IN the first half of 2019, Belgian potato suppliers shipped 50,000 tons of frozen potatoes, fries, and other potato related products to Southeast Asia. The export to the Philippines, in particular, is growing at an unprecedented pace—by nearly 300 percent over the last 10 years.
The Asean region became a large target market for Belgian potatoes over the last decade, with Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines proving to be growing markets for potato products from Belgium.
In 2018, the Belgian suppliers exported 30,468 tons of fries to the Philippines — a 300 percent increase from its 8,949 tons export in 2010.
Meanwhile in the first half of 2019, Belgian suppliers saw more than 18,703 tons of fries imported to the country.
The five largest Belgian suppliers are Agristo, Bart’s Potato Company, Clarebout Potatoes, Ecofrost and Mydibel. These family-owned businesses ship potato products all over the world.