Norman Brown, director of sales for the Raleigh, N.C. office of Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC, says the transit time is a deterrent, as well as the rate of return.
“We always try to give a nice return back to our growers and with exports sometimes that isn’t always the case,” he said.
Benefits of shipping to other counties include a market for more sizes.
“In the past, because of the acreage we’ve had, we’ve needed to ship oversees to use different sizes of potatoes,” Precythe said.
Domestic stores are starting to use those off-sizes as well, however, Precythe said.