South Korean consumers shift toward imported potatoes

Image result for south korean potatoesProduction of fresh potato in Korea is expected to increase in calendar year 2018, to 530,000 tonnes; up 14 per cent from 2017. Despite higher domestic volumes, a USDA Gain report states that consumers continue to shift toward consumption of imported potatoes and potato products. Following the resolution of a phytosanitary issue in the US’ Pacific Northwest, US exports of fresh potato are expected to increase to South Korea in 2018. Overall, the report predicts that domestic potato production is likely to decrease gradually over the coming years as consumers prefer pre-prepared and processed potato products. Smaller families and a lower frequency of eating at home are also attributed to the predicted decline. Read more. Full GAIN report