Brace yourself. We are facing a French fry shortage. It seems wet, cold weather has damaged this year’s potato crop. Spuds have been damaged with frost, rain, and snow making them difficult to harvest as well as smaller in size. In North Dakota and Minnesota growers were forced to leave some acres in the ground.
“French fry demand has just been outstanding lately, and so supplies can’t meet the demand,” Travis Blacker, industry-relations director with the Idaho Potato Commission.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated domestic potato crop output will drop 6.1% this year. Get more information on this year’s crop and how North American potato processors plan to keep French fries on the menu by clicking here.