old the fries? Unthinkable, but possible.
Cooler weather intruded on the growing regions in October, covering the spuds with frost, the news outlet reported. Farmers in Idaho and Alberta were able to salvage some crops and store them, but growers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba were not as fortunate, according to Bloomberg. The cooler weather forced some farmers to abandon some supplies in fields, the news outlet reported.
The decrease in production, coupled with an increase of fry-processing capacity in Canada, has boosted demand and could lead to tight supplies, Bloomberg reported. That could lead to higher prices across North America, particularly if the United States will not be able to export as many potatoes as in previous years.
Still, potato growers are optimistic.
“It’s a manageable situation,” Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada, said in a phone interview. “Potatoes are going to have to move from one channel to another that they sometimes don’t move in a normal year.”
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