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Annie Gugliotta.

UK Chippies battered by effects of the war in Ukraine

Andrew Crook, a fish and chip shop owner in the northern English town of Euxton, has been in the industry for so long, he says, that he’s got “vinegar in his blood.”

Crook has seen plenty of ups and downs at work. But the 46-year-old says he’s never seen anything quite like the storms shaking the industry now, as the effects of the war in Ukraine put an iconic British industry on the brink of disaster.

“It’s a bleak picture,” Crook tells us from his home in the nearby town of Chorley, just as a loud shriek interrupts the conversation. “I’ve got a macaw,” he explains. “He can tell when I’m on a call, and he likes to join in.”

Even before Russia invaded Ukraine, the chippies were struggling because higher fuel costs caused by the pandemic were forcing fish trawlers to charge more for their haul.

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Ari Winkleman

The Graphic Truth: How edible oil prices are cooking

Supply chain disruptions and the war in Ukraine have caused a growing food crisis globally, resulting in scarcity of staples and soaring prices.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky holds a press conference at a metro station in Kyiv.

EYEPRESS via Reuters Connect

What We're Watching: Zelensky meets top US officials, Indonesia hoards palm oil

US officials visit Kyiv

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky spent Sunday waiting for a visit from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the highest-level American delegation to visit Kyiv since the Russian invasion began. Zelensky reportedly told the senior US officials that Ukraine needs more powerful weapons to resist the Russians. After the meeting, Blinken announced that the US would reopen its embassy in Ukraine (in the western city of Lviv) and pledged more military funding to Ukraine in addition to the $800 million in military support Biden announced on Thursday, which included heavy artillery, ammunition, and tactical drones. But Kyiv is also asking for long-range air defense systems and fighter jets. The Americans have rebuffed similar earlier requests and blocked NATO allies like Poland from supplying Soviet-era warplanes to avoid risking a direct military confrontation with Russia. Meanwhile, Ukraine is trying to set up humanitarian routes for escape from the besieged port city of Mariupol, where an estimated 100,000 people remain stuck with little food, water, or heat.

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US Customs to consider petition, audit to lift import ban on Malaysian palm oil producer FGV

October 15, 2020 2:53 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - The US Customs has told Malaysia's FGV Holdings Bhd it would consider a petition to revoke an import ban on the company's palm oil products if it can provide credible evidence that it does not use forced labour, FGV said on Thursday (Oct 15).

Covid-19 hits operations in key palm oil producing state of Sabah

September 30, 2020 5:00 AM

KUALA LUMPUR • Sabah, which is Malaysia's largest palm oil producing state, has ordered plantations, mills and refineries in four districts to shut amid two weeks of curbs on movement to rein in Covid-19.

Coronavirus hits operations in district of Malaysia's key palm producer Sabah

September 29, 2020 11:57 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia's largest palm producing state of Sabah has ordered plantations, mills and refineries in one district to shut amid two weeks of curbs on movement to rein in the coronavirus.

Malaysia's palm producers to recruit prisoners, ex-drug addicts to solve coronavirus-driven labour crunch

September 09, 2020 11:24 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia's labour-reliant palm oil companies are looking to recruit recovering drug addicts and prisoners to solve a severe shortage of foreign workers that has worsened due to a coronavirus-driven border closure.

Malaysia to take action against school over 'anti-palm oil propaganda'

July 03, 2019 6:14 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia will take action against an international school for spreading "anti-palm oil propaganda", the education ministry said on Wednesday (July 3), in a sign of Kuala Lumpur's aggressive efforts to defend a big agricultural export.

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