Poor Harvest Could Lead to Nationwide Shortage of French Fries

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December 03, 2019 - 10:48 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Potato processors say that a poor harvest could mean a French fry shortage nationwide.

Key growing regions in the U.S. and Canada were hit with cold temperatures, frost, snow and ice, which took a hit on the type of potatoes used for fries.

The poor harvest, combined with record high demand for fries from fast food chains and grocery stores, means there are almost certain to be spot shortages, as well as higher prices.

“French fry demand has just been outstanding lately, and so supplies can’t meet the demand,” Travis Blacker of the Idaho Potato Commission told Bloomberg.