Consumers should see more potato products in their supermarket in the coming weeks as chip factories operate at capacity to meet demand. Still, the industry warns another shortage could be in the future. Wet weather and fewer potato imports in 2022 resulted in empty frozen chip shelves in supermarkets across the country and trying times for fish and chips shops, but growers say the current potato harvest should quell the short-term demand.
Potato harvests are underway in Tasmania and Victoria, Australia's largest production areas for French fries. Processing companies Simplot and McCain have opened up their factories in both states, turning spuds into chips for fast food outlets, food service and supermarkets.