North America

Bullish: Mostly optimistic outlook for 2018 Canadian potato crop

For most of the past decade, potato production in Canada has been relatively stagnant. The economic crash of 2008 reduced demand for Canadian spuds in some markets and the industry struggled to regain its lost footing. With the 2018 growing season well under way, there now seems to be a renewed sense of optimism among many Canadian potato growers. Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC), says the increase is largely attributable to processing companies like McCain and Simplot expanding their production lines in this country. “It’s excellent news. For many years we’ve been stagnant in terms of our production and mostly on the processing side. This year and last year for the first time in a couple of years… we have some real enthusiasm in the industry.” Spud Smart magazine spoke with industry representatives from across the country in mid-June about the potato crop outlook for 2018. Their comments largely mirror the sense of optimism MacIsaac speaks of. Read more