Michigan potato supply chain valued at $2.5 billion

The Michigan Potato Industry Commission says the economic impact of the state’s potato supply chain is substantial.

Executive Director Dr. Kelly Turner tells Brownfield potatoes in 2022 were the state’s second-largest produce commodity in terms of volume and value.

“Really nothing to this level has been done in the past and so we’re really excited to show the $2.5 billion economic impact to the state.”

Phil Gusmano is a Michigan Potato Industry Commission commissioner and Vice President of Purchasing of Detroit-based Better Made Snack Foods. He tells Brownfield Michigan’s supply chain is working well.

“At Better Made, we have had such good relations with our growers that we have not had any issues in any situation over the last five years where we have not been able to receive the potatoes that that we’ve contracted for,” he says.

He says Michigan is the nation’s leading chipping supplier with 70 percent of the state’s production grown for chips.

“In total, we calculate that one out of every four bags of chips made in the U.S. is filled with Michigan potatoes,” he says.

Michigan Potato Industry Commission Chair and Farm Manager at Walther Farms in Three Rivers Ryan Norton says fresh potatoes make up an additional 20 percent of Michigan production.  Seed production and processing both make up an additional five percent.

Officials discussed the results of the econiomic impact report with reporters Tuesday.

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