Carolina sweet potato grower-shippers gamble, and win, on late-season rains

10/06/2010 02:37:29 PM
Pamela Riemenschneider

Prices have held steady for several years, thanks to increasing demand from foodservice and processors, said Stewart Precythe, president of Southern Produce Distributors, Faison.

“I see that trend continuing,” he said. “The market is very stable. I don’t think we’ll ever see cheap sweet potatoes again.”

Precythe said to maintain their operations and cost of production, grower-shippers have to at least make $14-16 f.o.b.

“It costs so much to produce them now,” he said.

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