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In 2020, a total of 55.3 million tonnes of potatoes were harvested in the EU. Germany was the largest producer and accounted for 21.2% of EU production, followed by Poland (16.4%), France (15.7%), the Netherlands (12.7%) and Belgium (7.2%).

These five Member States accounted for nearly 75% of the total EU production of potatoes.

Bar chart: Production of potatoes, including seed potatoes by producing Member State, EU countries, 2020 data, as share of the total EU production

Data source: apro_cpsh1

EU’s main potato products are fries and crisps

Besides exporting and trading raw potatoes for food and seeds, EU also processes its potatoes into four main types of product: frozen potatoes (mainly fries), prepared or preserved potatoes (mostly crisps), dried potatoes, and potato starch.

The overall value of EU processed potato production reached € 9.1 billion in 2019, or 1.6 % of the value of production of the whole European food industry. Frozen chips and crisps were the most significant potato products in terms of production value.

Pie chart: production value of processed potatoes in the EU, in billion euro, for five main production groups (frozen potates (including fries), potatoes prepared or preserved (including crisps), dried potatoes, potato starch, other), 2019 data

Data source: DS-066341

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