Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Sacré bleu, we’re about to be hit by a croissant shortage


Pals, you’re going to have to sit down: breakfast devastation has hit, and it’s going to be hard to handle the news.

It seems as if we’ve been hit by a bonafide croissant shortage.

Worse still, the pastry pieces that do make it through to the U.K. are about to get one hell of a lot more expensive. 

Croissant woman

Croissants in happier times

According to the Federation of French Bakeries (FEB), the cost of butter has risen from €3 (£2.62) to €5.37 (£4.69) per kilo in a year, which is a whopping 92% rise

This is partly due to an increased demand for milk in Asia, which means that world demand now exceeds supply. However it is also partly due to the fact that EU dairy quotas have recently been phased out: cue an increase in butter prices.

Read more: The important thing to consider before buying those alcoholic ice lollies

All in all, it’s bad news for croissants: as butter makes up 25% of the delicious flaky pastry, we’re going to be howling “quelle horror” until the breakfast staple becomes more readily available.

How can something so tasty cause so much pain?

How can something so tasty cause so much pain?

“We’re worried that we may no longer even be able to find butter in the next few months because supplies are running short and we could be forced to halt production,” the FEB’s Matthieu Labbe told The Telegraph.

Read more: The one thing we’re all doing wrong when drinking fizz

Elsewhere Fabien Castanier (of the federation of French biscuit and cake-makers) told The Guardian:“The industry is under unsustainable pressure. 

“And it’s going to get worse. There’s a real risk of butter running out.”

We imagine that this all means that it’s high-time we returned to the breakfast blues of over-ripe bananas and beige watery porridge.

On the plus side, at least we can avoid the risk of getting annoying pastry crumbs stuck in our bra. 

Photos: Rex Features


dumplings hero.jpg

How dumplings are helping unite migrant women

avocado art.jpg

Intricate avocado art is taking over the internet


Why wine makes us feel emotional before we’ve even opened the bottle


A vanilla ice cream shortage is currently sweeping the UK

But it’s still 99-with-a-flake season!

by Moya Crockett
15 Aug 2017

This mobile artisanal gin bar brings the party straight to your door

Roll up, roll up

by Moya Crockett
14 Aug 2017

We would screw over our friends for free pizza, study says

Well, it is pretty good. Sorry.

by Amy Swales
10 Aug 2017

The gin bauble game just got updated for Christmas 2017

We look forward to trees entirely decorated in things we can eat and drink

by Amy Swales
10 Aug 2017

The untranslatable foreign words all foodies need in their vocabulary

Put down your grief bacon and read this

by Amy Swales
09 Aug 2017

This gin is one of the best in the world – and costs under £10

It keeps topping the polls in industry taste tests, but leaves you change from a tenner

by Amy Swales
27 Jul 2017

These are the UK's best bars for indulging your love of gin

G&T, anyone...?

by Jenny Tregoning
27 Jul 2017

Pink gin has arrived to make our summer 100% better

Our go-to tipple, infused with strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants

by Anna Brech
27 Jul 2017

An espresso martini festival is coming to the UK this summer

All aboard for an homage to the suave and punchy concoction

by Anna Brech
26 Jul 2017

How a 'coffee nap' can supercharge your work day

Brew up the caffeine and then hit snooze

by Anna Brech
26 Jul 2017