In 2018, Belgian potato production achieved an absolute record harvest. This increase is the result of a rise in the surface area on which potatoes are cultivated, the varieties chosen and the impact of weather conditions.
The Netherlands is by far the most important buyer of fresh Belgian potatoes, with a share of 76% in 2018. France and Germany follow with 16% and 3% respectively.
Belgian seed potatoes are above all exported to our neighbours, France and the Netherlands. Together, they represent a 74% share. Noticeable names on the list of markets include the North African countries and Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey, that purchase generous volumes.
The potato in Belgium: from tradition to innovation
The potato is closely intertwined with the traditional appreciation of good food in Belgium. Typical Belgian fries, creamy mashed potatoes or festive croquettes... a delicious potato dish is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. In parallel to the Belgian traditional appreciation of good food in which the potato plays a central role, Belgium also has a rich potato tradition that since the end of the 20th century has developed spectacularly.
Buying Belgian potatoes: quality and service guaranteed
Product quality, food safety, traceability, sustainability and the personal and flexible service of the Belgian exporter are the cornerstones of the success of Belgian potatoes. Thanks to the central location and an extensive transport network, Belgian potatoes, seed potatoes or potato products can furthermore be quickly delivered to a foreign importer, wholesaler or retailer.