Southport chip shops hit by Ukraine crisis

Southport fish and chip shops are feeling a major side effect of the war in Ukraine and could struggle to survive, industry leaders have warned.

The National Federation of Fish Fryers (NFFF) has warned that the four key ingredients that make up a traditional fish and chips meal are deeply affected by the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

They say this will lead, or in some cases has already forced, chip shop owners to drastically change their menus and supply chains.

The NFFF says this cannot continue and there is a real fear that some Southport ‘chippies’ may end up shutting down in the long term.

Southport chip shops depend mainly on Ukraine for sunflower oil. The NFFF said 50% of the oil used by UK fish and chip shops comes from the war-hit country – and alternatives like rapeseed oil and palm oil have soared.

Up to 40% of cod and haddock come from Russia – and UK sanctions on Russian whitefish will make these North Sea supplies scarcer and more expensive.

Potato fertilizers – mainly from Russia – have tripled in price. The flour, used for fish paste mixes, is also native to the region.

A government spokesman said it will “continue to speak with the industry body, the National Federation of Fish Fryers, and other industry representatives about the current pressures they face”.

Christi C. Elwood