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Raisin shortage could be about to put up the price of hot cross buns

Eat as many hot cross buns as you can before they get mega expensive
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We’re well into hot cross bun season.

Toasted and slathered in butter or cold, straight from the packet, nothing says spring quite like a strange fruity bap.

But if you were planning on leaving it a little longer before you start having them for breakfast, you might want to reconsider – because the price of hot cross buns is set to soar due to a raisin shortage.

Over in California, farmers are struggling to produce the quantities of dried fruit necessary, with US raising prices having risen by 50% since September.

They’re producing increasingly fewer sultanas, current and raisins – preferring instead to focus on other crops which may yield greater returns.

It’s all down to a pesky heatwave.

It’s thought that 275,000 tonnes of raisins will be produced in 2017-18 in the sunshine state, which is an 8% reduction on last year and is 15% below the five-year average.

Traditional British Dishes. Easter hot cross buns
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And that’s meant British bakeries having to look elsewhere for their dried fruits, including Turkey and Greece.

That, in turn, has sent the price of Turkish sultanas soaring by 30%. While some bakeries are also looking to Oz for help, Australian production seems to be weeks behind previous seasons due again to unfavourable weather conditions.

Basically, raisins are a no-go this year.

So, eat as many buns while you can still afford to.

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