Japan’s potato chip makers battle it out as spud supplies recover

Japan’s potato chip makers battle it out as spud supplies recoverFive months after a potato shortages caused a halt in the sales of some potato chip products, competition is now intensifying between two major snack makers as they return to normal operations. Calbee Inc. and rival Koike-Ya Inc. will resume sales of almost all of their potato chip brands within the month, after securing an adequate supplies of potatoes. The two companies also plan to launch new snack products. The companies suspended or ended sales of some brands of their potato chips this spring, after a poor potato crop in Hokkaido due to flood damage caused by typhoons last summer. Since then, Calbee has made efforts to diversify its sources of raw materials. Koike-Ya plans to promote mechanization and expand joint operations to deal with manpower shortages at farms. More