Why do prices increase? They happen for many reasons:
Good or bad, these factors affect the pocketbook. But what can we do? We have no control over wars or weather, but we can learn where our oils come from and be aware of events and conditions that may affect us. Where shipping is concerned, we can exercise vigilance in ordering to save on shipping costs. Finally, we can put our knowledge of fatty acids and other properties of oils to work and make substitutions when the situation calls for them.
We are subject to world markets, like any business. Much of it is unavoidable, but taking these few steps will give us some control over price increases.