Potato Processing for the Consumer: Developments and Future Challenges

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In merely half a century industrial processing of potatoes into consumer products has developed into a major activity in the potato world. Yearly about 30 million MT of potatoes or almost 10% of the global potato crop are converted into consumer products, mainly in the EU and North America where one to two thirds of the daily potato consumption is in a processed form such as French fries and potato chips. In the first part of this paper the developments in potato processing are described: the global growth of the processing industry, the development of consumption and market, product diversification, and developments in potatoes supply for processing. The second part is devoted to the future challenges of global development, consumption, health and new product development, sustainability, and new cultivar development.

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