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French Fries Feel the Pinch as Hot Summer Frazzles Potato Market

Sept. 11, 2018, 2:37 PM

Whether you call them chips, frites, or French fries, it is shaping up to be a bad year for potato lovers.

The record-breaking heat wave and lack of rain across Europe has hurt potato crops, with prices tripling in the U.K. in August from a year earlier. That has forced fish and chip shops to charge more for a portion of fries that partner 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 countrywide.

“It’s going to be a disaster for...

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