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U.S. Potato Imports Continue to Increase.

United States Potato Imports Continue to Increase.

Strong demand for potatoes and potato products and tight domestic supplies continues to drive increases in imports for the current (July – June) marketing year. For July 2020 – March 2021 total imports are up 9%, led by an 18% increase in chips and a 15% increase in dehydrated potatoes.

The two largest categories frozen and fresh potatoes are up 9% and 5% respectively, while seed potato imports are up 14%.

The leading supplier of frozen product, Canada with 86% market share, is up 8%. The next largest supplier, the EU with 11% market share is up 10%. The EU suppliers include Belgium up 19%, the Netherlands up 2%, Germany up 18%, France up 131%, and Italy up 79%.

The product from the EU is mainly made up of specialty frozen potato products sold at retail plus very low-end product sold to small scale restaurants. This can be seen in the difference in the value per metric ton between Canada USD 1030 and the EU USD 874.

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