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Norwegians buy massive amounts of almond potatoes for Xmas dinner

In Norway, 25% of the almond potatoes are sold for the year in the two weeks before Christmas. This is according to the Norwegian Agricultural Association. Last year, Norwegians bought about 9,000 tons of almond potatoes. A quarter of these were bought at Christmas time.

Elin Hoel, Landbruksdirektoratet's Senior Adviser, says, "We see that Norwegian are buying fewer potatoes at stores than before. Sales of normal potatoes have fallen. These were 20% lower in 2018 than in 2017. However, almond potato sales only dropped by ten percent. At Christmas, everyone suddenly wants almond potatoes."

If all goes well, there will be sufficient almond potatoes on the shelves for Christmas. The supply might, however, not last until next season. Norway experienced a cold spring this year. Cultivation was, therefore, not at its best.


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