Livio’s Fish and Chips manager Richard Ly says prices will stay the same.
Livio’s Fish and Chips manager Richard Ly says prices will stay the same. Sarah Harvey

The chips are staying down!

THE price of potatoes might be going up due to the floods, but the going rate for the humble chip will remain steady as far as local takeaway stores are concerned.

Richard Ly of Livio’s Fish and Chips at Yamanto said the store would absorb the added cost of vegetables for as long as it could.

The manager said the shop’s supplier had increased prices by nearly 100 per cent for chips and potato scallops.

Canned vegetables like beetroot and pineapple are also more expensive, however Mr Ly said Livio’s chips were still $2.50 per serve and potato scallops and hamburgers would stay at the pre-flood price.

“We want to keep the same prices so our customers remain satisfied,” he said.

“It’s an added strain on us but we hope the effect of the flood is only temporary.”

Raceview Fish and Chips and Takeaway owner Warren Bucknall said potatoes were up from about $1.20 to $2.90 per kilo, but he was prepared to “wear it” for his customers.

“Vegetables are more expensive for everyone – it’s hard times for a lot of people,” he said.

“We’ll absorb it because we know it will eventually come back down.”

Industry group Growcom has encouraged consumers to support local growers despite last week’s consumer price index figures, which showed a price rise of 11.4 per cent for vegetables.

Growcom spokeswoman Rachel Mackenzie said the next quarterly CPI figures would show even worse price rises to reflect flood damage.



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