Nahim Aslam's company is having to find an extra £140 every week just to buy rice now prices have risen.
They get through sack-loads at his Indian restaurant in
So why doesn't he just pass it on to his customers who're hardly going to complain at a serving of boiled rice going up from, say, £1.50 to £2?
His answer is simple. It would mean having to pay designers and printers to produce a new menu, which in itself would cost a small fortune.
So he's stuck, absorbing the cost himself.
Greater Manchester's Chamber of Commerce says some restaurant owners on the city's "Curry Mile" are so worried at the rising cost of produce - for example cooking oil and lentils have both gone up too - that there are fears staff may have to be laid off.
Forty percent of it is basmati rice from
"Supply has not kept pace with the demand for rice, which has gone up as populations increase.
"So over the last five years there's been a steep decline in stocks. Before, some 35% of annual supply would come from reserves. Now that figure's just 15%."
But the economic crunch in rice prices is also a result of social changes.
"Basmati rice used to be essentially an export commodity in
Rises in the price of rice don't affect the majority of consumers in the
Although there are significant communities - South Asian, Chinese and others - for whom it is a problem.
For families, the grocery bills are getting bigger at home. And for those in the restaurant or take-away trade, profits are being squeezed.
Source : BBC News