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Apr 23, 2008 01:05 PM

Rice Shortage?

DH just came back from Costco and said he couldn't buy rice until tomorrow morning...has anyone else run into this kind of rationing?

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  1. There are a couple of posts about it - including this one:, which links to another thread about rice prices etc.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      thank you...i knew there had to already be a discussion on this...

    2. MSNBC reported today Sams Club is rationing. Max 4 bags per day.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Look- I just came back from the grocery store and a 15 ounce box of Rice Krispies set me back $42 dollars.... a six-pack of repulsively bland rice cakes were $16....a 32 oz. container of rice milk $22....and the lowest end bottle of Sake was $350 this is getting out of hand!!!!!

          I'm just kidding, but I wonder if the last stronghold of cheap eats, the local chinese restaurant is going to start nailing me for the complimentary white rice...

          Bring on the Quinoa....

        2. Come on, you guys. Don't panic. It's the Chinese restauranteurs who are trying to avoid additional price increases. They're trying to stock up (because they are smart!!). The big box stores are trying to serve more customers, so they're trying to restrict this stocking-up. (Even though all their previous advertising would seem to support and encourage stocking-up.)

          Go to your grocery store and buy a 1 pound bag of rice. You'll be fine. UH, unless you're trying to feed many hundreds in the next day or so.

          And, Paulis .. it's really not funny. Making people panic is never funny.


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          1. re: k_d

            Well, this is a very serious issue at many other countries where rice is a staple. People will die and some governments will fall, no doubt.

            1. re: PeterL

              There are rice lines here (Bangladesh) already and many people think that the rice shortage will be the downfall of the provisional government.

              It's a shame that Costco is out of stock and that people are paying higher prices in the States, but when you compare it to the very real threat of starvation that people are facing in developing nations, it's hard to get too worked up about it.

              1. re: lulubelle

                I noticed today, that after two attempts at finding either Basmati or Jasmine rice at both Sam's and Costco's, you can find US domestic rice in large quantities at low prices. I believe the shortage is mostly Basmati and Jasmine rice, and no large bags are available at the warehouse clubs. However, I did see many bags of Riceland rice (US long grain) on my last visit, and today, I saw Mahatma brand long grain rice at $7.98 for a twenty-pound bag, so we don't really have a shortage here except for some of the really popular Asian varieties.(I believe that Mahatma is also US domestic). We may just have to switch varieties, thankfully, but will certainly not suffer the same consequencies as poorer counties.

            2. re: k_d

              uhhhh what if youre asian,and one pound just doesnt cut it.

            3. Guess I better run out and get 50 pounds of rice at Costco, there is a shortage!!
              But what would I do with 50 pounds of rice. Kind of like the toliet paper shortage that Letterman started, sure enough, everyone went out and stocked up and there was a shortage.

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              1. re: duck833

                Actually, I do buy rice in 25 pound bags, as well as my flour. Flour has also had a precipitous price rise. Used to cost me $6, and now it's $9 - just three months later. Pizza places are beginning to try to stock up on their large bags of flour, just like the Chinese restaurants are beginning to load up on rice - all trying to beat the price increases.

                1. re: duck833

                  I believe it was actually Johnny Carson's joke that started the run on TP decades ago.

                  1. re: duck833

                    My wife went to Costco friday afternoon and they were out of the Thai jasmine rice. I returned yesterday morning and they had restocked it. I saw people loading shopping carts full of bags of rice. They were panic buying, but there isn't any shortage of it. I just picked up the the one bag I needed that will last me the month.