USDA report: Potato use sags, onion prices climb

10/28/2010 02:00:00 AM

Per-capita consumption of potatoes fell 4 percent from 2008 levels, totalling 113.1 pounds on a fresh-weight basis. Much of the decrease was attributed to the recession and a softened demand from foodservice.

The acreage and production of fall storage onions dipped, prompting strong prices for much of the season. In fact, the shipping-point price for all fresh-market onions was up 77 percent from a year earlier.

These are just a few of the commodities highlighted in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Oct. 28 "Vegetables and Melons Outlook."

Read the complete report at the USDA.

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