BusinessMarkets & PricingFresh Potato Sales Drop After March Pandemic Spike

Fresh Potato Sales Drop After March Pandemic Spike


Sales of fresh potatoes fell in April following March’s pandemic stockpiling increase, the May 6 issue of North American Potato Market News says.

American fresh potato sales dropped 6.8 per cent in April, compared to last year. This was a sharp reversal from March when there was a 11.2 per cent jump in sales.

“While shipments continued to run ahead of the 2019 pace in a number of growing areas, other areas were constrained either by a lack of supplies or by an imbalance of demand between the retail and foodservice sectors,” the report says.

Data is showing reduced movement for all major potato types except for long white potatoes, the largest percentage declines were with red and round white potatoes, the report says.

Russet table potato markets are still feeling the shock from the pandemic with demand expected to be a major factor over the next few months.

“Spillover processing potatoes have alleviated any supply shortage that the industry was facing,” the report says. “However, we doubt that the market will be able to absorb all of the extra processing potatoes.”

Trending This Week

Black and white barn

It’s Time for the Potato Industry to Move Past the 1960s

As potatoes come out of the ground across the country, I want to take a moment to applaud producers on the big improvements they’re...

Ontario Potato Farmer Notches 100% Yield Increase

Four years ago at a farm show, I happened to cross paths with a long-time, forward-thinking potato grower from Ontario named Paul. When he...

Limited Supply Predicted for Processing Spuds

Despite good Canadian potato crop, North American processing market will be tight. After a late start to the growing season, the Canadian potato crop has...

Are Lurking Pathogens Already Wreaking Havoc Below Ground?

Farmers usually feel pretty hopeful about the potential of their crops at the start: the most common comment I hear in early summer is...

Should You Invest in Finetuning? (The Answer Isn’t Always Yes)

Hi! I’m Heather. You might have seen my smiling face show up at your farm, or maybe we’ve crossed paths at a farm show....