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US facing possible french fry shortage due to weak potato harvest

04 December 2019

To make matters worse for french fry producers, frost-damaged crops have produced smaller, stumpier potatoes - much shorter than the long potatoes manufacturers prefer for french fries.

The shortage also threatens to hit consumers in the United States, according to data available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The U.S. may face a french fry shortage due to a poor potato crop, according to a new report.

Cold weather and the impact of Hurricane Dorian have damaged potato crops in the United States and Canada, experts have warned.

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In Idaho, which produces about a third of USA potatoes, production is forecast to fall five percent from past year, USDA reported.

The U.S. harvested 420 million hundredweights past year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says adversarial weather put a strain on potato production across America this year, accounting for a 6.1% decline, the lowest potato tally seen since 2010.

"This is one of the lowest crops on record."

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This snack is at particular risk because French fry makers typically favor large potatoes, and failing harvests have meant that spuds are smaller this year.

Canada's production estimates are due out on Friday, MacIsaac wrote in a recent blog post. In Idaho, the top producer, output is forecast to fall 5.5%, the report said. "Potatoes are. 20 percent more expensive than a year ago and frozen fries up 17 per cent from a year ago".

"French-fry demand has just been outstanding lately, and so supplies can't meet the demand", Travis Blacker, the industry-relations director with the Idaho Potato Commission, told Bloomberg.

Winter is coming - for our French fries.

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In other words, there may be no greater gift this year than asking someone: "Do you want fries with that?"

US facing possible french fry shortage due to weak potato harvest