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Dutch potato growers make their own chips to ‘fight the big boys’

More often, potato growers are choosing not to take their products to large processors, because they do their own processing. Besides producing, more and more growers also process their own chips. They’re changing direction because of various causes, and they enter the processing industry increasingly often, reports FreshPlaza in an article.

One of the companies in the Netherlands that chose to do things completely differently is Landlust Frites from Moerkapelle in that country. Derreck Bac is processing his own harvest of Agria and Frieslander into chips for the first time this year. He says it’s going well, although it’s not always easy.

“There are many quality requirements. You have to bear in mind 100 things, and if you make just one mistake, quality isn’t what it should be. It’s a very precise business,” says the man running the company with his father and brother. “Fortunately I knew this in advance, and I was able to prepare myself for this. I also have experience processing vegetables. Because of that, I know what kind of growing pains to expect. That’s been very helpful in this process.”

The company Verse Boerderij Friet also makes fresh chips. In their case, they use Agria year-round, and occasionally they use Bintjes. The family company that has been working with potatoes since the 1930s, decided to start processing their own potatoes in 2014. 

Read the full story on FreshPlaza on this page of its website