South Korea turns to rice flour as wheat hit by inflation and supply chain challenges

Rice Flour
Wheat Flour
South Korea
Published Sep 29, 2022

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South Korea has announced new plans to utilise rice flour as a substitute for wheat flour where possible to combat rising inflation and supply chain challenges.

Original content

The turmoil in Russia and Ukraine has caused rising global concerns of wheat shortage - as together both markets make up roughly a quarter of global wheat supply - and this situation has been further exacerbated by wheat export bans being implemented in some major wheat producing markets like India. While many countries have not had much choice other than to look for alternative wheat sources or succumb to higher prices, South Korea is looking at a more innovative way of plugging this gap whilst building up its wheat supply – by turning to rice flour as a substitute. This initiative was announced by the South Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) recently, likely in hopes of keeping public spirits up and providing reassurance during the upcoming Chuseok (Mid-Autumn) festive season in mid-September, as this is one of the nation’s largest festive events. “Rice flour is very advantageous as a substitute for wheat flour [as] it has a dense starch structure and ...
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