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This paper addresses the optimization in fuzzy model predictive control. When the prediction model is a nonlinear fuzzy model, nonconvex, time-consuming optimization is necessary, with no guarantee of finding an optimal solution. A possible way around this problem is to linearize the fuzzy model at the current operating point and use linear predictive control (i.e., quadratic programming). For long-range predictive control, however, the influence of the linearization error may significantly deteriorate the performance. In our approach, this is remedied by linearizing the fuzzy model along the predicted input and output trajectories. One can further improve the model prediction by iteratively applying the optimized control sequence to the fuzzy model and linearizing along the so obtained simulated trajectories. Four different methods for the construction of the optimization problem are proposed, making difference between the cases when a single linear model or a set of linear models are used. By choosing an appropriate method, the user can achieve a desired tradeoff between the control performance and the computational load. The proposed techniques have been tested and evaluated using two simulated industrial benchmarks: pH control in a continuous stirred tank reactor and a high-purity distillation column.