All latest monthly News, Consumers, COVID-19 News, Europe, UK, Ireland, Organizations in the News

Belgians urged to eat potato fries twice a week as civic duty

The potato industry is urging Belgian citizens to consume French fries at least twice per week in an effort to support the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Anna Starostinetskaya reports in VegNews.

Currently, Belgium has 750,000 tons of potatoes—the main ingredient for its national dish frites—that may go to waste if they are not consumed. Due to the lockdown, demand for potato products is down and Belgium’s capacity to store excess potatoes in freezers is being overwhelmed.  

“We’re working with supermarkets to see whether we can launch a campaign asking Belgians to do something for the sector by eating fries—especially frozen fries—twice a week during the coronavirus crisis. What we are trying to do is to avoid food waste, because every lost potato is a loss,” Romain Cools, secretary general of Belgian potato industry group Belgapom, told CNBC.

“A lot of people are really optimistic in my country and in the potato sector. But to be very honest, as we say in Dutch, I’m holding my heart for the months to come.”

In addition to asking consumers to do their part, Cools is seeking support for the potato industry from the European Union for the first time.

Source: VegNews

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

Lockwood Mfg


Kiremko Strata Invicta

Scotts Precision Manufacturing

Scotts Precision Manufacturing




Tomra Food

Solanum International




Wyma Solutions



Volm Companies


Receive email notifications when we publish news items on PNT

Please enter your email address below to receive email notifications when new posts are published.

Archive of monthly posts

Follow us on Twitter

Translate this page into your own language