The Canadian potato market was marching along at an excellent pace until the events of Covid-19 took hold. Initially, the fresh side of the industry saw rapid sales increases as consumers began to stockpile potatoes for an extended period of time at home. Many packers were barely able to keep up with emptying store shelves.
Also, sales of processed potatoes such as french fries saw an initial increase as well, as people frequented fast casual establishments and quick service restaurants.
However, in recent days we have seen sales to food service drop off with the closure of seating areas in restaurants as governments promote stay at home isolation.
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Photo: Peter and Carla Vanderzaag, Ontario, Canada