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Keisari Brewery Debuts 1000-Pack of Beer at Finnish Supermarkets

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Finnish brewery Keisari isn’t one to be overshadowed. After rival company Karjala debuted a 100-pack of beer as a reverse April Fools' Day prank, Keisari took it as a challenge and outdid them tenfold. As Grub Street reports, the 1000-pack of beer appeared in grocery stores around Finland during the last weekend of April.

It may look like a Photoshop hoax gone too far, but the package is no joke. The 1000 cans of lager were available in K-supermarkets to whoever was willing to shell out $2343 (more than $2 per beer) to take them home.

After stacking them in 12-by-18-can blocks, each pack actually ended up containing 1080 beers, making the offer even more absurd than advertised. Imbibers looking to replenish their beer cache for the next few years—or throw one legendary party—had until May to buy the drinks in bulk. After that, the stores broke the packs up into smaller portions. The scaled-down packs may not look as impressive, but they should at least be easier to fit inside a shopping cart.

[h/t Grub Street]

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Thanks to a Wet Winter, New Zealand Faces a Potential Potato Chip Shortage
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New Zealand has plenty of unique and tasty snacks, but kiwis also love potato chips. The universal comfort food is in danger Down Under, however, as an unusually wet winter has devastated the island country’s tuber crops, according to BBC News.

Twenty percent of New Zealand’s annual potato crop was wiped out from a series of major storms and floods that ravaged the nation’s North and South Islands, The Guardian reports. In some regions, up to 30 percent of potato crops were affected, with the varieties used to make chips bearing the brunt of the damage.

Potato prices spiked as farmers struggled, but the crisis—now dubbed “chipocalypse” by media outlets—didn't really make the mainstream news until supermarket chain Pak’nSave posted announcements in potato chip aisles that warned customers of a salty snack shortage until the New Year.

Pak’nSave has since rescinded this explanation, claiming instead that they made an ordering error. However, other supermarket chains say they’re working directly with potato chip suppliers to avoid any potential shortfalls, and are aware that supplies might be limited for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand’s potato farming crisis extends far beyond the snack bars at rugby matches and vending machines. Last year’s potato crops either rotted or remained un-harvested, and the ground is still too wet to plant new ones. This hurts New Zealand’s economy: The nation is the world’s ninth-largest exporter of potatoes.

Plus, potatoes “are a food staple, and this is becoming a food security issue as the effects of climate change take their toll on our potato crop,” says Chris Claridge, the chief executive of industry group Potatoes New Zealand, according to The Guardian.

In the meantime, New Zealanders are preparing to hunker down for a few long months of potential potato peril—and according to some social media users, kale chips are not a suitable alternative. “Chipocalypse” indeed.

[h/t BBC News]

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50 Sweet Facts About Your Favorite Halloween Candies
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It’s no surprise that candy delights kids and adults alike. We love sweets so much that the average American eats about 22 pounds of candy each year. Whether you’re looking to impress your friends or simply brush up on your candy trivia, check out these 50 sweet facts about your favorite candies.

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