Netherlands: Impact of COVID 19 on the Dutch Potato Industry

Due to the temporary closure of restaurants and fast food chains worldwide, Dutch producers of potatoes and products are faced with full warehouses. The Netherlands is one of Europe’s largest producers and one of the world’s largest exporters of frozen pre-fried potato products (mainly French fries) and heavily depends on export markets. An estimated 1.5 million MT of the 2019 ware potato harvest is still in storage. There are several initiatives the industry has undertaken to find an alternative for almost one million MT. In addition, the Dutch government announced a €50 million program to compensate ware potato growers for the effects of the corona virus.

Netherlands: Impact of COVID 19 on the Dutch Potato Industry