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Blame the European Heat Wave for Pricier Fish and Chips

  • European potato prices are soaring as heatwave hurts crops
  • Buyers brace for scramble as good potatoes are hard to get
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Whether you call them chips, frites or French fries, it’s shaping up to be a bad year for potato lovers.

The 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 country.