Struggling fish and chip shops ask Norway for more fish to keep prices in check | UK News

UK chip shops are asking Norway for more fish to tackle soaring costs.

Rising energy bills and rising costs for cooking oil, potatoes and fish due to the war in Ukraine have driven up the price of fish and chips.

Andrew Cook, president of the National Federation of Fish Fryers, is expected to ask for help on behalf of the industry at the Frozen At Sea summit in Alesund, Norway on Wednesday.

“Most Norwegian shipowners produce headed and gutted fish which is then sent for processing elsewhere,” Crook said.

“Hopefully I can get them to switch some vessels to produce fillets for my industry as we need as many as possible to help keep the price as much in check as possible. »

He added that the industry expects a 35% tariff on whitefish from Russia, which will drive up the price of all fish.

“We cannot be so dependent on supplies from one particular country,” he added.

The cost per kilo of Icelandic cod has fallen from £7.80 in October to £16, while the cost of potatoes has risen by 30%, according to the Daily Mirror.

In May, Mr Crook said that chip shops could close due to rising costs and he reiterated his warning, saying a third of chippies could close and ‘action must be taken now to ensure we get through this in the best possible shape’.

Andrew Crook is President of the National Federation of Fish Fryers

On March 3, Tory MP Andrew Bridgen raised the issue in the House of Commons, telling politicians that ‘award winning’ fish and chips in his constituency had told him that ‘the outlook for trade has never been so volatile, with record price increases for fish, pulp, grease, wrapping paper and of course, energy”.

He said: ‘Many fish and chip shops are worried about whether they will actually survive so could we have a government statement on what steps the government will take to ensure they protect the future of our fish and chip shops, a big part of British life? »

Commons Leader Mark Spencer jokingly told MPs “I declare an interest in fish and chips”, before adding: “Takeaways are a big part of the night economy.

“These businesses are actually a service they provide to our community and they need to be supported.

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“I not only wish the success of his fish and chips, but also of all fish and chips across the country. »

Sanctions imposed on Russia in late March have led to higher prices in the global seafood industry.

According to a 2020 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Russia is one of the largest producers of seafood in the world and the fifth largest producer of wild fish.

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