Potato chip crisis hits New Zealand

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Brace yourself chippie lovers as New Zealand is on the verge of a nationwide shortage of crisping potatoes.
Foodstuffs, which owns New World, Four Square and Pak’n’Save supermarkets, said some of their potato chip suppliers were having “challenges meeting demand”. One supermarket has been forced to warn customers they may have trouble stocking potato chips.
Potatoes New Zealand have said that large amounts of rain this winter was the root of the problem.
“We’ve had the entire year’s worth of rainfall already, so the rainfall is 25 percent above average and while that might not sound like a lot, the soils never get a chance to dry out.
That had meant farmers had been unable to get out into the fields to harvest old crops or plant new ones. Experts believe New Zealand is probably around about 20 percent behind where we should be.
The problem was restricted to crisping potatoes, which are a special potato only grown in certain areas, mostly in the southern Auckland region and Waikato.

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