Potato chip in New Zealand could be in for a shock. New Zealand is facing a potato shortage in the next few . This means there could be a of potato chips (crisps in British English) until next year. Newspapers are calling this the "chipocalypse". They combined the words "chip" and "" to make this new word. A possible chipocalypse is of a very wet winter in New Zealand. This has hit potato growers. In some areas, a third of the potato crop has been lost. The wet weather has hit the potatoes that are used to make potato chips. This means makers will make fewer potato chips and prices for potato chips will be .
A for New Zealand potato farmers told the Radio Live NZ news station about the . Chris Claridge, of Potatoes New Zealand, said: "It started raining in March, and it just simply hasn't stopped. We've had the year's worth of rainfall already, so the is 25 per cent above average and while that might not sound like a lot what it means is it's continuous, so the soils never get a to dry out." He added: "Potatoes are actually . They need to breathe, and so effectively they drown, and then they start to rot because they're submerged in ." A major supermarket said: "We are working closely with our suppliers to manage supply as much as ."