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POTATO PRODUCTION & CONSUMPTION

U.S. per capita potato usage (pounds)

 

1970

1980

1990

2000

2011

Total

121.7

114.7

123.9

137.7

110.3

Fresh

61.8

51.1

46.7

47.2

34.1

Processed

59.9

63.6

77.2

90.5

76.2

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service


In 2007 total world production of potatoes was more than 320 million tonnes, and about 2/3 were consumed by people as food. The other 1/3 is used as animal feed, and as potato starch in pharmaceuticals, textiles, adhesives, and in the wood & paper industries, etc.

The top 5 potato producing countries in 2007:

    • China 72 million tonnes
    • Russian Federation 36.8 million tonnes
    • India 26.3 million tonnes
    • Ukraine 19 million tonnes
    • USA 17.7 million tonnes.
     

Top 10 Potato Producing States (2006 USDA)

    1. Idaho 12.89 Billion Pounds)
    2. Washington 8.99 Billion Pounds)
    3. Wisconsin 2.94 Billion Pounds)
    4. North Dakota 2.55 Billion Pounds)
    5. Colorado 2.40 Billion Pounds)
    6. Minnesota 2.04 Billion Pounds)
    7. Oregon 1.85 Billion Pounds)
    8. Maine 1.80 Billion Pounds)
    9. California 1.51 Billion Pounds)
    10. Michigan 1.42 Billion Pounds)
     

U.S. Per Capita Potato Consumption (2007 USDA)

    Total: 126 pounds
    Frozen: 53 pounds
    Fresh: 44 pounds
    Chips: 16 pounds
    Dehydrated: 13 pounds
     

Top 10 per capita consumption of potatoes
(2005, UN FAO):

    • Belarus - 745 pounds
    • Kyrgyzstan - 335 pounds
    • Russian Fed. - 313 pounds
    • Ukraine - 312 pounds
    • Latvia - 300 pounds
    • Armenia - 290 pounds
    • Lithuania - 288 pounds
    • Poland - 281 pounds
    • Rwanda - 275 pounds
    • Portugal - 261 pounds
     

 

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