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US potato exporters optimistic about 2020 shipments

Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines are the top five export market for Idaho potatoes, according to the Eagle-based Idaho Potato Commission. 

Markets in Central America, the Caribbean and Hong Kong round out the top 10.

U.S. potato and potato product exports have been on a growth trajectory in recent years, having risen 4.58% in volume and 4.63% in value in 2017 compared to 2016, for example, according to the Denver-based promotion group Potatoes USA

Fresh potato exports were up 6% in 2017 while frozen and chip exports were up 1%, according to a Potatoes USA news release.

In those years, according to a fresh weight equivalent measure, about 20% of U.S. potato output was exported, Potatoes USA said.

Exports of all U.S. potatoes and potato products reached a record $1.76 billion for the July 2016 to June 2017 marketing year.

Interest continues to grow across the export market for U.S., as well as Idaho potatoes, said Corey Griswold, COO of Hailey, Idaho-based grower-shipper ProSource Inc. 

“We are experiencing a lot of interest in a variety of export markets right now,” he said. “Mexico, Central. America and the Pacific Rim are all active buyers.”

In 2018, three fresh Idaho shippers worked with the commission in an effort to “increase their understanding of export opportunities,” and the commission anticipates their participation in the upcoming crop year,” said Ross Johnson, international marketing director with the Idaho Potato Commission.

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