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USDA estimates the 2017 Idaho Potato Crop Value at $1.2 billion, up 22.7 percent

Idaho Potato Crop of 2017 valued at $1.2 billion, a 22.7% increase!

An Idaho potato Field before harvest

March 6, 2018
Idaho, the United State’s top producing potato state since 1957, reached a new crop high in 2017.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the preliminary estimated value for the Idaho® Potato crop is $1.2 billion, a 22.7% leap from the previous year.

Harvested acreage was down 5% and yields were down 1.2%.

Foodservice operators can thank a large crop of quality Idaho® potatoes (approximately 13 billion pounds) for continued year round availability. Currently, foodservice accounts for approximately 50% of Idaho® Potato sales, including fresh potatoes, as well as processed (fries and chips) and dehydrated potato products.

Americans love their potatoes. In 2017, potatoes overtook tomatoes as the most purchased fresh vegetable (2017 Fresh Trends Survey, The Packer), and chefs across the country menu both traditional and innovative applications to keep their customers happy.

At QSR chains, French fry sales are up as more operators offer loaded fries and two fry menus.

Don Odiorne, VP Foodservice/Website at the Idaho Potato Commission:

“Consumers are demanding a broader variety of creative and ethnic foods that would often be too challenging, costly and time consuming to prepare at home.”

“A variety of Idaho® Potatoes products and recipe options help operators meet that demand.”
For more information about the Idaho Potato Industry visit IdahoPotato.com.
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The Idaho Potato Commission is a state agency with many responsibilities, including the promotion of Idaho Potatoes.