The National Federation of Fish Fences (NFFF), a British trade association for the fish and chip trade, has warned that the four main ingredients that make up the traditional fish and chip meal, the dish is popular in the UK, has been deeply affected by the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. This situation forces stores to change menus, increase prices, or in the worst case, close.
Sunflower oil imports into the UK are mainly from Ukraine. The NFFF said that 50 per cent of imported sunflower oil used by UK fish and chip shops comes from Ukraine, and alternatives such as canola and palm oil have increased in price.
Up to 40% of cod and cod comes from Russia, and UK sanctions on Russian whitefish will make this North Sea supply scarcer and more expensive.
Fertilizer for potatoes, which is mainly imported from Russia, has tripled in price. The flour used for the fishmeal mix is also sourced from this country.
Knights fish and chip shop may have to close due to the effects of the war in Ukraine. (Photo: Sky News)
As a result, the shortage of key ingredients to make fish and chips in the UK leads to higher costs and lower profit margins.
Knights is a fish and chip shop in Glastonbury. It is one of the oldest family-run shops in the UK, starting to trade in Somerset during the reign of Queen Victoria.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cost of living crisis has hit these family businesses hard. The Knights Store has survived two World Wars, a recession, and the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, stores like Knights may have to close due to the effects of the war in Ukraine.
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