Europe is the second largest grower of potatoes worldwide; it is an industry well-rooted in its agricultural supply chain. The whole of Europe grows 122 million tonnes of potatoes, with EU production at 52 million tonnes of which 37 million tonnes is grown in Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands and the UK. Processed European potato production is worth more than 10 billion Euros.
According to World Potato Markets, in 2019, the EU total exports of processed potato products (frozen, flakes, flour and dehydrated – including chips) were €1.788 billion. Frozen fries and potato specialties alone represented 75% of the total (€1.338 billion). The sector is a fast growing export industry thanks to the advantages of large scale agriculture, high yields of potato crop in Europe and large production facilities. Total EU exports to all destinations, including within the EU, were €6.472 billion in 2019, which was up 95% compared to 2009. Frozen fry exports accounted for 70% of that total (€4.507 billion).