The crisps are sold under the Lay's brand in the US
And in France - but that's OK because I preferr Vico™ anyway
Potato snack maker Walkers has seen the semiconductor chip shortage and raised it a deep fried crisp* between two oily fingers. The company confirmed to The Register: "A recent IT system upgrade has disrupted the supply of some of our products." From container ships stuck in canals, to worldwide shortages of lorry drivers …
Even worse about That Headline: 'What's the difference between crisps and chips? Answer: You can't get either of them'
That's, umm, how shall I put it, not exactly a difference? The joke format should have been 'What do crisps and chips have in common?', also an established joke template, and with the additional merit of actually describing the situation.
"...you're basically stuck with plain or, for some reason, paprika."
Good lord, the thought of paprika flavoured crisps brings back a few memories.
During my time in the Army in the late '60s I was posted to Germany and paprika was the only flavour we could get. If my memory serves me correctly, we didn't even have the luxury of ready salted ones.
Mind you, given the fact that the booze was duty free most of the time we were not in a fit state to know what flavour the crisps were.
Fortunately Sweden is not quite continental. We have a wide selection of them in the shops, with flavours ranging from "burnt butter and something or other" by way of "sweet chilli and whatever" to the bog standard sour cream an onion. The traditionalists can still get dill, paprika and no flavour plain salted. The more "upscale" selection have truffles, parmesan, etc. Then there is the ones made from !potatoes as well, which are generally plain salted so that you can be certain that sweet potato is about as tasteless as a regular potato once it is deep-fried in slight rancid cheap oil (ok, apparently the palm oil is on it's way out, finally).
Come to think of it it was 4-5 months since the last time I bought any, gone off them lately. I generally buy a few smallish bags in winter: they are a nice treat to have in the car when you get back from a few days ski trip (I generally go for the "fancy" beetroot ones).
It's a long time since I've been in Prague, but, in those days, almost everything was pickled. Including the inhabitants. And the central reservations of the approach roads were full of scantily-clad women chasing after lorries. I can't help feeling that Gary Lineker levels of 'bland' might actually be an improvement and a sign of greater economic security,
Best described as "UK shortages of lorry drivers" Seriously. Those who live in the rest of Europe can asses that there are no shortages of... anything at all, much less lorry drivers. Except computer chips for those customers cheap enough to get them for cheap (automakers). You brits should be honest about what the consequences of Brexit are. Yes, pandemics made the problem worse, but there are no "worldwide shortages of lorry drivers" anywhere in the world except in the UK
Um. It's real, but not the only problem.
This is the first I found that didn't come from a British news outlet, although this does look like a UK themed article.
But it poses exactly the problem you ask, and provides some explanations.
Ok, let me rephrase that as: "there are shortages of (lorry drivers/plumbers/painters/crop collectors....) everywhere, but for some reason the only place where these shortages lead to supply chain shortages is the UK. Brexit is they key difference between places where, in spite of having shortages of (lorry drivers/plumbers/painters/crop collectors....) these things do not impact the supply chain so severely and the UK"
You brits should be honest about what the consequences of Brexit are.
Downvoted for failing to realise that almost half the UK population voted against it because we were fully able to work out the likely consequences.
Yes, pandemics made the problem worse
For HMG the pandemics were a wonderful opportunity to hide the effects for some considerable time. Cynical? Moi?
If almost half of the UK population really had worked out the consequences of Brexit before it happened, we'd still be in the EU. The vote was 52-48 among people who expressed a preference; as a percentage of the electorate it was roughly 37-35 with 28% not voting. We're seeing more of those 28% come off the fence on the side of Rejoin now the effects of Brexit are being seen and felt, but they were happy either way until it actually did affect them - by which time it was too late.
I did not said that all of the UK wanted to leave the EU, I merely stated that these things are consequences of Brexit. Unfortunately, the remainers are equally affected as the leavers. But the impacts are there, which is what my statement was about.
" there are no "worldwide shortages of lorry drivers" anywhere in the world except in the UK"
So, those ships queuing up outside some US ports aren't really there because the container ports are not overflowing with containers because all those truck drivers are taking them them away and delivering them like normal?
Primarily due to a huge increase in the amount of goods being shipped to the US from China, compounded by decades of underinvestment in the ports themselves so they had no spare capacity, and then the reduced availability of all kinds of staff such as port workers and truck drivers due to Covid-19.