December 20, 2012
U.S. PROCESSORS USE FEWER POTATOES THAN LAST YEAR
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Processing to December 1, 2012 in the
Dehydrating usage in the nine processing states, excluding starch and flour, accounted for 13.5 million cwt of raw potatoes in 2012, compared to 13.4 million cwt in 2011.
The 13 major potato states held 280 million cwt of potatoes in storage December 1, 2012, up 11 percent from a year ago. Potatoes in storage accounted for 68 percent of the 2012 fall storage states' production, up 2 percent from the previous year.
Potato disappearance, at 132 million cwt, was 2 percent above December 1, 2011. Season-to-date shrink and loss, at 13.7 million cwt, was unchanged from the same date in 2011.
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