New Zealand, Australia, News December 2022, Processing, fries, chips, Trade/Markets/Prices

Hot chip crisis: Spud King Tony Galati’s plan to save Western Australia from a national potato shortage

Australia is facing a potato shortage after wild east coast weather ravaged farms and delayed growers’ sowing crops — which means hot chippies are becoming scarce — but don’t worry, there’s a man with a plan, as Rebecca Le May and Elisia Seeber report for PerthNow.

Warnings have been sounded for months about a national pre-Christmas spud crisis due to torrential rains and flooding, along with several other negative factors, including transport hold-ups and increased cost of fertilisers putting pressure on farmers.

But when the chips are down, there is one man in Western Australia whom we can turn to for a solution. The Spud King, of course. The one and only Tony Galati.

The Spudshed founder revealed to The West Australian he has brought forward a long-standing plan to add a frozen chip and potato crisp processing arm to his ever-expanding horticulture and retail empire.

Source: PerthNow. Read the full story here and watch a video
Photo: Bringing potato products to WA from the eastern states is “just ludicrous,” Mr Galati said. Credit: Michael Wilson/The West Australian via PerthNow

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