In just a few decades, the Belgian potato-processing industry has developed into the largest exporter of precooked potato products in the world. So original Belgian fries can be enjoyed all over the world. In 2018 no less than 2.8 million tonnes of frozen potatoes were exported.
5 million tonnes potatoes were processed into a wide range of potato products in Belgium in 2018: fresh and frozen fries, mashed potato products, crisps, granules, flakes, etc.
The use of potatoes as an ingredient rose by 11.6% in 2018. This is by far the sharpest rise in the history of this relatively new branch of the Belgian food industry.