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'Chipocalypse' now as New Zealanders face up to a crisp crisis

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'Chipocalypse' now as New Zealanders face up to a crisp crisis

<p>Crisp lovers in New Zealand are bracing themselves for a snack shortage labelled the ‘chipocalypse’ as a year of heavy rain takes its toll on the country’s potato crop.</p> <p>Persistent downpours in the region have led to the nation declaring its third-wettest year on record, and left vast swathes of the staple food submerged in waterlogged fields. </p> <p>Estimates suggest around 20% of New Zealand’s annual potato crop has been wiped out, with the varieties farmed for crisping taking the biggest hit.</p> <p>The shortage has already resulted in a year-on-year price increase of 30% for a kilogram bag of potatoes and now appears to be hitting the supply of crisps to supermarkets and retailers.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Attention: ⬇️ <a href="https://t.co/tBRKFRmyGq">pic.twitter.com/tBRKFRmyGq</a></p>— Angela Meyer (@ange_meyer) <a href="https://twitter.com/ange_meyer/status/919049074015268864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> The issue has received widespread media coverage in the country.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Greatest viz wall ever <a href="https://twitter.com/MelissaDaviesNZ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>MelissaDaviesNZ</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NewshubNZ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>NewshubNZ</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/chipocalypse?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#chipocalypse</a> <a href="https://t.co/VV465V7JIU">pic.twitter.com/VV465V7JIU</a></p>— Kim Choe (@kimchoe) <a href="https://twitter.com/kimchoe/status/919428797027434497?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> And some New Zealanders are managing to see a silver lining to the cloud cast by ‘chipocalypse’.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If it takes a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/chipocalypse?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#chipocalypse</a> to make NZers serious about climate change, then so be it</p>— claudia (@claudiajardine) <a href="https://twitter.com/claudiajardine/status/919649850609696768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> For others, the alternatives are too terrifying to contemplate.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Re: NZ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/chipocalypse?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#chipocalypse</a>. Yes, there’s a potato shortage. But before anyone suggests them, kale chips are an abomination.</p>— Lachlan Forsyth (@LachlanForsyth) <a href="https://twitter.com/LachlanForsyth/status/919697355552669696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> Next year’s potato crop is also set to be affected as the ground at present remains too wet for planting.</p>