Potatoes USA's analysis of June 2017 and June 2018 sales show that volume of russets were down, but higher prices brought overall value for the variety in line with year-ago prices. ( File photo )

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.