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Eagle ID (August 2015) — In a new Ranker poll, the potato tops the competition as the peoples’ #1 favorite vegetable.1 As such, potatoes hold an important position on foodservice menus as a foundation for profitable snacks, appetizers, side dishes, and entrées. Extensively menued in every segment (81.8% penetration2), all potato styles are sold into foodservice where processed potatoes account for 78% of the volume. Of the processed portion, frozen potatoes represent 61% (by far the largest use of potatoes in the U.S.), chips 9%, dehydrated 5% and refrigerated 3%.3

          Little wonder processed potatoes are popular among foodservice operators. Made from top quality Idaho® potatoes, frozen potatoes are available in a wide range of cuts and customized styles: French fries, hash browns, formed (potato tots), mashed and specialty. Frozen potatoes deliver consistently rich potato taste and texture year round. Operators and customers alike can depend on enjoyment and satisfaction with every serving.

          Dehydrated potatoes–economical, easy to store and quick to prepare–have found a solid customer base in onsite foodservice, snack foods and bakery applications. When time and convenience are critical to success, dehydrated potatoes produce silky mashed potatoes or crispy hash browns in minutes.

          For more information about Idaho® potatoes in foodservice applications, visit For other menu concepts using all Idaho® potato forms and styles, visit the IPC recipe database. While on the site, check out the Idaho® potato preparation tips, and find answers and solutions to operational and culinary FAQs.


1 “The Potato is the People’s #1 Favorite Vegetable,” Ranker, August 18, 2015.

2 Potatoes: Menuing & Trends, Datassential Menu Trends, June 2014.

3 2013 Potato Sales & Utilization, United States Potato Board.


About the Idaho Potato Commission

Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho’s growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain–fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil, give Idaho® potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance. These ideal growing conditions are what differentiate Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states. For more information, visit: