Ukraine, weather… Burgundy mustard manufacturers fear a shortage of seeds

In the supermarket shelves, in Ile-de-France as in Burgundy, mustard is starting to run out. The April 2021 cold spell in France reduced seed crop yields by 50%. The heat dome that hit Canada in July 2021 had the same effect. “The Ukraine, without being a big producer, represented a backup plan, we were counting on it to make the connection with the next harvest, but this solution fell through. We have no guarantee or visibility beyond the fortnight on supplies,” explains Luc Vandermaesen, managing director of Reine de Dijon (165 employees and 50 million euros in turnover in 2021) and president of the Moutarde de Bourgogne association.

Gathered within the association, the four industrialists based in Côte d’Or (Reine de Dijon in Fleurey-sur-Ouche, European Condiments in Couchey for the Kühne group, Fallot mustard factory in Beaune and Unilever for the Amora and Maille brands in Chevigny-Saint-Sauveur) and Marnais Charbonneaux-Brabant, need 32,000 tonnes of mustard seeds to produce 90% of the French tonnage of mustard paste.


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