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Disgruntled customers take to Twitter over hummus shortage in some British stores

Disgruntled British customers started tweeting at department stores that were recently confronted with a shortage of hummus. Several supermarkets pulled their products off the shelves after they received complains regarding strange taste.

Some tweets came with pictures showing the empty shelves while other customers complained that their favourite product has been missing from their stores for a significant amount of time.


Some stores saw the funny side of the hummus shortage and posted recipes on the shelves that used to store the products.

Sainsbury’s, one of the chains that faces hummus shortage responded to customers saying that they are working towards getting the products back on the shelves as soon as possible. According to the Independent, the shortage was created by a production problem that their suppliers were faced with.

Most of the complains came form stores in York, Essex and Chiswick.

Hummus is one of the most popular dips in Great Britain and a 2011 BBC article showed that Britain gets through 12,000 tonnes of hummus a year, worth over £60m. Hummus has been selling in UK since the 1980s and Marks and Spencer, one of the companies that has been confronted with the shortage, introduced the popular dip on its shelves in the 1990. Tesco, another chain facing a hummus crisis has reported selling over 30 million pots a year.

And the British are not the only ones to have fallen in love with hummus. As USA Today reported, Americans have also become humus aficionados with farmers quadrupling their production of chickpeas to meet demand.

Hummus is a Levantine dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic and its a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine.


Sylvia Jacob