In 2020, the lowest amount of potatoes was processed in the past ten years with 3,391 million tonnes. It is clear that the corona crisis has hit hard.
293,000 tons of potatoes were processed in December 2020, compared to 317,500 tons in December 2019. This is a decrease of 7.7 percent. December processing was slightly above 279,800 tons in November, but again less than 340,100 tons in October 2020.
Over the whole of 2020, 3,391,400 tons of potatoes were processed, compared to 3,863,500 tons for the full year of 2019. This is 472,100 tons less. A decrease of 12.22 percent. This is evident from the monthly statement of the Dutch Potato Organization (NAO).
Lowest in ten years
The corona crisis has clearly halted the constant growth of potato processing. The year 2020 is the year with the lowest amount of processed potatoes in the past ten years. In 2020, 3,391,400 tons were processed, in 2019 3,863,500 tons, in 2018 4,012,300 tons, 2017 4,018,800 tons and in 2016 3,88,730 tons. The year 2020 is still below the level of 2010, when 3,457,000 tons of potatoes were processed.
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