The two supermarkets are limiting the amount of cooking oil customers can buy due to the war in Ukraine, affecting supplies around the world
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Supermarkets Morrisons and Waitrose have started to limit the amount of cooking oil customers can buy due to shortages caused by the war in Ukraine.
Both supermarkets only have two bottles of cooking oil 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 about half of world supplies.
Russia produces slightly less, but the two countries together account for about 80% of all sunflower oil.
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The war means shortages of sunflower oil, and buyers are buying other cooking oils instead. As a result, Waitrose and Morrisons have now introduced restrictions on all oils.
Both supermarkets have put up signs in stores to inform customers of the new rules.
A Waitrose spokesman said: “We want to ensure customers continue to have a choice of cooking oil so we ask that they not purchase more than two units at a time.”
Morrisons has implemented the same rule, The Express reports – with the same restrictions applying to customers shopping online.
Morrisons was contacted for comment.
Around 50% of the sunflower oil used by fish and chip shops comes from Ukraine, leading to fears that the price of takeaway food will rise.
The shortage is also threatening the supply of Ireland’s favorite snack, Tayto chips.
The UK grows enough oilseeds for 80% of our needs but has to import the rest.
Russia is also the second largest crude oil producer in the world.
It supplies a third of Europe’s oil, raising fears that supplies may be limited due to the conflict with Ukraine.
Rising oil prices will increase the cost of growing and harvesting food and 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.
This has been blamed on a ‘tsunami’ of rising farm costs, with experts citing steep increases in fuel, fertilizer and animal feed.
Much of this is due to the ongoing war that Russia has started against Ukraine.
The result is that the price of four pints of milk could rise from £1.15 to between £1.60 and £1.70, according to UK dairy consultants Kite Consulting.
A typical pack of butter could go from £1.55 to over £2.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/morrisons-waitrose-start-rationing-cooking-26697438 Morrisons and Waitrose begin rationing cooking oil as supplies run low due to war in Ukraine