The first phase of Beijing Kaida Hengye Agricultural Technology Development Co Ltd’s new and fully automated potato processing plant in Ulanqab, the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, will start full-scale output in March [2017], a company official said. According to Guo Yonghui, general manager of the company’s operations in Inner Mongolia, Kaida has invested 500 million yuan ($72 million) so far in the project…Full Article: China Daily Dec 2016

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  • In 2016, Inner Mongolia’s Ulanqab (aka the “City of Potatoes”) produced 4.45 million MTs on 260,000 hectares [~17.11 MTs per ha yield].

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  • In March 2016, Ulanqab’s Tai Mei Potato Industry signed an agreement with Shandong’s American Lorain to produce Lorain branded potato French fries.
  • In December 2015, China was exploring the possibility of classifying potatoes as a “staple grain”.
  • In March 2015, the Netherlands’ Farm Frites and Inner Mongolia’s Linkage Potato established a joint-venture in Wudan Town, Chifeng City, to produce French fries. The JV will reportedly consume 140,000 MTs of fresh potatoes and will begin supplying the Chinese market in 2017.
  • In January 2015, according to China’s Ministry of Agriculture, the country will expand its potato cultivation area from approximately 5 million ha to 10 million (unspecified timeframe).
  • In 2014, according to China’s Ministry of Agriculture, China produced 95 million MTs of potatoes on 5.6 million ha of land.
  • In 2013, according to FAOStat, China produced 88.9 million MTs of potatoes, 79 million MTs of sweet potatoes, 4.5 million MTs of cassava, and 1.8 million MTs of taro. Heilongjiang province produces approximately 8 million MTs of potatoes per year.
  • In 2011, China produced 88.3 million metric tons (MTs) of potatoes or 24% of the world’s potatoes. India was a distant second at 42.3 million MTs or 11% of global production.
  • From 1978 to 2011, China has steadily transitioned from sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) production to potato (Solanum tuberosum). During this period, sweet potato production declined from 131 million MTs to 75 million MTs, while potato output increased from 28 million MTs to 88 million MTs. Yields (MT per hectare) have slowly increased, but have stagnated since 2004 when it peaked at 18.7 MTs per ha. Production of cassava, taro and other tubers is minimal.
  • Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia Region, Tai Mei Potato Industry is a potato processor whose products include French fries, potato cakes, mashed potatoes, and potato powder. In July 2014, ConAgra Foods acquired Tai Mei Potato via its Washington State-based Lamb Weston subsidiary for US$93 million. In November 2015, ConAgra Foods announce it would spin off Lamb Weston into a separate public company.
  • Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Beijing, Kaida Hengye Agricultural Technology Development is a potato processor whose product line includes French fries, potato chips, and other vegetable chips.

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