Jansen-Dongen was founded in the early 70’s of the 20th century. From the first day, the company is specialized in small-packaged potatoes and onions for the segment of supermarkets.
Innovation is key to Jansen-Dongen. It has been important for the company since the first day of production. In the 80’s, we started with the premium product of washed potatoes for the Dutch market. From that very moment innovations continued to improve the quality of our product range and the breeds we offer. In the 90’s, focus was set more and more on innovations and trends in the packaging of our products. To integrate those solutions and innovations fluently, we have always been aware of the need for a perfect match between people and machines. Automation and robotization always go hand in hand with knowledge and craftsmanship.
Talking about potatoes
The English word potato comes from the Spanish word “patata”, which is a compound of the Taino-word “batata” (sweet potato) and the Quechua-word “papa” (potato). Others say it comes from the Aztec-word “Chi-potati”. The European countries were first introduced to potatoes by European explorers, who made far journeys to South-America. Nowadays, people from Chili and Peru will both claim that the word “potato” originates from their country. The potato was introduced to Europe via Spain, from where monks took the species to other European countries.
In the starting days of the potato in Europe lots of farmers did not want to grow the species, because of the poisoned berries the plant has. Around 1700 the potato was perceived as food in the Netherlands. At the end of the 19th century it became the most consumed food in the Netherlands. Dutch sea-fearers especially ate the food often because of the high amount of vitamin C it contains.
After maize, wheat and rice it is the largest food crop in the world.