How does the rising price of wheat flour affect the homemade noodle business?
Just over the past 2 years or so, we have been facing several uncertainties and challenges from the pandemic to crisis in dining business to disrupted global logistics to a war, which has now been causing the global price of wheat to rise.
By: Yamato MFG
As a manufacturer of commercial noodle machines, designed for restaurants, we are also concerned over the news and what's been going on in the world and how this is going to affect our customers. Because wheat flour is the main part of noodles, depending on the effects, this could have large impacts on our customers' businesses. So, we really want to know how much impact this is going to bring. And if it is very big, we may want to start looking for alternatives or some kinds of solutions to this emerging problem.
For restaurants to offer noodle menus, there are basically two ways to source noodles. They can either buy them from a noodle factory or make them on their own. To buy noodles from a local noodle factory, we would have to do Internet search to find reliable noodle suppliers. If we can find them in our neighborhood, that'd be good because the shipping cost may be small. If we need to get them from somewhere far, the shipping cost would be high because the noodles may need to be frozen, etc.
The pandemic contributed to increasingly high shipping costs due to a few reasons. There's fewer flights due to travel restrictions (Commercial flights are used also to transport goods, and with fewer flights, the cost of a commercial flight is higher.)
For ocean shipments, there's less workers available at seaports for unloading and onloading containers on cargo ships, slowing down ocean shipping and resulting in fewer available shipments between ports. This slow global shipping has been disrupting global supply chains and affecting many food suppliers, especially ones that import and distribute food items.
How the ricing wheat flour price would affect homemade noodles (yamatonoodle.com)