Potatoes are on display at a Loblaws. Canada was the top-ranked export market for U.S. fresh potatoes in 2017. ( Pamela Riemenschneider )

Led by double-digit growth in Canada and Mexico, U.S. fresh potato exports soared 17% in value last year.

U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics reveal 2017 U.S. fresh potato exports totaled $238.8 million, up 17% from a year ago.

Volume of fresh potatoes exported in 2017 totaled 544,624 metric tons, up 11% from 2016.



Canada was the top-ranked export market for U.S. fresh potatoes, taking $101 million, up 15% from 2016.

Volume of U.S. fresh potatoes sold to Canada totaled 263,426 metric tons, up 9%.

Sales to Mexico were $41.8 million in 2017, up 14% from 2016. Volume of U.S. fresh potato exports to Mexico totaled 93,350 metric tons, up 2% from 2016.

Sales to other markets, with gains/loss compared with a year ago:

  • Taiwan, $22.2 million (19%);
  • Japan, $18.47 million (-5%);
  • Philippines, $11.9 million (80%);
  • South Korea, $8.9 million (160%); and
  • Malaysia, $6.5 million (19%).
Submitted by F.R. Von Bargen on Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:06

While it is encouraging to see the increase of exports to Canada of our fresh potatoes we also should acknowledge the amount of frozen French fries being imported to the United Sates. These value-added products can and are produced in this country and I am glad to see that Lamb Weston with their “Idaho” marketed product is showing rapid growth in the U.S.A.