Specialty potato market expands

12/04/2008 12:00:00 AM
Ashley Bentley

Glowczewski said he is seeing an increased demand for russets because of the lack of disposable income many consumers are facing.

“People are just going back to the 10-pound bag of potatoes because of disposable income,” Glowczewski said. “Reds and yellows usually cost more.” McCormick disagreed.

“The old days where the conventional wisdom was to sell your customers the largest possible bag of potatoes possible is dead,” he said. “There was a time when the more potatoes shoppers had in their pantry the more they cooked and consumed during the week. With todays’ hectic schedules, if you send home too many potatoes they will go bad before used ... (which) means a reluctance to buy again.”


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