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A new potato king in Canada

A new potato king in Canada

Posted on: 12/17/2018 | Author: ATB Financial's Economics + Research Team

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Prince Edward Island has long held the title of largest potato producer in the county. It even inspired a song by the great Stompin’ Tom Connors called Bud the Spud. But the island province with its signature red soil now has to share the crown with a sister province out west.

Alberta’s potato production grew again in 2018, and is now virtually tied with P.E.I. at more than 2.23 billion pounds. The chart below shows production in both provinces over the last twenty years. Alberta’s production is up 132 per cent while P.E.I.’s is down 18 per cent.

The other potato producing provinces, Manitoba and New Brunswick, produced 2.0 billion and 1.6 billion pounds in 2018, respectively.

The burgeoning production of potatoes in Alberta demonstrates growing economic diversity in the province. Along with a few other notable crops (particularly cannabis), Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industry continues to perform well. This is especially welcome news against the backdrop of an energy sector that continues to struggle.

Production of vegetables, including potatoes, is likely to expand in 2019 and beyond. Investments in new food manufacturing facilities, such as the new Cavendish Farms processing plant in Lethbridge that’s expected to be completed by the fall of 2019, will encourage more production.

Potato production, graph​​​

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