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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Lack of mustard seeds pushing Quebec sauce producers to scramble

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Key takeaways: 

  • Ready to spend more for the classic hot dog garnish.
  • This summer, a global need for mustard seeds means the condiment could be scarce.

When Simon-Pierre Murdock learned from his suppliers that there might be a lack of mustard seeds this year, he purchased as many of them as he could — almost 20 tonnes worth.

Murdock is the president and creator of Canada Sauce, a firm from Saguenay, Que., that makes sauces, including the yellow mustard usually put on hot dogs.

“It was the right guess,” he said. “We have to make this kind of move [to follow].”

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When Simon-Pierre Murdock learned from his suppliers that there might be a lack of mustard seeds this year, he purchased as many of them as he could — almost 20 tonnes worth

Murdock said his firm couldn’t afford to run out of seeds as a small startup trying to crack into the Canadian market. “If we don’t have the store chain, we cannot make our plan,” he stated.

Quebec mustard producers observe an expanded demand for the condiment, but the seeds needed to make it are low.

“Prior year’s mustard seed harvest was terrible,” explained Julien Morin, owner and founder of La Morin, a Montreal-based firm that makes mustard products.

Canada is the world’s biggest producer of mustard seed, most of it planted in the southern prairie areas of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Source – cbc.ca

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