Rice Shortage Hits Home

Arion Chanaff, Executive Chef of Cafe Bella
Arion Chanaff, Executive Chef of Cafe Bella
Rob Bell, Chop Chop Japanese Steakhouse
Rob Bell, Chop Chop Japanese Steakhouse

The price of rice is skyrocketing as the global rice shortage continues to grow.

Today major retailer Sam's Club announced it is limiting the sale of jasmine, basmati, and long grain white rices to four bags per member visit.

Newschannel 10 spoke with local restauranteers who are also battling rice prices.

Fom $20 to $40 in four months. That's what a local chef says he now pays for a 50 lb. bag of his popular jasmine rice.

Executive Chef of Cafe Bella Arion Chanaff says, "You have to be concerned about things when there's a shortage. I don't forsee us having a restaurant without rice in it. But possibly what we'll have to do is to increase our costs we didn't have a year ago or even six months ago."

But he says stocking up before prices continue to rise is not an option. "Rice is something that takes alot of space and we do not have the space here at cafe bella so we're probably gonna have to just tought it out and go with what the prices are doing and react accordingly.

The restaurant owner of Chop Chop Japanese Steakhouse is already making adjustments.

Rob Bell says,"We did some price increases to kind of compensate for that and we also added some alternative items. We added noodles to our items to kind of off set it."

The shortage has been attributed to several things including floods, drought, the cost of transport, and countries restricting shipments.