UPDATE: POTATOES – SUPPLY CHALLENGES PERSIST

August 30, 2022

Potato supply challenges persist in the Northwest. Demand outpaces harvest yields and pack-outs. Expect highly elevated markets and tight supplies to persist for the next several weeks.

  • Current new crop harvests in the Northwest are dominated by small-size potatoes (80- thru 120-count supplies)
  • The ample amount of small-size potatoes currently being harvested are filling production facilities, causing space issues in warehouses and limiting many supplier’s ability to continue to produce
  • Supply will also be affected by the upcoming Labor Day weekend
    • Suppliers will not produce Saturday, Sunday, or Monday (Labor Day)
    • Next week’s loading will start off slow
  • U.S. No. 2 supplies will remain tight
    • The majority of fresh-run Norkotahs are being packed in U.S. No. 1 cartons, as supplies look their best straight out of the field
    • Expect elevated prices for U.S. No. 2 packs

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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