There could be a french fry shortage, here's why

US may face French fry shortage due to poor potato crop: report | TheHill

"French fry demand has just been outstanding lately, and so supplies can't meet the demand", Travis Blacker, of the Idaho Potato Commission told Bloomberg.

That next cheeseburger order may be missing that side of French fries after cold and wet weather reportedly damaged potato crops in the USA and Canada.

Despite cold weather affecting some of this year's crop, Frank Muir, president and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission, said he's not too anxious.

A french-fry starvation may be nigh, warn farmers who've experienced a bad potato crop this year.

The U.S. harvested 420 million hundredweights previous year.

The potato crop forecast in the U.S.is at the lowest since 2010, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

"This is one of the lowest crops on record."

"Production of potatoes for the 2019 crop year is forecast at 422 million cwt [22.4 million tons], down 6% from last year", the Department of Agriculture said on November 8.

The potential shortage is a "manageable situation", Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada, tells Robinson. Ag experts say excessive cold and wet weather put the squeeze on spuds in leading potato producing regions like Idaho, Colorado, North Dakota, Maine and Oregon.

So what's a spud-lover to do?

And potatoes originally designated for other purposes, like chips or the bags of fresh potatoes you buy at the store, might instead be used to make French fries. "It's just the behind the scenes, those raw potatoes may have moved in different areas than perhaps they would in areas where there's lots of supplies".

Of course, the shortage might create new opportunities to show your love over the holidays by showering friends and family with french fries at every meal.

Would you like fries with that?

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