From April to June 2021, sales of potatoes in the United States decreased in dollar value by 10.5% and in volume by 15.5% compared to the same period in 2020. However, when sales are compared to this same period in 2019, sales increased in value and volume.
Consumers spent $ 317 million more on potatoes from April to June 2021 than in 2019 and bought 53 million pounds more potatoes, demonstrating that demand for potatoes is high in the markets. grocery stores.
The best-performing potato categories in 2020 posted the largest declines in 2021. Canned, dehydrated, fresh and frozen potatoes all fell double-digit in dollar and volume terms. In the fresh potato category, medley potatoes maintained positive growth while sales of other fresh types declined from 2020. Russian and white potatoes saw the largest percentage decline in dollars and in volume. Small potatoes were almost even in dollars with a decline of just 0.1% and a slight drop in volume of 1.7%. An increase in micro-steamer and tray packaging shows that consumers have increased their purchases of prepackaged products compared to the same period last year. Sales of fresh potatoes are slightly lower than 2019 levels in volume, but higher in dollars.