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Australians prefer pre-packaged potatoes in small bag
The latest report from consumer research project, Potato Tracker, has shown that consumers believe one to two kilogram packages are the ideal sizes for bagged spuds. “Twenty-four per cent of those surveyed indicated a preference for one kilogram bags that offer convenience, while a further 28 per cent said.....

New Norwegian gourmet potato
On the other side of the fjord of Trondheim is the south-facing peninsula of Frosta, which is famous for its vegetables, and particularly for its potatoes. Three farms in Frosta have now partnered to create the best gourmet potato; the result is pearl potato."We want to be an alternative to the French.....

India: Safal corrects onion prices
Safal, the largest organized retail network of fruits and vegetables in the NCR, has slashed onion prices at its outlets by almost Rs 10 per kg following intervention by the Union consumer affairs department. The department had pointed out the big difference in prices at which Safal was procuring onions and.....

Potatoes NZ welcomes Vietnamese market
Fresh potatoes from New Zealand have been approved for export to Vietnam, providing a new export opportunity for growers. Champak Mehta, Chief Executive of Potatoes New Zealand Inc., said the development, which follows four years’ of negotiations, would absorb excess potatoes in good growing seasons and.....

Ukraine: Spike in onion prices due to production issues
As reported by "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits", Ukraine's major onion producing regions are actively releasing information on the catastrophic harvest losses and the deplorable state of the fields. In the wake of these rumours, onion prices are steadily rising.While a week ago it was possible to buy.....

Potato Industry Leadership Institute to be held Feb. 17-25, 2016
The National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) are accepting applications for the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) class of 2016. The annual eight-day program, held Feb. 17-25, 2016, is designed to identify, develop, and cultivate new leaders within the U.S. potato.....

US (WI): Badger CommonTater now available online
Badger Common’Tater, a leading source of news, education and highlights of Wisconsin’s potato and vegetable industry is now available online in a flip style format. Starting with the April 2015 issue, Badger Common’Tater morphed into a more engaging and entertaining experience by offering an online magazine.....

National Potato Council awards academic scholarship
The National Potato Council (NPC) is pleased to award Shunping Ding, a PhD. student in Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, its 2015-16 Academic Scholarship. The $10,000 award is provided yearly to a graduate student with a strong interest in research that can directly benefit the potato.....

Onion multihead weigher to Dutch plant
Japanese food packaging equipment maker Ishida has delivered its CCW-RS-214 multihead weigher with a handling capacity of 80 tons a week for demonstration at a unit of Onion Specialties International in Netherlands.OnionTwo machines, which have been installed at the facility, are capable of packing crispy.....

yields aren't great
Good atmosphere on the potato market
The atmosphere in the potato world is good at the moment. The late spring and the dry period has had its effect, as the yields aren't great in general. Luckily, the rain last week did the crops a lot of good. The demand remains good, both for export and domestically. There are a few stocks, which is.....

Russia: Inmates to cultivate vegetables with profits of over €2 million
Prisoners at the penal colony No 6 in the republic of Bashkortostan, plan to grow 8,000 tons of vegetables this year and produce a profit of more than €2 million. In greenhouses on an area of around 20 hectares belonging to the colony, prisoners will grow cabbage, beetroot, carrots, tomatoes.....

Belarus: Potato harvest expected to be higher than last year
This year’s potato harvest in Misk is expected to exceed that of last year, as was announced during a press conference with the minister of agriculture and food, Leonid Zaits. “In terms of potatoes, we intend to harvest no less than last year's amount of 1.1 million tons. This year, I think the.....


Guido Aaldering: "Our goal is to grow with the market"
Full focus on organics for independent onion processor Aaldering
Guido Aaldering started as an organic crop farmer packaging the organically grown onions in 1993. In 2005 he sold his land and completely focussed on packaging. "This makes us definitive and specialists. There are few packagers who only focus on organic onions and shallots."Aaldering Bio Ui doesn't take up a.....

Uganda: Bulambuli gets Shs800 million for Irish potato research
Government has given Buginyanya Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute in Bulambuli District $250,000 (about Shs809m) to facilitate Irish Potato research.According to the Minister for Energy and Mineral Development, Ms Irene Muloni, the money is meant for Irish potato research at the institute.....

US (ME): McCain Foods’ potato nurse crop project aims to boost yields
Always looking to innovate and boost production, potato farmers in Aroostook County are looking to boost yields under a new project by McCain Foods that involves planting potatoes on top of winter rye, barley or oats.The "nurse crop" project is underway in 10 to 12 spots in The County, Brianne O'Leary,.....

