Potato manufacturers in the Netherlands are approaching the limit of four million tons of processed potatoes annually.
From March 2016 to February 2017 in the Netherlands, 3.942 million tons of potatoes processed into consumer products, according to www.nieuweoogst.nu.
The Dutch Potato Organization (NAO) reveals that in the Netherlands have been processed 334,000 tons of potatoes, in February 2017. Last year in the same month, the processing volume stood at over 306,000 tons.
It is expected that the potato processing industry will break the limit of four million tons next summer, according to Hylke Brunt, secretary Vavi (Association for the Potato Processing Industry). "Reaching this milestone is a direct result of the investment by the Dutch potato industry in capacity expansion."
Dutch processors have past twelve months made 2.252 million tons of finished product of the total 3.942 million tons of potatoes. The processing efficiency thus comes to 57.1%. That is 3% higher than in the period from March 2015 to February 2016.
According to Brunt, manufacturers use energy more efficiently their raw material. "Furthermore, it is a result of increased underwater weight of potatoes harvest in 2016 and the average long tubers that give less loss in the process."