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    A French Fry shortage may be coming to a town near you

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    Potato processors are rushing to buy supplies and ship them across North America in order to keep French fries on the menu after cold, wet weather has damaged crops in key producing areas of the U.S. and Canada.

    As the wild weather hurt crops, an increase in fry-processing capacity in Canada has boosted demand. The combination will lead to tight supplies, and it’s likely that potato prices could climb this year across North America, Stephen Nicholson, a senior grains and oilseeds analyst at Rabobank, said in a phone interview. International costs may also rise as the U.S. won’t be able to export as much.

    “French fry demand has just been outstanding lately, and so supplies can’t meet the demand,” Travis Blacker, industry-relations director with the Idaho Potato Commission, said in a phone interview.

    The United Potato Growers of Canada estimates about 12,000 Manitoba acres (about 4,900 hectares), or 18% of the province’s planted area, were left unharvested -- equal to what was abandoned for all of Canada last season. About 6.5% of Alberta’s potatoes are estimated to be frost damaged. Manitoba is the country’s second-largest grower, followed by Alberta. Prince Edward Island is No. 1. The government will issue estimates for the nation’s crop on Dec. 6.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts domestic output will drop 6.1% this year to the lowest since 2010, the agency said in a Nov. 8 report. In Idaho, the top producer, output is forecast to fall 5.5%.

    Part of the problem for processors is the crop damage means potatoes are coming in smaller. French-fry makers usually favor longer spuds.

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    Re: A French Fry shortage may be coming to a town near you

    Fry makers prefer the long spud
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    Re: A French Fry shortage may be coming to a town near you

    Curly-cue fries with the skins on...a western New York favorite.

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    Re: A French Fry shortage may be coming to a town near you

    All over Idaho right now........

    "Okay, fellows. This is not a drill. We practiced and practiced. We knew this day would come. We're ready. Are we going to let America depend on wimpy Maine potatoes? Not on my watch.

    America let us into the Union when they could have just let us be western Montana. Nobody wants to be western Montana. This is our Lafayette moment. America we are here"
    The lowest acceptable payroll amount for ownership to show they are not greedy pigs is 15 million more than they are currently paying. No matter what that currently is.

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