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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. In 2019, an estimated 370 million metric tons of potatoes were produced worldwide. China is the leading potato producer worldwide: 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 that year. 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 by 2027.

International trade

Potatoes are exported around the world in different forms. In 2020, frozen prepared or preserved potatoes had a total export value of about 6.8 billion U.S. dollars, making it the leading potato export method. The Netherlands is the major global fresh potato exporter with an export value at over 800 million U.S. dollars in 2020. 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 595 million U.S. dollars.

Potato processing market

Regarding the processing market, the global potato processing was valued at about 25.7 billion U.S. dollars. The market was forecast to reach 38 billion U.S. dollars by 2026. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is among the leading fresh fruit and vegetable processors worldwide. In 2019, fruit and vegetable sales of Fresh Del Monte amounted to about 4.54 billion U.S. dollars. 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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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. In 2019, an estimated 370 million metric tons of potatoes were produced worldwide. China is the leading potato producer worldwide: 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 that year. 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 by 2027.

International trade

Potatoes are exported around the world in different forms. In 2020, frozen prepared or preserved potatoes had a total export value of about 6.8 billion U.S. dollars, making it the leading potato export method. The Netherlands is the major global fresh potato exporter with an export value at over 800 million U.S. dollars in 2020. 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 595 million U.S. dollars.

Potato processing market

Regarding the processing market, the global potato processing was valued at about 25.7 billion U.S. dollars. The market was forecast to reach 38 billion U.S. dollars by 2026. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is among the leading fresh fruit and vegetable processors worldwide. In 2019, fruit and vegetable sales of Fresh Del Monte amounted to about 4.54 billion U.S. dollars. 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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