Saturday, 21 October 2017



Yellow potatoes continue to gain market share and the gain is mostly at the expense of russets and whites, according to Ted Kreis, Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA) marketing and communications director.

Red River Valley red production has been up and down in recent years but one trend is clear, the valley is growing more yellows. In 2010, the valley produced just over 200,000 hundredweight (cwt.) of yellow potatoes. Just five years later in 2015 the valley produced 607,000 cwt., a three-fold increase. In 2016 the number increased even more despite some yellow losses in the northern valley. On a percentage basis, yellow potatoes made up just 6% of the Red River Valley fresh crop in 2010; the past two years they have averaged 14.5%.

US wide white potatoes for the fresh market have been the big losers. Since the 2008 crop year white potato shipments have decreased 43.3% according to numbers compiled by the North American Potato Market News.  

So far, this season, Russet shipments mimic closely 2008 although russets are down 7.7% from 2009 when they hit a 10-year peak.  

US red shipments had increased about 14% between 2009 and 2015 crop years but have regressed this year because of short supplies here in the Red River Valley, the nation's largest red producer.  

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Potatoes USA: Frozen and Fresh Exports up, Dehydrates down 

Potatoes USA Appoints LaJoie and Davenport for Industry Outreach Committee 

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