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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:22 PM

America braces for possible french fry shortage after poor potato harvest

Source: Omaha World Herald-Bloomberg

By Ashley Robinson

Potato processors are rushing to buy supplies and ship them across North America in order to keep French fries on the menu after cold, wet weather damaged crops in key producers in the U.S. and Canada.

Cool conditions started to hit growing regions in October, lashing potatoes with frost. Farmers in Alberta and Idaho were able to dig up some damaged crops for storage. But growers in Manitoba, North Dakota and Minnesota received snow and rain, forcing them to abandon some supplies in fields.

As the wild weather hurt crops, an increase in fry-processing capacity in Canada has boosted demand. The combination will lead to tight supplies, and it’s likely that potato prices could climb this year across North America, Stephen Nicholson, a senior grains and oilseeds analyst at Rabobank, said in a phone interview. International costs may also rise as the U.S. won’t be able to export as much.

“French fry demand has just been outstanding lately, and so supplies can’t meet the demand,” Travis Blacker, industry-relations director with the Idaho Potato Commission, said in a phone interview.


"French fry demand has just been outstanding lately, and so supplies can't meet the demand," said Travis Blacker, industry-relations director with the Idaho Potato Commission.

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Read more: https://www.omaha.com/news/trending/america-braces-for-possible-french-fry-shortage-after-poor-potato/article_ea43a911-9867-57cf-8934-73fedf43b07a.html

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Reply America braces for possible french fry shortage after poor potato harvest (Original post)
Omaha Steve Dec 2 OP
PJMcK Dec 2 #1
quid amateur quo Dec 3 #21
BigmanPigman Dec 2 #2
bucolic_frolic Dec 2 #3
Mike 03 Dec 2 #4
jpak Dec 2 #5
StClone Dec 2 #8
lagomorph777 Dec 3 #25
DENVERPOPS Dec 2 #6
quid amateur quo Dec 2 #7
mahatmakanejeeves Dec 2 #9
Canoe52 Dec 2 #16
Harker Dec 2 #18
onetexan Dec 2 #10
greyl Dec 3 #19
jayfish Dec 3 #27
onetexan Dec 3 #30
onetexan Dec 3 #31
meadowlander Dec 2 #11
former9thward Dec 2 #12
tanyev Dec 2 #13
yaesu Dec 2 #14
Collimator Dec 2 #15
olddad65 Dec 2 #17
truthisfreedom Dec 3 #20
MissMillie Dec 3 #22
Vinca Dec 3 #23
Mendocino Dec 3 #24
no_hypocrisy Dec 3 #26
csziggy Dec 3 #28
enid602 Dec 3 #29
LudwigPastorius Dec 3 #32

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:25 PM

1. Another result of global climate change

Will the scarcity of french fries bring this issue home for the deniers?

Nope.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 04:59 AM

21. I Agree

 

But if we tell 'em their FREEDOM FRIES are in jeopardy, we might get a different result!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:26 PM

2. Due to lack of migrants to pick fields in CA

there is a shortage and an increase in cost of several products produced in the state. Olives is one of them.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:27 PM

3. Local spot market glutted in October

3 pounds organic - 99 cents

2 x 5 pounds russet - $3

I thought it odd, now it makes sense ... early glut followed by scarcity

Time to stock up!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:31 PM

4. Would be sadly ironic if it were a french fry shortage that finally woke people up to

the reality of climate change.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:33 PM

5. I only grew 30 pounds this year - it's going to be a long winter

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Response to jpak (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 05:35 PM

8. Bad seed taters hurt my yield

I try to plant around 120-130 hills and this year only 80-some came up! Never had that problem ever. Low production on the plants which grew, too. Out of seven years this is the worst ever.

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Response to jpak (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 10:00 AM

25. I'd like to shrink 30 pounds this year.

...and many of us might do so if we can't get our French Fries. Not the end of the world!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:34 PM

6. Holy Shit, sound battle stations

The fat boy lard ass will declare a national emergency..........Mean while, the Republicans in the Senate will arrange for a private supplier to keep Donnies McDonald stocked with ample potatoes for six months......

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:37 PM

7. I blame Dan Quayle

 

Judgment is finally upon us for his grievous "potatoe" sin against the English language.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 05:49 PM

9. Freedom fries!



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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:17 PM

16. Don't tell me we have to call them freedom fries again!

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Response to Canoe52 (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 11:03 PM

18. With the impending tariffs on French goods

and the inevitable blowback... yes, we're likely headed toward another round of francophobia.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 05:54 PM

10. heaven forbid - McD's french fries will double in value

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Response to onetexan (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 01:49 AM

19. Malarkey. Cost maybe, but not value. nt

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Response to greyl (Reply #19)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 11:36 AM

27. McDonalds Fries, Straight From the Fryer, Are...

priceless.

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Response to jayfish (Reply #27)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:23 PM

30. I love 'em, greasy & all

The fries & their frappe are the only things i like from mcD's. Great for a quickie on the road

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Response to greyl (Reply #19)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:23 PM

31. Well, value to McD's corp & franchise owners

Cost to consumers ur right

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 06:04 PM

11. Why does climate change have to go after the best foods first?

Chocolate, coffee and now potatoes?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 06:19 PM

12. I just bought 20 pounds for $2.00 at the store.

No shortage in Chicago.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 06:35 PM

13. Oh dear God! Will desperate, hungry Americans be forced to eat broccoli?

It might work if they dipped the broccoli in batter, deep fried it, and then smothered it in cheese.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 06:57 PM

14. it was a cool summer, soon there will be years without a summer. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:12 PM

15. Fighting off a temptation to make a poor taste joke. . .

. . .about migrating to Ireland.

BTW, a friend of mine who is of Irish heritage actually thought that potatoes came from Ireland originally.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 09:03 PM

17. No rice shortage. Who needs potatoes, especially french fries?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 03:09 AM

20. Smaller portions, restaurants! How many fries go in the trash? Half of them?

In many cases I'd say yes.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 08:05 AM

22. And the double-whammy

you can cut back on potatoes, but there's going to be a tariff on rice....

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 08:06 AM

23. Oh, no, and I just perfected oven fries.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 09:57 AM

24. Would you like some

potatoes with your grease?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 10:44 AM

26. Climate Change Claims Another Victim . . . . . .

When will government, business, and citizens get real about Climate Change?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 12:08 PM

28. That's OK with me - in the UK there were potatoes with almost every meal

Chips (they name for fries), crisps (their name for chips), mashed, and all sorts of other ways potatoes can be prepared. Every damn meal, including breakfast you got potatoes unless you specifically excluded them

I;m going back on my diet, so potatoes will soon be off my list of permissible food.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:17 PM

29. The great American potato famine

Well, thanks to Trump we'll have plenty of corn and soy beans to bridge the gap.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:37 PM

32. Oh, well...


Just may be the extra push I need to go keto in 2020.

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