By Tamsin Brown • 04 March 2022 • 13:36
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Rising costs of fish, batter, fat, wrapping paper and energy may lead a third of Britain’s fish and chips shops to go out of business over the next 12 months.
According to the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), a third of fish and chip shops could be forced to close over the next 12 months and the situation may be even worse in five years’ time.
Andrew Crook, president of the NFFF, told the MailOnline that the “disaster” for British fish and chip shops could get much worse due to sanctions against Russia.
He went on to say that this will have a “devastating” effect on the industry, as around 60% of haddock and cod are imported from Russia.
According to Crook, “what has happened in recent months post-pandemic is that everybody else is getting squeezed. So all of a sudden, everybody else is feeling the pinch. And what’s worse is that we’re expecting a third of fish and chip shops to go out of business.”
He also added: “Whitefish comes from Russia because they are a very big fishing nation in the Barents Sea. So if we lose that, the price of fish will go significantly higher and this is on top of the current record prices we are seeing. If that happens, we are in real dire straits.”
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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