A crisp crisis is looming if the drought weather conditions continue, according to Fingal potato farmer Tom Keogh.
The spokesman for family business Keogh’s Crisps warned that while there are enough 2017 potato reserves to keep supplies afloat, they could dry up later in the year if we don’t see rainfall soon.
He said: “It’s not looking good. If conditions carry on for the next two weeks, it’ll have a huge impact in late 2018 and will affect the whole country.
“Potatoes that have been planted in April and May have stopped growing because there’s so little moisture in the ground and we can only get water to 10% of the crop.”
Mr Keogh said the market will have to be carefully managed if Irish crisp suppliers are to meet demand – and he warned of possible price hikes.
He said: “The UK are facing the same drought conditions, so we’re not even sure where extra supply would come from.”
Keoghs employs 80 people and have been farming in Oldtown for more than 200 years. They launched their crisps range in 2011 and recently bagged a contract with Emirates Airlines.