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Potato Industry Worldwide - Statistics & Facts

One of the world’s most versatile and main food crops is the potato: a root vegetable. The annual plant is rich with essential vitamins and minerals and can be served in a variety of ways, such as mashed, roasted, baked, or boiled. Additionally, spuds can be ground into potato flour, which can then be used for baking.

In 2018, an estimated 370 million metric tons of potatoes were produced worldwide. Compared to one year earlier, this is a decrease of over five million tons. China was 2018’s leading country in terms of production: the country accounted for approximately 90 million metric tons of potatoes that year. India ranked second with an annual output of some 50 million metric tons. Roughly 90 million metric tons’ worth of sweet potatoes were produced worldwide in 2018. Production of this particular plant has decreased slightly since 2011. The value of the sweet potato market, however, is projected to grow by about 20 percent between 2018 and 2027.

Potatoes are exported around the world in different forms. In 2018, frozen prepared or preserved potatoes had a total export value of about seven and a half billion U.S. dollars, making it the leading potato export method. The annual export value of fresh potatoes for the Netherlands stood at just under 800 million U.S. dollars in 2018. Other major fresh potato exporters included France and Germany. In the same year, Belgium was the leading importer of fresh and chilled potatoes in the world, with an import value of approximately 480 million U.S. dollars.

On the Chinese processed vegetables, fruit, and potatoes market, an estimated 65 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of revenue was generated. China was the country with the highest amounts of revenue within this market worldwide that year. As of February 2020, the country with the highest market price per kilogram of potatoes was Japan. On the island, one kilogram would cost a buyer an average of three and a half U.S. dollars.

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