertilizers, labor, packaging, and transportation are adding to the woes of […]

Short-Term Fry Rationing for McDonald’s Japan

Desperate to satisfy demand for one of its most popular items, McDonald’s Japan flew three 747’s full of frozen fries from the U.S. in the final days of 2021.

For the week beginning December 24, customers in Japan were limited to purchasing only small size fry orders to try to ration available inventory fairly.  Medium and large orders are said to be restored to the menu now that the rush airlift has arrived.


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Price Hikes on Toilet Paper and More

Just when it seemed like the toilet paper crisis was finally under control, Kimberly Clark is making headlines again.

The second largest toilet paper manufacturer in the U.S. is planning hikes to its list prices beginning in June 2021.  This time, the primary disruptor is commodity prices rather than the pandemic hoarding that stripped shelves bare this time last year.


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