Why is there a mustard shortage in France?

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UK holidaymakers heading to France are being advised to bring their own mustard this summer

France is currently suffering from a mustard shortage and the popular condiment is hard to find on supermarket shelves.

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The situation is described as “pretty bad,” with “retail prices up by as much as 25 percent.”

Holidaymakers from the UK have been advised to bring their own mustard this summer.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the mustard shortage in France

France is currently in the midst of a mustard shortage (Image: Getty Images)

Why is there a shortage of mustard in France?

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The mustard shortages in France are believed to be caused by a combination of drought affecting mustard seed growth and supply problems due to the war in Ukraine.

While the Burgundy and Dijon regions are famous for their mustard, France imports most of its mustard seeds from Canada.

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However, Canada has been hit by unseasonably hot weather and a drought has halted production.

In France, mustard seed production has steadily declined after crops were damaged by wet winter and cold spring temperatures.

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The war in Ukraine is also having a negative impact, as France cannot source either mustard seeds from Russia or products from Ukraine.

Mustard Seeds are needed to make the Spice, without them you cannot have Mustard.

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Luc Vandermaesen, head of the Mustard Association of Burgundy, told CBC News in Canada: “It’s pretty bad. The shelves are pretty empty.”

He also explained The New York Times that he got up to 50 calls a day from people trying to find a jar.

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He added: “The main problem is climate change and the result is this shortage.

“We are unable to respond to the orders we are receiving and retail prices have increased by up to 25 percent, reflecting the rising cost of seeds.”

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Which type of mustard is affected?

The mustard shortage is affecting growers in Burgundy and Dijon, who rely on imported seeds to make their product.

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Local French producers using seeds grown in France are unaffected by the shortage and are finding that their mustard is in high demand.

Mustard producer Ghislain Durand, who lives in the town of Castelnaudary in southern France, usually takes July off for his summer holidays, but this year there has been an influx of people wanting his mustard.

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Speak with CNNDurand said, “I have to keep working because of this mustard shortage because I have an unexpected backlog of orders and I need to be able to make the best of this situation.

“It’s very beneficial for my business, I have to admit. In the last four months the increase has been so violent and rapid that it is difficult to follow.”

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The businessman has quadrupled his profits, and tourists who used to buy a pot or two of the stuff are deciding to stock up.

Durand said, “Now grab about ten! They see mustard and pounce on it.”

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A patron spreads mustard on his sausages (Photo: Getty Images)

When will the mustard shortage end?

The shortage is not expected to end any time soon.

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Growers in Dijon and Burgundy have already harvested this year’s mustard seed crop, which is expected to arrive at the factories in the autumn.

The crop in Canada falls later in the year and it is not yet known if the crop has recovered from the drought.

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Mustard supplies are not expected to normalize before at least 2023.

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