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NZ: Green light for potato exports to South Korea

After 16 years negotiating market access, New Zealand's potato growers have finally been given the go-ahead to export fresh potatoes to South Korea. The East Asian country imports about 16,000 tonnes of fresh potatoes annually, mostly for chippies. Potatoes New Zealand Chairman Terry Olsen says it's been a long road to get to this point.

"Certainly it's something we're excited about," he told Newstalk ZB. "It's a market over there that potentially is worth $10 million." Terry Olsen expects demand for fresh potatoes to grow in South Korea with its burgeoning population and developing Western tastes for products like potato chips.


Publication date: 2/17/2011


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