1. Who owns Aviko? Royal Cosun has been the sole owner of Aviko since 2002.
2. How many people work for Aviko? Globally, Aviko employs more than 1600 people. 500 employees are based at the headquarters in Steenderen (The Netherlands).
3.What are the benefits of chilled potato products vs. frozen? Chilled products have a shorter frying time than frozen, therefore more portions can be served in the same time span. Also, chilled chips will help you save energy because the lower oil temperature required vs. frozen, shorter frying time and chilled storage instead of frozen.
4.What are the benefits of frozen potato products vs. chilled? Frozen products offer flexibility for busy kitchens. Portions are easy to control and the long shelf life helps you minimise wastage. Some frozen products, such as Aviko Supercrunch fries are prepared with a natural starch coating, providing you with a longer holding time.
5. Do Aviko fries contain any additives? No - both our chilled and frozen ranges are free from additives. All our products are made using the best potatoes and vegetable oils, no need for artificial nasties!
6. Is it true that most of the vitamins in a potato are contained just beneath the skin? This is true for fruit, but not for potatoes. In potatoes, the vitamin content is found more towards the centre. The main vitamins in potatoes are vitamin C - beneficial for your immune system and concentration - and vitamins B1, B2 and B12. When producing our potato specialities we take extra care in preserving all the vitamins - giving you the maximum goodness from Aviko potatoes.
7. What are the best tips for deep-frying? Please visit the website http://www.goodfries.eu/en/. Here you find helpful videos and fact sheets on deep-frying. This means everyone will be able to fry in order to get a nutritional, good tasting potato product.
8. How many tonnes of potatoes are harvested globally each year? The annual potato harvest averages around 272 million tonnes, grown across 17 million acres of land. This vast amount of potatoes would cover the surfaces of a dual carriage way stretching 6 times around the globe. At Aviko, we make an effort to select the very best potatoes for our products.
9. What is Aviko's view on Corporate Social Responsibility? To find out all about our CSR policy, please download our CSR report. In short: Aviko's activities on sustainability are centered around: Improving nutritional values by using healthier fats in our products. Working as efficiently as possible with natural resources and the environment. Utilising all of the properties of the potato. Being a responsible employer with greater attention for healthy behaviour and an life stage oriented personnel policy.
10. Does Aviko take the environment into account when it comes to choice of potato variety? And what about pesticides/ herbicides? Most pesticides are used in the potato industry to control the fungous disease Phytophthora. In the potato variety list different potato varieties are valued for their resistance against this disease. The higher the value the more resistant the potato variety. The values differ per country. In the UK the values are: Carrot tops Tuber Agria 4 5 Asterix 3 5 Victoria 4 3 Shepody 2 3 Maris Piper 4 5. When it comes to pesticides more and more a European policy is in place and differences in regulations per county from the past disappear.