Consumers, Storage

Potato consumption in Spain down 12% in six years

The preference of large distribution chains to import old potatoes in storage, bought at low prices, has caused a 12% drop in potato consumption in Spain over the last six years. According to data from the Food Consumption Panel MAGRAMA 2014, Spain has gone from an annual domestic consumption of 1,147,000 tonnes in 2008 to 1,028,000 tonnes in 2014. Supermarkets are selling potatoes for storage, kept for over 6 months in storage facilities at 4 degrees Celsius, as if Spanish new potatoes (fresh and freshly harvested). These potatoes are treated with chemicals to prevent sprouting. More

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