Garlic availability rebounds

After some (personally) nervous moments during the onset of the pandemic, the garlic supply seems to be in good shape.

China is responsible for about 80% of the world’s production of garlic and 2/3rds of US purchases.  Shipping from slowed and there were additional labor issues at the production level. Prices of course skyrocketed as supply fell, rising in some markets by as much as 60%.

Traders took advantage of the price spikes and unloaded inventories. New production has come on-line and so May saw new record in exports of garlic to the US. Prices have returned to pre-COVID levels.

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