Brits warned we face horror chip shortage as demand for potatoes soars in Europe

The UK is facing a shortage of our beloved chips due to high demand for British spuds from the continent.

A “perfect storm” of soaring inflation, labour shortages, environmental disaster, Brexit, rising fuel and distribution costs, plus the continuing impact of Covid, will trigger food shortages and spiralling bills, Lynx Purchasing reported.

Frozen chips are likely to be particularly ­affected, with a warning of steep price rises.

Rachel Dobson, of the catering firm, said: “Floods in Europe have affected potato growers and processors there, with varieties grown for frozen chips affected.

“UK pubs and restaurants, serving popular dishes like fish and chips, could find their usual supplier isn’t able to deliver.

“The shortage abroad is likely to have a knock-on effect on availability of UK-grown potatoes and, come Christmas, we could find that the roast potato, a staple of festive dinners, is also in short supply.

“The same labour shortages hospitality is ­seeing on the front line stretch back through the supply chain via warehousing and distribution to picking and packing.”

The report also warned cooks face a global shortage of vege­table oil, while the costs of other food stuffs, such as rice and coffee, are expected to yo-yo in the coming the months.

Chip-loving nations Belgium, Germany and Holland were among countries hit by flooding last month, which killed at least 228 people and destroyed homes, businesses and mainland Europe’s potato crop.

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