BusinessMarkets & PricingGlobal French Fry Trade Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

    Global French Fry Trade Above Pre-Pandemic Levels


    Around the world people are eating more french fries, even more than they ate before the pandemic, the Sept. 23 issue of the North American Potato Market News (NAPM) says.

    The second quarter of 2021 hit record levels for french fry trade, with the sales volumes beating 2019 levels by 128 million lbs. The 10 major exporting national shipped a total of 2.3 billion lbs of frozen potato products to countries outside their local trading zones, the report says. This was up from 2020 sales by 51.4 per cent.

    “French fry processors have been challenged to manage rapid demand recovery in conjunction with COVID-19 labour related issues, raw-product supply constraints, and logistical issues,” the report notes.

    In North America, exports to offshore markets jumped 56.3 per cent. This includes 559 million lbs from the United States and 79 million lbs from Canada, however shipments were 5.1 per cent below the 2019 volume.

    In the European Union, the top five french fry exporters shipped a combined 1.50 billion lbs of product during the second quarter, a 52.6 per cent increase. Argentina and China also posted large percentage increases, while New Zealand’s exports declined, the report notes.

    Future French Fry Outlook

    The outlook for global french fry trade over the next year is uncertain, NAPM says. It notes the North American exporter’s ability to maintain market share may be limited until the 2022 potato harvest, due to raw-product supply limitations from the drought.

    “European fryers may be in a better position, though their supplies also may be down from last year. Underlying demand for french fries remains strong, but the pandemic is a significant market risk.”

    While demand for french fries has overall rebounded and exceeded 2019 levels in 60 per cent of the major importing countries/regions, purchases remain below pre-pandemic volumes in 12 regions.

    Related Articles

    French Fry Supplies to be Tight in Europe

    Another Dry Growing Season Hits Parts of Canada

    New Estimates Have Canada Potato Crop Rising 14.5 Per Cent: NAPM

    Trending This Week

    Potato field at Borden-Carleton, P.E.I.

    The P.E.I. Potato Industry is Edging Back to Normal

    After a year of upheaval following a potato wart discovery, P.E.I. has worked hard to regain their spud status. More than a year after potato...
    Freshly emerged potato field

    Fortified Stimulate Yield Enhancer’s (aka Stimulate) Offers 40.4 cwt/acre Marketable Yield and Consistent Benefits

    Drumroll please…. The results are in from this year’s trials and – at a whopping 12.6 to 1 (!!) return on investment – Stimulate’s results...
    Potato field being sprayed

    PMRA Potato Products Review Refresher

    With the PMRA having reviewed numerous potato products, it’s important to keep track of what you can and can’t use anymore. Over the past few...
    Manitoba Potato Production Days 2023 stage

    MPPD Celebrates 50 Years of Potato Memories

    Manitoba Potato Production Days (MPPD) kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration with an opening night reception followed by a full day of presentations, demonstrations...
    Solynta's true potato seeds

    Solynta Signs Agreement to Develop True Potato Seeds for Kenya

    Dutch company Solynta has signed an agreement with FreshCrop Limited, Kenya’s largest producer of seed tuber, to collaborate on the development of hybrid true...