Potato chips are becoming a rare commodity in Japan.
Convenience stores and grocery store shelves are being cleared out by potato chip fans after Calbee and Koikeya, two of the leading potato chip brands, announced that they are no longer able to meet the potato chip demand due to a shortage in potato harvest because of the Hokkaido typhoons last August.
Calbee will cease distribution of certain chip varieties beginning April 15 and suspend 18 others including region specific limited flavors on April 22. Several other competitor brands have yet to announce their decisions.
Based on social posts, there are still potato chips available throughout Japan, but the fan-favorite flavors are clearing out first. If you’re in Japan, make sure to stop by and stock up on your favorite before they’re all gone.