(CNN) -- Retail chain Sam's Club will limit the sale of large quantities of rice amid a dramatic increase in the global price of rice.
Already feeling the pinch from soaring wheat and flour prices, U.S. bakers are now beginning to experience some supply shortages.
Rye flour stocks have been depleted in the United States, and by June or July there will be no more U.S. rye flour to purchase, said Lee Sanders, senior vice president for government relations and public affairs at the American Bakers Association.
For bakers, rye grain is not the only supply stock that is declining. In the past the market has typically had a three-month surplus of wheat stocks to serve as a cushion against supply interruptions, but now the surplus is down to less than 27 days worth of wheat, Sanders said.I have to go to Whole Foods today and replenish my supply of brown rice and am interested to see what I find. It is always been hard to find good brown rice in this country since most of the production in the U.S. goes to white polished rice. I have several online sources for organic brown rice but I imagine that since they are small family producers their supplies will be depleted rather quickly.