Who doesn’t love chocolate? Learning about the origins and history
There are few things more terrifying in this world than the possibility that we won’t be able to access chocolate anymore, but if you’re not a chocoholic don’t worry: the fear of luxury food shortages will reach us all. Here are the most terrifying shortages to prepare for.
1. Bourbon and whiskey
Due to the fact that these drinks require 8-10 years of aging at minimum, distilleries simply can’t keep up with demand. Some makers are diluting their liquor, while others are just raising prices.
Although this scare turned out to be more marketing tactics than actual shortage, wine availability was decreasing until 2012, but started to bounce back in 2013.
Almonds are one of California’s biggest exports, but due to the huge drought in California, almond crops are failing. Prices have been jumping as a result and aren’t expected to fall any time soon.
Another problem with droughts has impacted olives. Spain is the largest producer, but after a seriously hot summer in 2013 and 2014, there’s a serious lack of olives and olive oil on the market.
5. Goat cheese
More and more people are starting to love the flavor of a good goat cheese, but unfortunately that raised demand can’t be met by producers. New producers are trying to get into the business, but the milk is already spoken for by the established cheesemakers. There has also been a cull of goats after a bad fever went around, making the milk even more rare.
Brazil is currently in the midst of one of its most serious droughts in history, which is bad for coffee lovers because Brazil is one of the main producers of coffee beans.
The Ivory Coast is one of the biggest producers of cocoa beans, and just like many of the other shortages, there’s been drought conditions there in the last few years. That’s led to short supply and higher prices.
8. Sriracha sauce
One brief but utterly terrifying shortage was caused when the factory that made sriracha hot sauce had to close down because the fumes were causing neighbors problems like headaches and burning eyes. They managed to stay in business though, and the shortage was averted.