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Idaho Potato Commission announces value of 2017 crop: 22,7% higher

Image result for idaho potatoesIdaho, the United State’s top producing potato state since 1957, reached a new crop high in 2017. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the preliminary estimated value for the Idaho® Potato crop is $1.2 billion, a 22.7% leap from the previous year. Harvested acreage was down 5% and yields were down 1.2%. Foodservice operators can thank a large crop of quality Idaho® potatoes (approximately 13 billion pounds) for continued year round availability. Currently, foodservice accounts for approximately 50% of Idaho® Potato sales, including fresh potatoes, as well as processed (fries and chips) and dehydrated potato products. Americans love their potatoes. In 2017, potatoes overtook tomatoes as the most purchased fresh vegetable (2017 Fresh Trends Survey, The Packer). More

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