Chips/Fries/Starch

Crop failures in Germany to impact crisp market

The heat wave in Germany also affects the harvest of potato varieties needed to make potato crisps. Due to the extreme climatic situation this summer, there is the threat of up to 30 percent crop failures in the country. Furthermore, the expected smaller tuber sizes will mean that more potatoes are needed to produce a single bag of potato crisps than in years with an average harvest. There is no protection against this. However, the exact extent of the situation will not be clear until the harvest is completed in the fall. It is already certain that crisp manufacturers will come under pressure during a tight harvest this year. The Federal Association of the German Confectionery Industry e.V. (BDSI) is joining other in appeals for fairness to all parties involved, said Federal Minister Julia Klöckner during a press conference on the federal-state aid program for farmers on 22 August 2018. Read more