Dec 1, 2022Retail sales soared for potatoes in July and September
Potato retail sales increased in dollar sales by 17.8% but decreased in volume sales by 2.1% from July – September 2022 compared to the same timeframe a year ago. Despite a small decrease in volume sales, volume sales remain above pre-pandemic levels.
All categories of potatoes, except deli-prepared sides, increased in dollar sales, with the most significant occurring for frozen potatoes by 22.8%.
Frozen potatoes were one of two categories that increased in volume sales (0.5%) and canned (0.2%). The biggest decline in volume for this timeframe was in refrigerated potatoes, down by 11.4%, and fresh potatoes, down by 3.4%.Volume sales for potatoes were down for all other categories in the store, with an average decline in volume sales of 2.1%.
Fresh potato dollar sales were up for all types, except fingerling and purple, due to tight supply. The biggest decrease in volume sales for the July-September 2022 timeframe were purple potatoes, fingerlings, and white potatoes, down 38.5%, 14.9%, and 13.2%, respectively.