A global chickpea shortage has caused the price of a tub of hommus to soar by almost 30 per cent in countries such as the UK.

Tasneem Backhouse, joint managing director at EHL Ingredients, told The Grocer that chickpea prices increased during 2017 and remain high.

He said demand was strong from every market and there isn't enough supply due to poor crops in some of the main producing origin nations over the past 12 months.

This comes after last year's UK hommus crisis, in which a factory default resulted in "fizzy, metallic-tasting" spread which had to be pulled from shelves.

It is believed that less than 20 per cent of households buy retail hommus in Australia.