Which Countries Import Most Dutch Potatoes? Vegetables And Melons September 16, 2015
Author: Olga Minchina
Account Manager

The Netherlands is a country with a deeply entrenched tradition of cultivating potatoes. Its moderate maritime climate and fertile soil provide perfect conditions for potato growers. The Dutch Bintje variety is one of the most well-known potato types across the globe.

Presently, more than two hundred potato varieties are grown in the Netherlands. However, Dutch farmers do not rest on their laurels, tirelessly enhancing their product range and constantly introducing new potato types with new properties that may be manifested in color, shape, size, flavor, time of harvesting and many other characteristics.

It is thanks to the implementation of these new technologies and innovative ideas in the industry that Dutch farmers can proudly offer an extraordinary variety of potatoes to consumers all over the world. The well-established chain of close cooperation between farmers, researchers, traders, food distributors and environmental organizations guarantees the high quality of Dutch potatoes, as well as environmentally friendly approaches in its cultivation.

What's more, the Dutch potato is available all year round thanks to optimally equipped storage facilities. An efficient distribution system ensures that their products quickly reach their customers throughout Europe and much further afield.

In 2014, Belgium and Germany were the main destinations of the Netherlands's potatoes, with a combined share of 32.9%. Germany strengthened its position in the Netherlands' export structure, from 10.5% in 2007 to 13.7% in 2014. However, the fastest growing suppliers from 2007 to 2014 were Iraq (+35.2% per year) and Egypt (+16.8% per year).

In 2014, Germany was the main potato supplier into the Netherlands. It was distantly followed by Belgium (339 thousand tonnes), France (137 thousand tonnes) and Israel (37 thousand tonnes), together making up 95.6% of the Netherlands' imports. While Germany strengthened its position in the Netherlands' import structure, Belgium saw its share reduced from 30.4% in 2007 to 20.0% in 2014.

Source: Netherlands: Potatoes - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2020