Japan: Japan Potato Annual 2017

After storms decimated Japanese potato production in marketing year (MY) 2016/17, FAS/Tokyo forecasts a substantial recovery of Japanese potato production in MY 2017/18 to 2.315 million metric tons (MT), largely restoring production to pre-typhoon levels. Strong growth in Japan’s fast food and restaurant sectors drove increased demand for frozen potato products such as french fries. Accordingly, FAS/Tokyo forecasts a six percent increase in Japan’s import and consumption of frozen potato products in MY 2017/18 (to 385,000 MT). 

Japan: Japan Potato Annual 2017