Why Canada’s to blame for the global Dijon mustard shortage

Fans of the well-crafted burger beware: a Dijon mustard crunch is set to hit Canadian shelves soon.

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France is already feeling the brunt of the shortage due to low production of mustard domestically and here in Canada. One expert says it is only a matter of time before the full impact of the shortage is felt internationally.

Food delivery analyst and Dalhousie University professor Sylvain Charlebois said in an interview that the shortage can be attributed to several reasons.


“The mustard crop in Canada was not very good last year,” he said. “So it’s been a challenge.” Drought in the prairie last year significantly affected mustard production, which is particularly problematic as Canada is the second largest producer of mustard in the world.

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