Storm at Ballarat, Victoria, endangers half of state’s potato supply, including McDonalds

Aussies may soon face another food shortage as McDonald’s and KFC face disaster over potato chips shortage

  • A storm hit Victoria’s potato industry an estimated $25 million
  • The storm hit the state’s largest potato region that supplies KFC and McDonalds
  • A local farm said it faces $740,000 lost in damage from the massive storm
  • McCains, a customer from the region, said they will work with farmers to recover



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Fast food enthusiasts are on the lookout after a recent storm has jeopardized an Australian state’s deep-frying supply.

Farmers have warned customers of a potential potato shortage in Victoria after a storm hit a key growing area near Ballarat, west of Melbourne.

Victorian Farmers Federation vice president of horticulture, Katherine Myers, estimates that the storm destroyed about $25 million in damage.

Farmers have warned customers of a potential potato shortage in Victoria after a storm hit a key growing area near Ballarat, west of Melbourne

The region is responsible for about half of Victoria’s potatoes and much of that supply goes to KFC, McDonalds, Smiths chips and fish and chip shops.

Local potato grower Rodney Guthrie’s farm lost an estimated $740,000 from the “total devastation” left by the storms.

“We wiped out 90 hectares of potatoes,” he said news.com.

The region is responsible for about half of Victoria’s potatoes and much of that supply goes to KFC, McDonalds, Smiths chips and fish and chip shops

“I don’t know if they’ll come back or not, the stems have been stripped all the way.”

McCains, the region’s largest potato processor, said they would work with farmers to restore crops and do their best to avoid a shortage.

“We remain committed to providing our beloved product to our customers and to all Australians,” a spokeswoman said.

The news comes just days after KFC stores started putting up signs in-store warning customers of a chicken shortage.

The news comes just days after KFC stores started putting up signs in-store warning customers of chicken shortages due to covid cases

The news comes just days after KFC stores started putting up signs in-store warning customers of chicken shortages due to covid cases

The news comes just days after KFC stores started putting up signs in-store warning customers of chicken shortages due to covid cases

‘Due to supplier issues, we don’t have original chicken, zingers, fillets or wings. Please refer to sold out decals for available items,” the signs read.

In a statement to 7 News the company confirmed it was offering a ‘limited menu’.

“Unfortunately, our supply chain has been disrupted and some of our restaurants will be offering a reduced menu,” it said.

The shortage is believed to be due to a lack of food processing workers due to covid cases.

The National Cabinet has since changed the rules for food-processing workers, including truck drivers, and removed the requirement for a test every seven days.

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