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Saturday, April 23, 2022
Sunflower Oil Shortage Hits UK Supermarkets
A war in Ukraine has caused a global sunflower oil shortage. Ukraine is one of the main suppliers of the UK's cooking oil. This increased demand has caused a shortage in sunflower oil across the globe‚ as well as all kinds of other cooking oil products‚ driving prices up. In response to the shortage‚ some UK supermarkets have put limits on purchases online. Waitrose has ceased online purchases altogether.
Liquid soap sales increase by seven percent
In the U.S.‚ liquid soap was introduced a few decades ago. It is available in easily-squeezed containers and comes in various fragrances. In addition‚ the liquid soap offers more convenience compared to solid bars and is more effective in controlling diseases. Moreover‚ the product's increasing demand is supported by various factors such as rising income levels and increasing awareness of sanitation. The market for liquid soap is highly fragmented with many players‚ making it extremely competitive. The key players have built a brand image in the market and are competing to lower the prices of the product. The companies are also focusing on new product launches and expanding their geographical reach. Unilever‚ a global company‚ has recently introduced an eco-friendly brand containing plant-based ingredients. The success of this new brand depends on how well it supports the original line. Unilever wants to sell its products that improve skin health and appearance. Its scientists researched a technology that deposited lipids‚ cholesterol‚ and tryglercides on the skin. The new product ties in with the company's central image and reinforces that message. The company expects that the new liquid soap will help drive sales of the original line. The global population has become more health conscious and aware of sanitation. Using liquid hand soap and hand sanitizers can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and reduce the risk of HFMD. Further‚ the product is more effective than bar soap‚ which reduces the risk of microbial infections by up to 60%. It has also gained traction because of its appeal among younger consumers. A recent survey report from the Journal of Cleaner Production shows that handwashing liquid soap has become an increasingly popular product among consumers. In New Zealand‚ 51% of people spent at least US$ 7 on hand sanitizer each year‚ while 27% of those spending between US$ 35 and US$ 70 spend more than that. And the growth continues to increase in many other countries. The demand for hand sanitizer is booming in the U.S.
Household cleaning products sales increase by 10 percent
The recent COVID-19 scare has prompted Americans to purchase more cleaning products. The category has increased by 34 percent in the last three months‚ with spending on hand sanitizer‚ bar and liquid soap‚ and antiseptics and disinfectants driving the largest gains. Consumers also value the convenience of all-purpose cleaners‚ with sales in the category rising by 10 percent during this time. The scarcity of household cleaning supplies has affected retailers across the country‚ forcing consumers to stock up again. Walmart‚ Publix‚ and other big box stores have been struggling to keep up with the demand for toilet paper towels. Even Amazon has reported that it is out of disinfectant wipes and paper towels. Fortunately‚ household cleaning supplies can be purchased online and in some places‚ and the surge has boosted sales. Despite the shortage‚ some businesses in Katy are still seeing a steady sales volume. Jennifer Pierce‚ territory manager of State Chemical‚ a Katy-based distributor of disinfecting products‚ says the company has increased supplies even before the coronavirus scare. The spike in demand‚ Pierce said‚ is a sign that businesses are ramping up their cleaning procedures and that cleaning supply companies are working around the clock to meet the demand.
Cost of sunflower oil in the UK has gone up 1‚000 per cent
As a result of the war in Ukraine‚ the price of sunflower oil has soared 1‚000 per cent in the UK‚ according to a report published yesterday. The cost of palm oil and wheat has also increased - by as much as 400% and 50% respectively. In addition‚ fertiliser prices have risen as much as 350%. Some manufacturers of products based on sunflower oil are now forced to alter recipes or use other types of oil. Home cooks may cope with the higher costs by trading down to cheaper supermarket own-label oils. But the situation is more complicated for the food and drink industry‚ including restaurants‚ which rely on large amounts of cooking oil. As a result of the war in Ukraine‚ the country's sunflower oil supply has been hit hard. The conflict has reduced sunflower oil production in Ukraine‚ where sunflower oil supplies make up 60 per cent of the world's supply. Ukraine's conflict has harmed sunflower oil exports‚ but Russian sellers are still selling sunflower oil on the world market‚ hoping to attract foreign buyers. The war in Ukraine is affecting the UK‚ as sunflower oil is a crucial ingredient in many food products. A recent report revealed that Iceland has resorted to using palm oil in its own-label products‚ despite announcing plans to switch from palm to sunflower. The company also released a television advert featuring Greenpeace in support of the decision‚ and will launch a new range of products in June. However‚ Walker has not changed his mind and says that the switch to palm oil is temporary. According to the report‚ 70 per cent of the sunflower oil produced in the UK comes from the Ukraine and Russia‚ where the war has put pressure on the region. Some supermarkets have reduced the number of items they sell‚ in order to help prevent panic buying and prevent shortages. Tesco‚ Morrisons and Iceland are limiting sunflower oil purchases‚ but Asda has yet to enforce restrictions. The company has warned that sunflower oil will run out within two months‚ but has reassured shoppers that 'abundance of varieties' of oils is available.
Waitrose limits online sale of anti-bacterial gels
Thousands of people in the UK have been urged to stock up on hand sanitiser‚ toilet paper and anti-bacterial gels‚ after panic buying led to supermarket shelves being emptied. As a precaution‚ supermarkets have also limited the sale of some items - including dried pasta‚ long-life milk‚ tinned vegetables‚ and anti-bacterial gels. Tesco‚ meanwhile‚ has imposed a limit of five items per customer and a two-item limit on anti-bacterial hand sanitiser. Several supermarkets have limited the purchase of cooking oil - limiting customers to two bottles per person‚ while Morrisons has limited purchases to two per person. The UK has become dependent on sunflower oil from Ukraine‚ and the current conflict in the country has affected exports to the UK. This disruption to supplies has led to shortages and increased demand for substitutes. Iceland stores have also limited the purchase of cooking oil‚ saying they will substitute other oil products with their own brand.