Last year, a total of 55.3 million tons of potatoes were harvested in the European Union. Most were harvested in Germany and end up as crisp or frozen chips.
Germany was the largest producer and accounted for 21.2 per cent of EU production, followed by Poland (16.4 per cent), France (15.7 per cent), the Netherlands (12.7 per cent) and Belgium (7.2 per cent).
These five Member States accounted for nearly 75 per cent of the total EU production of potatoes. Spain is the seventh largest producer of potatoes in the European Union. Germany produced more than 21 per cent of Europe’s potatoes. Spain produced about four per cent, according to EuroStat.
Besides exporting and trading raw potatoes for food and seeds, EU also processes its potatoes into four main types of products, frozen potatoes (mainly fries), prepared or preserved potatoes (mostly crisps), dried potatoes, and potato starch.
The overall value of EU processed potato production reached € 9.1 billion in 2019, or 1.6 per cent of the value of production of the whole European food industry. Frozen chips and crisps were the most significant potato products in terms of production value.
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