Spud Scarcity Stays at Grocery Stores

You may have noticed a smaller supply of potatoes at the grocery store these days. Analysts say it could be slim pickings for a while.

Demand for potatoes spiked in the pandemic when shoppers wanted products with a long shelf life, and that demand has held steady. The Michigan Potato Industry Commission says labor, edible oil and packaging shortages have all created to a limited supply. Growers are paying more in freight for a truckload of spuds one way than it costs to grow and harvest them.


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