Europe, UK, Ireland

Blame the European heat wave for pricier fish and chips

Image result for fish and chipsThe record-breaking heatwave and lack of rain across Europe has hurt potato crops, with prices tripling in the U.K. in August from a year earlier. That’s forced fish and chip shops to charge more for a portion of fries that form one half of the traditional British staple. Further price hikes loom, said Andrew Crook, president of the federation representing more than 10,000 fish and chip shops across the UK. “It’s going to be a disaster for us this year,” said Crook. “I’ve never seen prices of potatoes be that high at this time of the year. We are getting squeezed.” With Europe accounting for eight of the 10 biggest potato eating nations, there’s likely to be fierce competition for the starchy tubers this season. “We will be fighting for potatoes with Europe,” said Crook, the president of the National Federation of Fish Friers. “There are not enough potatoes to go around, and everything is quite small.” Read more