Vanilla Shortage Could Drive Up Ice Cream Prices

Why Ice Cream Could Become A Luxury Item

Ice cream lovers, beware: America's favorite dessert could become a luxury item after this year's poor vanilla crop harvest.

Perhaps worst of all, the shortage could push the price of ice cream up by around 10 percent. Over the past two months, the global price of vanilla jumped from $25 per kilo (2.2 lbs) to between $35 and $40 per kilo, Management Today reports.

"It is the most expensive ingredient in ice cream production per kilogram, so it is highly likely that some producers will not be able to absorb the extra cost," Nick Peska, business development director at Mintec told Management Today.

A bulk of the world's vanilla is grown in Madagascar, Indonesia, India and Mexico, with the latter two countries having seen a drop in production over the past year, according to the Daily Mail.

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