U.S. potato imports continue to grow
August 24, 2021
U.S. imports of potatoes and potato products for the July 2020 – June 2021 marketing year increased by 12% in fresh weight equivalent volume and 16% in value, compared to the previous marketing year. The increase in imports reflects the increasing demand for potatoes in the U.S. as potatoes remain the No. 1 vegetable sold at retail and the top side dish at foodservice in the United States.
The increase in total imports was driven by a 22% increase in potato chips (predominantly from Canada), a 15% increase in frozen fries (85% from Canada), and an 11% increase in dehydrated potatoes, which includes fabricated chips (from Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany, and Canada). Fresh potato imports (entirely from Canada) increased by only 2% and are below historical levels.
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