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Poor potato harvest could lead to french fry shortage, reports say

Posted at 7:11 AM, Dec 03, 2019

A poor potato crop could lead to a shortage of french fries in the coming months, Bloomberg reported Monday.

According to the news outlet, cold, wet conditions in the fall months stunted potato growth and damaged potato crops in the United States and Canada.

Frost and early snowfall in northern plains, Alberta and Manitoba forced farmers to scramble to save as much of their crops as they could. While some farmers were able to save portions of their crops for storage, United Potato Growers of Canada estimates that about one fifth of Manitoba's potato crops went unharvested. In the United States, potato output is expected to fall to its lowest level since 2010, according to Bloomberg.

To make matters worse for french fry producers, frost-damaged crops have produced smaller, stumpier potatoes — much shorter than the long potatoes manufacturers prefer for french fries.

Potato prices are expected to rise due to the smaller potato supply.