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US potato imports rise in quarter; demand up

US potato imports rose by 10 percent in volume and 12 percent in dollar value for the July-September marketing quarter from a year earlier, Potatoes USA reported.

Fresh potatoes saw the biggest increase, a 32 percent gain to 77,507 metric tons, the marketing group said in a news release. Imports of dehydrated potatoes increased by 9 percent to 18,161 metric tons while imports of frozen products rose by 5 percent to 253,599. Chip imports rose 20 percent to 5,445.

“Demand for potatoes in the US continues to increase, be they fresh potatoes at retail, or certainly for usage in foodservice and other sectors,” Potatoes USA Chief Marketing Officer John Toaspern said in an interview. “That’s why you see such large quantities of fries coming into the US, because there is such a demand for frozen products at foodservice.”

Report by Capital Press