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Don't Panic, But There's A 'Global Halloumi Shortage'

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Don't Panic, But There's A 'Global Halloumi Shortage'

Not to alarm you but a global halloumi shortage may be causing the price of the beloved cheese to rise, according to some experts.

An increase in demand in other countries, such as China, may have caused some stores in the UK to struggle to purchase enough to keep stock levels up and shoppers happy.

The average price of halloumi is up by 12 per cent from this time last year, and it has increased by five per cent in the last month alone, according to data analysed by The Grocer.

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Aldi was even forced to ration its popular frozen halloumi fries to just two boxes per customer at one time to allow everyone to try out the cheese. The price was up by 30p from last year from £1.99 to £2.29.

Analysts Edge by Ascential for the publication said us Brits are obsessed with the Cypriot cheese, and the UK accounts for 43 per cent of exports of the cheese from Cyprus.

Staggeringly, as a country, we also consumed 12,000 tonnes of halloumi every year.

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The magazine said: "Demand for halloumi is also surging across the rest of Europe and in China where consumers have recently developed an appetite for the cheese.

"Last year, producers in Cyprus warned they were already struggling to keep up with demand and an export deal with China might lead to shortages in the UK."

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According to the data, Morrisons has seen the biggest increase in price (and by biggest, we mean a few pence).

Morrisons 200g pack of Ebru Hellim Grill Cheese is up by 15p, a total increase of 12 per cent.

Meanwhile, other supermarkets have currently only added just a couple of pence onto the price.

The price of Waitrose's 'Essential' halloumi increased from 3p to £2.28, and Sainsbury's halloumi increased from £2.20 to £2.30, while its Taste The Difference rose to £3.10.

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There's also 'fake' halloumi making its way onto the market, which means it's not made in Cyprus and without the correct ingredients.

Cheesus, this isn't good.

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Topics: Halloumi, Food And Drink

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