Agronomist Gert-Jan Smelt is responsible for making sure that the costs of our chips stay low and the quality stays high. He’s involved in all the steps that the potatoes have to go through before they roll into the factory: contracting, growth and storage.

“Aviko collects a lot of data on contracts with growers, potato quality and deliveries to the factories. I analyse these data to identify room for improvement, but I also make reports to give growers insight into the quality of the potatoes they deliver.”

"We assess over forty new potato varieties every year"

We also carry out experimental research to try to find explanations of or solutions to any problems Aviko experiences with this key raw material, such as linking the colour of the deep-fried product to how growers store their potatoes.”

“Growers often approach us with potato varieties that could be interesting for Aviko products."

“Growers often approach us with potato varieties that could be interesting for Aviko products."

“We won’t just take any potato into production right away: it has to be tested first. We have pilot fields with growers for exactly this purpose. New varieties have to prove themselves for several years before we’ll use them. At the end of each year, we assess more than forty new varieties.”

“Harvests differ every year, bringing a host of new challenges with them”.

“I love the fact that the Dronten office is small, despite the fact that I work for a large organisation. You know everything and the atmosphere is great. A big advantage of working for such a large company is that I get to see different sides of the chip process. On top of that, working with potatoes is an incredibly varied job, because harvests differ every year, bringing a host of new challenges with them.”

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