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The next time you’re at the store, scanning the aisles for your gingerbread ingredients, you may notice one key item isn’t there. The sugar shortage in the country is about to make things difficult for your holiday baking.
Small businesses across Western Canada have seen higher prices and lower supplies as 138 striking workers in one of Canada’s few sugar processing facilities, owned by Rogers Sugar, have been off work since September 28.
The strike is going into its seventh week as they demand better wages and benefits, and are clashing with Roger Sugar’s proposal to increase operations to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
What does that mean for you, the at-home baker?
Although the strike mostly affects B.C., its impact can be felt throughout most western provinces.
Roger Sugar’s chief financial officer JS Couillard acknowledged that although the strike has indeed resulted in localized supply shortages, customers can still get their hands on the company’s “ample supply” of other products such as bulk sugars and liquid sugars.
The Toronto Star reported that while bags of sugar used to cost $24 to $28, they now go for as much as $50 to $62.
Meanwhile, Vancouver-based bakers and candy-makers say that they’re hoping to keep up with holiday demands.
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