The Supersol and Blue Square supermarket chains have begun limiting the amount of rice customers can purchase, according to Haaretz. Each buyer may take only two one-kilogram bags of rice. Major supermarkets in the United States made a similar decision to limit the purchase of rice last week, imposing a consumption limit for the first time in decades.
The limits were set due to a worldwide rice shortage after major exporters such as Vietnam, India, and Egypt decided to stop exports in order to ensure an adequate food supply for their own growing populations. The price of rice has risen by approximately 50 percent worldwide in response, and is expected to increase by 30-70 percent in Israel. Other basic food items, such as flour, sugar, and oil, are expected to increase in price by approximately 10 percent.