Morrisons and Waitrose start rationing cooking oil as stocks run out due to war in Ukraine
Both supermarkets are limiting the amount of cooking oil customers can buy due to the war in Ukraine, which is having a knock-on effect on supplies worldwide
Morrisons and Waitrose supermarkets have started limiting the amount of cooking oil customers can buy due to war-induced shortages in Ukraine.
Both supermarkets have limited bottles of cooking oil to two per customer.
The rationing is due to the fact that the Russian war in Ukraine affected the production of sunflower oil.
Ukraine is the world’s largest producer of sunflower oil, accounting for around half of global supplies.
Russia produces slightly less, but the two countries together produce around 80% of all sunflower oil.
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The war means sunflower oil shortages and in turn buyers are buying other cooking oils instead, so now Waitrose and Morrisons have introduced limits on all oils.
Both supermarkets have put up signs in stores to inform customers of the new rules.
A Waitrose spokesperson said: “We want to ensure customers continue to have a choice of cooking oil, so we ask that they buy no more than two units each.”
Morrisons introduced the same rule, The Express reports – with the same restrictions applicable to customers who buy online.
Morrisons has been approached for comment.
Around 50% of the sunflower oil used by fish and chip shops comes from Ukraine, raising fears the price of takeaways could rise.
The shortage is also threatening supply of Ireland’s favorite snackTayto Chips.
The UK produces enough oilseeds for 80% of our needs, but has to import the rest.
Russia is also the world’s second largest producer of crude oil.
It provides a third of Europe’s oil, raising fears that supplies may be tight due to the conflict with Ukraine.
Rising oil prices will increase the cost of farming and harvesting food, as well as transporting it to stores.
The cost of milk could soon rise by more than 50%, experts warn, meaning Britons could soon be paying 80p instead of 60p for a pint.
A ‘tsunami’ of rising farm costs has been blamed for it, with experts reporting steep increases in fuel, fertilizer and animal feed.
This is largely due to the ongoing war launched by Russia against Ukraine.
The result is that the price of four pints of milk could drop from £1.15 to between £1.60 and £1.70, according to UK dairy adviser Kite Consulting.
A typical packet of butter can go from £1.55 to over £2.