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US potato exports increase

US potato exports were on an upswing during the first quarter of the 2019-20 marketing year, according to a report published by Potato Country magazine.

This continues the growth seen at the end of the last marketing year and is in despite of continuing trade issues in Asia, according to the report. These figures reflect potato and product stocks coming out of the last marketing year.

Continued growth will depend on the availability of potatoes and products in the U.S. based on the lower than average fall harvest and the size of the rebound in EU production, according to Potatoes USA.

During the first quarter, July through September 2019, exports of frozen potato products increased 9 percent in volume and 10 percent in value to $305,045,624. Dehydrated potato exports grew 18 percent in volume and 22 percent in value to $59,301,492. Exports of fresh potatoes (table stock, chip stock and frozen stock) increased 17 percent in volume and 13 percent in value to $77,689,365.

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