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Hummus is now a hot commodity after global dip in chickpea supply

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People in Britain and Hummus have been two peas in a pod, but this time they seem to be in a pickle after news about a global chickpea shortage struck social media.

The commodity’s global supply dip has resulted in a price increase by nearly a third, reported The Independent.

Quoting the British magazine on grocery sales, The Grocer, “in January 2017, the average 310g tub of hummus cost £1.14 ($1.62). Now however, that has increased by 33p (or 29 per cent) to £1.47 ($2.09).”

The joint managing director at EHL Ingredients, Tasneem Backhou, said that “Chickpea prices increased during 2017 and remain high.”

“Demand is strong from every market and currently there isn’t enough supply to go around. This is driven by poor crops in some of the main producing origin nations over the past 12 months,” she added.