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Anton HaverkortPotato and its derivatives increasingly become globally traded products. When I visit Chile and ask at a restaurant when eating French fries where they come from.

 

Anton HaverkortPotato and its derivatives increasingly become globally traded products. When I visit Chile and ask at a restaurant when eating French fries where they come from, they usually are from Belgian and Netherlands companies. Once in a German restaurant, of course, they came from Germany. The frozen French fries industry in Chile is insignificant and apparently it is cheaper to grow potatoes in Northwestern Europe, then fry and freeze them here, transport them through the Panama Canal all the way South, rather than producing them in the southern cone of South America. Similarly the South African frozen potato product market suffers from competition from imports from Egypt and Argentina. America exports to countries on the West side of the Pacific and even European products compete with local ones in Australia. Potato starch and flour is also traded globally whereas its production concentrates in northern Europe.

anton.haverkort@wur.nl