BEIJING, March 3 ( Xinhua) — Potato processors are scrambling to buy raw materials and ship them across North America to ensure the supply of French fries due to cold and wet weather that has caused potato harvests in the United States and Canada, according tomedia. While bad weather has hurt the potato harvest, increased processing capacity for Canadian fries has also led to increased demand for potatoes, which, taken together, have led to a tight supply of potatoes this year, with analysts expecting higher potato prices across North America.
And international potato prices will rise as U.S. exports fall.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that potato production in the U.S. will fall 6.1 percent this year, the lowest level since 2010. In Idaho, the largest U.S. potato producer, the potato harvest is expected to fall 5.5 percent.