The potato reached the United Kingdom towards the end of the 16th century and was being grown in London by 1597. The new crop established itself rapidly in Ireland but less so in England and Scotland.

Current Wholesale Potato Prices in the United Kingdom

The potato's moment in the UK came later, during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, when the rise of towns - and the new working class - created demand for cheap, energy-rich, non-cereal foods. The rest is history. By 1948, production in England and Wales was peaking with almost 400 000 hectares under potato.

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Geographic distribution of potato cultivation (Ware, Seed) in Great Britain (Source: Potato Council)

Since 1960, the harvested area has shrunk by half, and the number of registered potato growers from 70 000 to just 3 000. But the UK still ranks No. 11 among world potato producing countries, recording a 2007 harvest of 5.6 million tonnes and average yields exceeding 40 tonnes per hectare.

With annual per capita potato consumption of 102 kg, demand for potato exceeds domestic supply: in 2005, the UK imported more than 1.2 million tonnes (raw equivalent) of processed potato products. (Source: International Year of the Potato)

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UK household purchases of potato products in grams per person per week (Source: GB Potatoes Market Intelligence 2014-2015 / Defra Family Food Survey)

Landbouw Statistieken Verenigd Koninkrijk
Potato Production in 2017 :6218000.00tonnesOfficial data
Potato Production in 2017 :4751000.00tonnesExcluding seed and starch; Estimate; Great Britain Only
Potato Yield in 2017 :460000.00hg/haEcluding seed and starch; Estimate; Great Britain Only
Potato Yield in 2017 :425890.00hg/haCalculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2017 :146000.00haOfficial data
Potato Area Harvested in 2017 :103200.00haEcluding seed and starch; Estimate; Great Britain Only
Potato Production in 2016 :5373000.00tonnesOfficial data
Consumptie Statistiek Verenigd Koninkrijk
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011:100.84kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010:99.14kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009:104.41kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008:104.85kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2007:106.42kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2006:107.24kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2005:114.34kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
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