We are about to be in a serious ketchup shortage... as well as a salsa and spaghetti sauce shortage.
Companies who make anything involving tomatoes are having a really tough time sourcing them. There's been a massive drought that wiped out a majority of tomatoes in California.
So far, ketchup prices have increased by 23-percent over the course of a year.
“We desperately need rain,” head of California Tomato Growers Association Mike Montna told Bloomberg. “We are getting to a point where we don’t have inventory left to keep fulfilling the market demand.”
Fingers crossed the heatwave the U.S. is experiencing will break soon and we can get things back on track. In the meantime, places with cooler climates like northern California and China will produce more tomatoes.