Overall potato volumes sold at U.S. retailers slipped in June compared to a year ago the same month, but with an almost 5% increase in price per-pound, values increased slightly.
That includes fresh and processed categories; fresh sales volumes alone dropped 5.9%.
The June 2018/18 comparison by Potatoes USA showed volume of retail sales dropped 3.2%, but overall value of the category rose 1.1%.
Factors leading to the decline, according to Potatoes USA, were drops in:
- Fresh, down 5.9%
- Deli sides, down 11.4%
- Potato chips and canned potatoes, down 1% and 3.6%; respectively
Frozen and refrigerated potato products were up 2.6% and 2%, respectively.
Although the volume of russets were off by 10.9%, an 11.4% increase in price per-pound softened the drop to just 1% in overall sales value for the variety in the June comparison.
Increased volumes of fresh potato sales in June were:
- Yellows, 7.8%
- Whites, 3.8%
- Purples/blues, 39.5%
- Reds, 1.5%
- Potatoes in 1- to 4-pound bags, 5.2%
Heavier bags of potatoes declined, with 10-pound bags seeing a 15.4% drop, and heavier bags down 12.7%.
All figures were compiled by IRI, using retail data, according to the release.