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Calbee turns to paddy fields to meet potato chip shortage

Japanese snack maker to stabilize output by growing crop in rice fields

Calbee is growing paddy-field potatoes in more locations to secure a steady supply for its chips.

TOKYO -- Faced with having to stabilize the supply of potatoes for its chips, Japanese snack maker Calbee is increasing the amount of the crop it grows in rice fields. Paddy-field potatoes are mainly grown in Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island, but Calbee also plans to start cultivating them in the northern regions of Hokkaido and Tohoku.

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