Cost of coffee could rise after supply problems amid supermarkets price warning

Retail experts say that the world’s larges producer of coffee – Brazil – has been hit by devastating torrential weather which has hit supplies

Supply problems in South America have been blamed

Caffeine lovers may soon have to fork out more for their coffee hit after the cost of producing the pick-me-up soared.

Retail experts say that the world’s largest producer of coffee – Brazil – has been hit by devastating torrential weather which has hit supplies.

And in Columbian, another coffee exporter, anti-government protests have also had an impact.

Analysts believes that high street chains including Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Costa should avoid price increases, Lancs Live reports.

But supermarket shoppers could be hit by a price hike with fears the supply problems could see a spike in the cost on the shelf.

High street chains are expected to avoid price hikes


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Carlos Mera, commodities market researcher at Rabobank, told The Grocer trade magazine: “There have been challenges almost everywhere.

“Colombian exports have recovered since the protests but there’s a lot of coffee still to be shipped.

“At some point you have to pass higher costs on to the consumer.”

It comes as MPs have been told that it’s too early to say if supermarkets might have problems getting products onto shelves at Christmas.

A shortage in HGV divers due to the pandemic, furlough and Brexit has led to empty shelves across UK stores with several key product lines affected

Wetherspoon also became the latest victim of the HGV driver shortage after it emerged the firm was running low on supplies of some beers.

The pub chain apologised after admitting a number of its 837 outlets had run short of popular brands.

British Retail Consortium director of food and sustainability Andrew Opie said: “Christmas is going to incredibly challenging in some areas.”

But, he added that it is “too early to predict that we’re going to have problems at Christmas.”

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