Fresh, Dehy, Frozen Exports Increase

Published online: Oct 12, 2017 Articles
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Source: Potato Business

Exports of frozen, dehydrated and fresh potatoes in July 2017 all showed gains compared to July 2016, according to Potatoes USA.

The volume of frozen exports was up 1 percent, with the value up 3 percent to $94 million. The volume of exports of dehydrated potatoes was up 12 percent, and the value up 12 percent to $17 million. Fresh potato export volume was up 51 percent, with the value up 41 percent to $33 million.

Exports of frozen potato products to Mexico and Japan continued their recent recovery and were up 11 and 10 percent, respectively. Korea (up 10 percent), Malaysia (up 10 percent) and the Philippines (up 13 percent) all continued the strong growth from last marketing year. Declines were seen in China (down 31 percent), Indonesia (down 69 percent), Thailand (down 32 percent) and Central America (down 20 percent). 

Dehy exports continued the increases from the last quarter of the previous marketing year, and were led by a 26 percent increase to Mexico, a 123 percent increase to Indonesia, an 88 percent increase to the Philippines, and a 26 percent increase to Japan. Unfortunately, China (down 11 percent), Malaysia (down 58 percent) and Korea (down 83 percent) all continued their recent declines.

Fresh exports (both table-stock and chip-stock) had a lot of positive growth in July 2017 compared to 2016, with the largest fresh export market, Canada, up 49 percent. Many markets in Asia were up significantly: the Philippines was up 311 percent, Taiwan 142 percent, Japan 103 percent, and Malaysia 90 percent. Mexico did see a decline of 6 percent, and Central America was off 39 percent.