The latest import statistics from the customs administration give surprising insights into the eating habits of the Swiss during the Corona crisis. The potato became a big seller: before, during and even after the lockdown, there was a real run on the crop.
Particularly in demand were table potatoes and chips, Ruedi Fischer, President of the Swiss Potato Producers' Association, explained. Many people stocked up on potatoes. And for French fries at least, the high demand continues.
A spokeswoman for the Farmers' Association reported anecdotally about hoarding of in large bags of potatoes, intended as emergency supplies.
High demand for imported goods
To meet the high demand, imports were necessary - higher than usual in normal years. In April alone, Switzerland imported some 8000 tonnes of potatoes - more than in a long time. The boom continued in May and June - albeit at a slightly slower pace. The additional potatoes came from Egypt, the Netherlands, Germany, France and most recently Spain.
Source: Swiss Federal Customs Administration / TagesAnzeiger