Fish and chips price hike warning a week after UK heatwaves

Brits who like to have fun fish and chips after a long week, you could be in for a nasty surprise within weeks with prices set to skyrocket amid shortage fears.

The cost of crisps could rise after suppliers warned that numerous heat waves this summer have hit potato crops in the UK.

Experts have warned that the price of Britain’s staple food could rise as early as September, just a week away.

Speaking to The Grocer, a wholesaler warned: “There is a lot of speculation going on at the moment. Chip makers have already suffered significant increases over the past 12 months due to fuel and power costs and this is the next opportunity for them to raise the price.

“However, we won’t get a true picture until they lift the crop in September or October.”

Q Catering said: “From current prices we are probably looking at a 20% increase.

“That will bring the overall increase to around 50-60% since last year.”

Isle of Ely Produce added: “Indications are that the heat has really destroyed crops and any rain now could further damage yields.

“With expensive inputs and a lack of yield, it’s inevitable that prices will go up, but there’s also been a drop in demand that could offset some of that.”

Warning over rising fish and chip prices in the UK

It comes after Britons were warned earlier this year that the average price of fish and chips could go up to £10.

NFFF chairman Andrew Cook, who owns a fry in Lancashire, has warned prices could rise from £7.50 to over £10.

Andrew said: “We’ve always worked on very tight margins, but now the increases are so big it will be impossible for companies to absorb them.”

He added: “We are living in unprecedented times where we are seeing high levels of inflation and food inflation is even higher.

“Most of the supplies we use in the fish and chip industry have risen in price significantly and we expect this to continue for a considerable time.

“Other products just aren’t available, and we’ve seen vendors walk away from the industry.”