The volume and value of U.S. potato exports rose in 2013-14.
About 70.7 million cwt. of U.S.-grown potatoes were exported in the 12 months ending in June, 7.5% more than in 2012-13, according to the Denver-based U.S. Potato Board.
Fresh-market exports, which made up 14% of all potato exports, rose 6%.
The value of 2013-14 spud exports was more than $1.7 billion, 7% more than the previous season and a record.
The 2013-14 export total was 18% of total U.S. potato production, the board’s International Marketing Committee co-chairman, Carl Hoverson, said in a news release.
The value of potato exports has grown 50% and volumes have increased 34% in the past five years, according to the board.
The top export markets in 2013-14, in order, were Japan, Canada and Mexico. Korea took over the No. 4 spot from China, and the Philippines saw the largest percentage growth — 39%.