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Global trade in potatoes increasing, valued at more than 11 billion euro in 2016

According to a report published by FreshPlaza, the global trade in potatoes, including potato products, had a value of more than 11 billion euro in 2016. Globally, the Netherlands is the most important exporter, with an export value of 2.4 billion euro last year. Belgium is in second place with an export value of 1.9 billion euro in 2016. Regarding value, the frozen potato products rule the roost. And the global trade is still growing considerably in this year by year. In 2016, it was six billion euro. That was an increase of more than ten per cent compared to 2015. Regarding volume, the global trade in potato products also still shows growth each year – in 2016, 7.4 million tonnes were traded globally. The global trade in consumption potatoes is still growing as well, but seen over a period of ten years, the increase is levelling off. In 2016, 10.5 million tonnes of consumption potatoes were internationally traded. Compared to 2006, this is about 1.5 million tonnes more. The global trade in seed potatoes is also growing, although less. The Netherlands is a market leader with a share of about 60 per cent. Full report

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