Edition 2020

Photo description: Woman tossing salt into a pan with chips.

What is our production of frozen fries?

In 2019, Dutch manufacturers produced almost 1.9 billion kg of frozen potato products such as fries, potato croquettes and rösti. This makes the Netherlands one of the largest producers of frozen fries. In addition, the Netherlands also imported 0.4 billion kg of this product. This raised the Netherlands’ total fry mountain to 2.3 billion kg in 2019. The largest part, 1.9 billion kg, was not eaten in the Netherlands, but elsewhere in the world. These exports were worth over 1.6 billion euros.

2.3 bn kgfries and other potato products18%imports82%domestic productionWhat is our production of frozen fries?

For years, Dutch and Belgian manufacturers have been responsible for more than half of all frozen potato products produced in Europe. The United Kingdom and Germany are also major manufacturers of frozen fries and related products. Europe produced a total of 5.6 billion kg of frozen potato products in 2019.

Exports of frozen potato products, 2019 (million kg)
Land Exports of frozen potato products
United Kingdom 406.2
Germany 191.0
France 125.4
Belgium 114.9
Saudi Arabia 91.2
Italy 88.3
Spain 78.9
United States 24.6

In 2019, the Netherlands imported 287 million euros worth of fries and other frozen potato products, almost two-thirds of which originates from the other country with a strong association with French fries: Belgium. In addition, Germany and France are important suppliers of frozen potato products.

Dutch exports of frozen potato products were worth over 1.6 billion euros in 2019. The United Kingdom was the largest customer, purchasing a fifth of these exports. Germany, France, Belgium and Italy also bought a relatively large quantity of frozen fries, potato croquettes and rösti from the Netherlands. The largest customer outside Europe was Saudi Arabia. More than 91 million kg of frozen fries were delivered to this country, accounting for almost 81 million euros.

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