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They are also used in commercially available products, like instant mashed potatoes, croquettes, pasta and fabricated snacks. As a thickener, they enhance creamy frozen desserts, gravies and chocolate milk. Like other dehydrated potato products, they extend the shelf life of baked goods. After wheat, rice and maize, potato is the most important food crop in the world. It contributes to almost 50% of the total tuber and root crop production. Potato has a good food value as compared to other staple food crops as it is rich in carbohydrates and also contain proteins, minerals like calcium and potassium and vitamins like vitamin C. Boiling the potatoes increase their protein content even more than maize has and almost doubles their calcium content. It is vastly consumed as a vegetable and is also used in various forms such as starch, flour, alcohol, dextrin and livestock fodder.
India is a very insignificant player in the global trade of dehydrated potato products. The exports of dehydrated products from India are only to neighboring countries in form of dehydrated slices, dehydrated chips, powder, etc manufactured by small scale units Potato flakes are most often used as an ingredient in manufactured snacks or bakery foods. However, they are far more versatile than that.