Nov 5, 2021 - Economy

Climbing wheat prices drive cost of pizza, pastries higher

Wheat futures
Data: FactSet (CBT continuous contract); Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

The cost of pizza and pastries is on the rise. Wheat prices have climbed to an eight-year high as inclement weather has damaged a wide swath of the world’s crop.

The big picture: Global protectionism plays into this as well.

  • China holds much of the world’s wheat crop, but doesn’t sell much of that stockpile abroad, Bloomberg reports.
  • Russia recently started taxing wheat exports, in a bid to hang on to more of its supply, the report says.

Of note: Wheat isn’t alone among food staples getting more expensive — but it is one of the more extreme cases.

  • In a report out Thursday, the United Nations’ food and agriculture arm estimated that global food costs were up about 3% in October, compared to the month before.
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