Earlier this year, the Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) published an in depth analysis on the economic impact of the potato industry in Alberta. The report, “The Alberta Potato Industry – Growing Success in 2022” summarizes how the province’s potato industry has grown over the past few years and quantifies the economic impact of this growth on Alberta’s overall economy.
The data from the study validated the opinions of key industry players who were keenly aware growth had been ramping up, but did not have a comprehensive study of the industry’s current economic impact. James Bareman, Chair of the PGA, said a while back: “We knew our industry has seen accelerated growth in recent years, but we had no way of measuring its overall impact on our economy. We are pleased that we now have an accurate assessment of our industry’s contribution and delighted with the result. The industry could not have grown to this scale without the goodwill and collaboration of all parties – growers, processors, packers, the service sector, the scientific community, and governments. PGA warmly thanks all involved for their excellent contribution to growing our industry into the largest potato sector in Canada.”