19 January 2023
Sweet potatoes used as substitute within hospitality.
AN Australia-wide shortage has led some cafés and restaurants to temporarily substitute frozen potato chips with sweet potatoes, or take it off the menu altogether.
Potato grower and Victorian Farmers Federation vice president Katherine Myers stated: “The prolonged wet weather made it too difficult to manage the crops that were in the ground, made it difficult to harvest early crops, and it meant there were really quite significant delays in getting the new crops planted, particularly in the [NSW] Riverina, and in the Central Highlands here in Victoria, and in Tasmania.”
Katherine said the drought in Europe last summer has impacted supply levels, as well. AUSVEG – the peak body for the Australian vegetable and potato industries – said a surge in demand for frozen potato products was also contributing to the shortage. She said she expected the shortage of frozen chips to continue through the year.