Potatoes in Canada

Potato holdings were up significantly at end of 2022

January 27, 2023  By Top Crop Manager

Potato storage holdings in December were up almost 12 per cent over the three year average according to a report provided to the industry by the United Potato Growers of Canada.

“Demand is strong overall for both fresh and processing given the short crop in the United States,” noted Victoria Stamper, the United general manager. “We can see the pull in eastern Canada with just over 26 per cent of inventory already shipped based on harvest numbers until now.”

In PEI, there were 22,252,000 hundredweight in storage for all sectors as of December 1. That was down 3.3 per cent over the same period in 2021 but 12.7 per cent above the three year average. Holdings were down in all of the eastern provinces compared to 2021 (8.3 per cent in New Brunswick, 7.9 per cent in Quebec and 8.6 per cent for Ontario). However, all three provinces were also above the three year average– the 11,587,000 in New Brunswick was 8.3 per cent over the average, the Quebec total of 9,886,000 was 4.1 per cent over the average while the Ontario total of 5,682,000 was 8.2 per cent above the three year total.

That left eastern Canada with 49,407,000 cwt in storage– 8.5 per cent below 2021 but 8.2 per cent above the average.

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