Introduction of Ireland Potato Processing Industry
Potato — NO.1 Staple Food in the Irish Diet
It is well known that potato is the number one staple item in the Irish national diet. In areas where the crop did extremely well, potato was the only staple food. People eat only potato three meals a day, while male farm workers consumed 12-14 pounds of potatoes daily. In the year of 1845, the crop failue of potato took place in Ireland, resulted in the mass emigration of Irish people to countries in the United States, Canada, England, Australia and other countries. The consequent famine decimated the population and major social and political changes was aroused in Ireland in the next century. Until quite recently the potato was unchallenged as the most important source of carbohydrate in the Irish diet.
Potato Production in Ireland
Irish Farmers’ Association(IFA in short) has conducted a survey of potato industry over the growing seasons of 2009-2011. From the following table we can have a view of the potato production conditions in Ireland.
Potato — Production Area(ac) And Production Tonnage
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Processed Market in Ireland
Convenience has become a very important consideration in relation to consumers’ choice for processed potato products. Modern consumption patterns lead to reduced consumption of fresh potatoes and a move to processed products such as French fries, frozen chips, etc. People process raw potatoes to alter their nature and extend shelf life.
Like in other European chipping industry, large multinational brands exist in the frozen chip market in Ireland. The country has no indigenous operation that is internationally competitive, except that some smaller operations serve to meet local and domestic market needs. In the potato crisps market, Ireland has two of the leading brands/manufacturers. And although the market of speciality frozen potato products is small, its potential is developing. Small niche markets exist to supply them to the Irish retail and catering markets.
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Prepared Market in Ireland
More and more consumer demand for quality convenience food products. This pushes the growth of the convenience and prepared potato market, resulted in strong demand for peeled prepared whole or sliced/diced potatoes and potato salad deli-items. At the same time, most urban areas and tourist centres in Ireland have seen the establishment of new hotels, new restaurants and other catering outlets. The increase in importance of restaurants and catering outlets has further grown demand for ready to use potato products.
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