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

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

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

About 18 percent of the potato acreage in Manitoba went unharvested because of the weather, and 6.5 percent of Alberta crops experienced frost damage, according to Bloomberg.

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that domestic potato output will drop as much as 6.1% this year, marking the lowest potato harvest since 2010, and for Idaho, the largest producer of potatoes, will reportedly see their crop drop by 5.5%.

And in addition to being pricier, fries may also be shorter: Crop damage is causing potatoes to come in smaller, processors say.

Excessive cold and wet weather conditions in the USA and Canada severely impacted potato crops, and now the beloved root vegetable is in short supply with growing fears of a potential shortage.

Potato crop yields dropped in areas like Alberta, Colorado, Idaho, Manitoba, North Dakota, and Minnesota due to cold weather snaps between September and November. "Several farmers left potatoes in the ground to avoid the cost of digging them up", the USDA said.

Potato producers told the news outlet that they are attempting to purchase potatoes from across the continent after multiple harvests in Canada and the USA were ruined.

Canada increased fry-processing capacity that boosted demand, but with limited supplies that could lead to a possible poutine shortage.

Retailers are after long potatoes to make their French fries, but there have been less of those as the cold weather has stunted their growth.