French fries are going to become one-inch shorter. At the moment, this situation with is expected to be in Europe alone. There is a shortage of potatoes in Europe, and this is already affecting the shape and size of French fries in Europe.
Head of the Walloon Potato Growers’ Association, Pierre Lebrun said in a report, “Because the potatoes are smaller at the moment, we will all be eating smaller chips.”
In Belgium, where the signature dish is fries, often enjoyed with mayonnaise, the effect is most there. But the case of fries is just as bad in other places like France and the U.K.
Farmers have been reporting smaller size spuds because of an unusually hot and dry summer. The secretary general of Belgapom, Romain Cools said, “It is a disaster in the fields that the farmers could not irrigate. We record losses of around 30%. It’s the same thing across southern England, the Netherlands, France and Western Germany.”