U.S. Potato Industry
Experts at the Food Innovation Center Experiment Station at Oregon State University* diligently researched the contribution of fry lengths to a serving size and, using a typical "fry scoop" serving container, created and tested a formula by which servings yield per case can be calculated quickly based on fry length.
If you know the length specifications of your fry product - that is, the percentages of different fry lengths making up your product - you can quickly determine the servings yield per case, based on OSU research; your cost per serving; and how they compare to yield and cost per serving expected with USDA Grade A Extra Long Fancy fries, as determined by university research. This profit calculator makes it easy for you to see for yourself!
If you don't know the length specifications of your French fry product, find out by asking your distributor. If your distributor does not know, ask him to contact the processor. Better yet, start specifying only USDA Grade A Extra Long Fancy fries to assure maximum servings yield and profitability from your fry station.
*Food Innovation Center Experiment Station, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University, Portland, Oregon. 2002
Calculate servings yield per case based on length specifications of fries and profit difference from cases of different specifications.
To have the profit calculator provide an estimated servings yield, enter the percentage of mass in each fry length category, replacing the numbers in the provided example: