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In Indonesia, all eyes on Indomie noodles as inflation benchmark

Wheat supply disruption threatens affordability of a national dish

Indomie instant-noodle packets tempt shoppers from the shelf at a supermarket in Jakarta. (Photo by Koya Jibiki)

JAKARTA -- As the shock waves from the Ukraine war ripple across the globe, people in Indonesia are particularly concerned about paying more to put food on the table, especially their favorite instant noodles.

Noodle prices will rise, predicted Airlangga Hartarto, the Indonesian coordinating minister for economic affairs, at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos in late May. He was expressing concern in the context of the global wheat insecurity stemming from the Ukraine crisis.

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