Tracy Lee Stark
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28 Apr 2022
10:54 am

Watch: Restaurants, retailers hit by cooking oil shortage

Tracy Lee Stark

The war in Ukraine which supplies nearly half of the world's sunflower oil has interrupted shipments and sent cooking oil prices spiralling.

Close up of a man's hands recycling edible oil from a frying pan into a plastic bottle in his home kitchen. Image: Istock

South Africans are likely to experience even more pain when they go grocery shopping in the near future.

Edible oil prices continue to soar, with sunflower oil up by 55% and canola oil by 40%, according to Morne Botes, the commercial director at Southern Oil (SOILL).

Botes said consumers can expect to pay R119.99 for a 2-litre bottle of oil in a month’s time.

At the moment it costs between R80 and R90 on average for a 2-litre bottle of oil in South Africa.