French Fry shortage possible after cold, wet potato harvest

French Fry shortage possible after cold, wet potato harvest

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After a cold, wet harvest season, potato processors are rushing to buy and ship supplies to keep French fries on the menu.

Bloomberg reports that the early winter weather caused problems for farmers in both the US and Canada. Growers in Alberta and Idaho were able to salvage some crops for storage while those in Manitoba, North Dakota, and Minnesota were forced to abandon some supplies in the field due to the snow and rain. 

Due to the crop damage, potatoes are coming in smaller; French-fries tend to be made from longer ones.

According to Rabobank, it's likely that potato prices could climb this year across North America.

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