US potato industry adapting to pandemic challenges

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15 February 2022
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Processors still face shortages

US consumers are still less facing a smaller choice of potato products when they shop than they did before the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been claimed.

Michigan Potato Industry Commission representative Kelly Turner says processors face several shortages, which in turn is filtering down to end-users.

Kelly said that, two years into the pandemic, there was an initial spike for shelf-stable products and demand has held steady. “We still see a higher demand for fresh stock and chip potatoes than pre-pandemic,” she recently told Fresh Plaza.

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Shortages of workers, edible oil and packaging have created more collaboration along the food supply chain, she added.

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