ConAgra Foods plans to build a sweet potato processing plant in Louisiana. Primarily, of course, to cut them into fry shapes, so that fast food restaurants in the US can offer sweet potato fries on their menus.
Sweet potatoes are one of today’s hottest food trends with per capita consumption up 21 percent in the past five years according to the USDA. A 2007 Technomic survey showed that 85 percent of the general population is favorably inclined toward sweet potatoes.
But where will you be able to find sweet potato fries? It is a mystery.
A spokeswoman for ConAgra declined to tell Slashfood which fast-food restaurants might be using their taters citing confidentiality agreements.
Keep an eye out for sweet potato fries to pop up on fast food chain menus on or after November 2010, when the facility is slated to be built.