Japan Facing Potato Chip Shortage


An aging population, Fukushima, and now this? I don’t know if Japanese society is going to survive…

The nation of Japan is facing a true crisis as a major potato chip company announced a temporary halt to production of its products. Potato chips, a well known traditional Japanese cuisine, is suddenly in short supply.

UPI reports:¬†Japanese chip company Calbee warned this week it is temporarily halting production of 15 of its most popular brands after typhoons that struck Hokkaido, the nation’s largest potato-producing region, ruined this year’s crop. The announcement sent shoppers scurrying to scoop up the remaining bags at supermarkets across the country, with subsequent photos of cleared shelves making the rounds on social media.

Calbee said it has begun importing potatoes from the United States to maintain production of its remaining flavors, but Japanese laws limit the amount of imported potatoes that can be used in Japanese-made products.

Some of the chip flavors still being made include “Lightly Salted,” “French Salad Dressing,” and “Plum Chips.” … Plum chips? Eh, I’d try one.

In online auctions bags of chips (which normally sell for $1.84, or 200 Yen) are now going for $12 a bag.

So, for any entrepreneurial minded readers, now would be a good time to fly to Japan with a suitcase full of Pringles.



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