French fry shortage possible in America after potato crops failed
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A seasonal chill in several northern U.S. states and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Manitoba could mean fewer French fry orders for hungry customers.
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Cold and wet weather conditions that started in October throughout key regions of the U.S. and Canada have damaged potato crops and caused processors to scramble for supplies to keep the nightshade vegetable on menus, according to a report from Bloomberg.
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Idaho, North Dakota and Minnesota are the American potato hotspots that were affected by frosty temperatures, and Alberta, Canada's top spud producer, is withstanding similar weather.
Although the farming season hasn’t yielded desired results, it hasn’t curbed shoppers from wanting potato-based meals.
“French fry demand has just been outstanding lately, and so supplies can’t meet the demand,” Travis Blacker, an industry-relations director with the Idaho Potato Commission told Bloomberg in a phone interview.
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Fewer potatoes with no change in consumption could lead to a shortage and price increase for the year, according to Stephen Nicholson, a Rabobank senior grains and oilseeds analyst shared with the business publication. Moreover, international costs may see a climb if the U.S. is unable to export as much.