Potato crunch causes chip shortage in Japan

Japan is currently facing a shortage of potato chips, leading to spiking of prices and emptying of supermarket shelves, officials said. One month into the shortage, a bag of pizza-flavoured potato chips, produced by Japanese firm Calbee, originally priced at 200 yen is being sold for 3,000 yen ($27) on Yahoo Japan’s auction website, Efe news reported. Calbee, which dominates the potato chip market in Japan, had announced in April that it was suspending production of more than 14 types of potato chips – but gave no date of when it would resume production – due to a poor harvest last year in northern Japan, which was hit by several typhoons.

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