Send more cod! Desperate chippies to seek help from Norway before levy on Russian imports hikes up costs
- UK fish and chip store homeowners to plea for help from Norway as fish costs rise
- Up to 40% of our conventional fish suppers come from Russia
- Industry specialists concern a 3rd of chippies within the UK may shut in coming months
Desperate fish and chip store bosses are to seek help from Norway amid the hovering price of cod and haddock.
The transfer comes after warnings that hundreds of Britain’s conventional takeaways might be pressured out of enterprise because of the sharp enhance in costs.
Up to 40 per cent of our favorite fish suppers originate in Russia, however Government plans for a levy on imports following the invasion of Ukraine imply we face paying more on the counter.
Cod from waters in Norway similar to this one right here may quickly be extensively served in UK fish and chi retailers
Fish costs are hovering because of the conflict in Ukraine, however this is not the one risk to the UK’s favorite dish – potato and cooking oil costs are spiraling too
Andrew Crook, president of the National Federation of Fish Friers, is because of make an impassioned plea on behalf of UK chippies in a speech on the annual Frozen At Sea gathering, which is organised by the Norwegian Seafood Council and is being held on Wednesday within the western port of Alesund.
He mentioned: ‘Most vessel owners there [in Norway] produce headed and gutted fish that is then sent to be processed elsewhere. I am hoping I can get them to switch some vessels to produce fillets for my industry, as we need as many as we can get to help keep the price as under control as possible.’
As an instance of the hovering costs, the associated fee per kilo of Icelandic cod stood at £7.80 in October 2021 – it’s now about £16.
Mr Crook, who runs the Skippers of Euxton fish and chip restaurant in Lancashire, added: ‘We are expecting a tariff on Russian white fish of 35 per cent, which will force the price of all fish upwards. We cannot be so reliant on supplies from one specific region.’
He fears that as many as a 3rd of the UK’s 10,000 fish and chip shops may shut within the subsequent 9 months, and in addition raised an alarm over the rising prices of cooking oil and potatoes.
The value of Irish beef dripping has doubled in lower than a 12 months – it was £1 per kilo in October 2021 and now stands at more than £2. While the value of Ukrainian sunflower oil has risen from £1.50 per litre as just lately as March to £2.75.
Calling for Government assist for the sector, Mr Cook mentioned he hopes to stipulate the significance of fish and chips within the UK on the Alesund convention as a result of ‘it’s so iconic and ingrained within the nation’s hearts’.
He added that the hospitality and tourism trade wants ‘a long-term strategy which must involve a reduced rate of VAT’, insisting: ‘Not every business can be saved – we accept that – but action is needed now to ensure we get through this in the best shape possible.’