This report highlights the total U.S. Potato Utilization in 2019. It shows share of total utilization by product including frozen, fresh, chips, dehydrated, refrigerated, and other. The report also covers sales by product and channel and also compares retail channel sales to foodservice channel sales.
In 2019, domestic potato sales moved further toward foodservice, accounting for 58% of the total volume. Frozen potato sales at foodservice accounted for 85% of all frozen sales. Fresh potatoes sales were divided between retail and foodservice at 52% and 48% respectively. Reflecting the love for fries and the need for convenience, frozen and refrigerated sales were up to both channels. Fresh sales declined only 1% at retail, one of the lowest rates in many years. Chip sales, the largest volume driver at retail, were up 1.1% but did see a 1.6% decline at foodservice.
The best way to understand restaurant patrons' habits and opinions about potatoes when dining out is to ask them. So we did! We surveyed 1,500 patrons, focusing on several key areas: expectations, as they relate to potatoes, the impact the “style” of a restaurant has on potato perceptions, and understanding potato usage, as well as the formats that are enjoyed.
This is a comprehensive report depicting the potato category’s penetration on menus across different segments, dayparts, cuisines, and much more. The data is collected by Datassential, a leading food industry research firm.
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