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Why are there food shortages across the UK as Brits warned of curry and chips crisis

The UK is facing food shortages, spiking wholesale prices and putting two of Britain’s favourite takeaways at risk.

That’s right, both curry and chips are at risk of being in high demand with short supply.

The worst case scenario for those of you whose ideal takeout treat is the chips and curry sauce combo.

The possible shortages and price surges are due to a number of reasons, including weather conditions and international import, particularly because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

We take a closer look at the reasons why our grub is becoming so expensive.

What foods are facing shortages and price hikes?

In the UK, potato prices have dramatically increased following the recent heatwave, with high temperatures having punished crops across the country.

The British Potato Trade Association said this week’s record breaking temperatures had occurred just after a drought, damaging our spuds.

A spokesman said: “If it stays dry much longer we are looking at seriously reduced yields. Now is the critical time for moisture and growth. There are growers that have stopped irrigating because of a lack of water.’’

As a result, the cost of chips are at risk of a crisp increase.

What impact has Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had on food prices?

There are two major consequences when it comes to the price of food as a result of conflict in Ukraine.

Firstly, the exports we receive directly from Ukraine have been affected.

Ukraine grain make up over 80% of the world’s industry and due to the ongoing war, exports have not been able to leave.

Because of sanctions on Russia, imports from that region have also ground to a halt.

Fish and chip shops are facing the largest dilemma, as the price of both fish and cooking oil have also recently rocketed. Partially due to a shortage of whitefish normally caught in Russian waters.

The National Federation of Fish Friers’ have said between 20 and 40 chip shops were shutting in Britain every month.

But it’s not just the chips that are affected.

In total, the invasion of Ukraine has cost the UK curry industry a total of £4.2billion.

The nation under siege is also a leading exporter of sunflower oil a main ingredient for many Indian breads and dishes.

As the UK’s top tier takeaways face shortages of chips and chapati there is another food that may not receive the same mourning. Brussel sprouts are also among the vegetables ravaged by the heatwave meaning many could be in for either a great escape from the greens this Christmas.