Aug 24, 2021Potato imports to US see 16% increase over past 12 months
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.
According to a report released by Potatoes USA, 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.
— Potatoes USA