Rajya Raitha Sangha
India: ‘Importing onion will have adverse effect on farmers’
Rajya Raitha Sangha district president Nulenur Shankarappa has said the Union government should drop the idea of importing onion from foreign countries as it would have an adverse impact on the prices of onions grown in the country.Addressing reporters here on Tuesday, he stated that after a long time the.....

Facility to increase shelf life of onions lies unused in Nashik
Any leap in onion prices, as seen of late, brings the largest onion market in Asia into the picture. However, a special irradiation unit in Lasalgaon in Nashik to eliminate microbes and increase shelf life of onion goes almost unnoticed by farmers and traders. It has been underutilised.Onion traders and.....

From 2004 to 2014
Spain: decreasing trend in the acrylamide content in potato crisps
Acrylamide is a process contaminant generated in several foods during cooking as a consequence of the Maillard reaction, derived from the reaction between the free amino acid asparagine with reducing sugars or other carbonyl compounds. This chemical reaction mainly occurs when foods are subjected to high.....

N Ireland: Worst Tyrone potato harvest in years
A late spring followed by a wet summer and difficulties in securing arable land have led to fears that Tyrone’s potato harvest could be the worst in years.According to the Department of Agriculture, the effects of the poor weather have been exacerbated by rules governing the grants payable to potato growers.....

India: Onion prices continue to sting, despite govt efforts
Despite the central government's all-out efforts to anchor rising onion prices by extending the stock limit until next June as an essential commodity along with potato, its price has gone through the roof, retailing at Rs 45-50 per kilo across the Mumbai metropolitan region. Traders feel prices will not drop.....

Project aims to rid potato sector of Blackleg disease
The bacterial disease blackleg has proved to be a tough one to control but it is hoped a £300,000 joint AHDB Potatoes and Scottish Government research project, now in its final year, will come up with some of the answers.Gerry Saddler, of SASA, has been working on secondment to the project.Speaking to.....

Uganda: Garlic could spur household incomes, cottage industries
Agricultural scientists have noted that growing garlic could become an important source of household incomes as well as agro-cottage industrialisation, if it is given specialised technical attention.Representatives of the ministry of Agriculture, National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) and private.....

Prince Edward Island potato farmers host PEI Potato Social on August 9th
As a way to thank fellow Islanders and potato-loving visitors for their support in the past year, the potato growers of Prince Edward Island are hosting the first ever Prince Edward Island Potato Social on Sunday, August 9th, 2015. The PEI Potato Social will be held from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Monaghan Farms.....

India: Govt raise floor price for onion exports
To put a check on spiralling domestic prices of onions, the Government is open to raising the minimum export price (MEP) of the bulb further if required.The Commerce Ministry is keeping a close eye on the movement of domestic prices of onions and will call an inter-ministerial meet if it sees the need for.....

Onion prices shoot up another 40 per cent in the last 2 days
Onion prices have shot up by up to 200 per cent since the start of this month in some top wholesale markets of Nashik, one of the biggest onion production centres in the country, and by more than 40 per cent in the last two trading sessions, as supplies have plummeted. Average wholesale price of onion at.....

Identify factors that limit potato yields
US: Research funds to boost french fry exports
Potatoes New Brunswick will lead a national research effort to improve potato yields and boost the export competitiveness of Canadian french fries with the help of up to $1.4 million in government support.The investment through AgriInnovation will enable Potatoes New Brunswick to work with other industry.....


La Réunion : Loss of production due to cold weather
The cold weather that spread over the island a couple of weeks ago has frozen and damaged crops in the Plaine des Cafres. The CGPER met on the 19th July to ask the State for help with the damages (which reach €500,000). Jean-Philippe Smith is one of the many farmers affected by the frost. He grows potatoes,.....

NZ onion growers look to better season after export slide last year
New Zealand onion growers are optimistic about a better season for the country's largest fresh vegetable export after suffering a 16% decline in the past year as poor weather affected yields and returns were hit by a higher currency and increased competition from northern hemisphere rivals.Exports of onions.....

The Little Potato Company launches “Little Chef” program
The Little Potato Company today launched a new program to provide tools and tips to make it easier for parents to cook with their kids, sharing new and important skills while having fun together.The program will include a growing collection of “Little Chef Approved” recipes featuring Creamer potatoes, and.....

Potato blight warning in N. Ireland
It has been confirmed that the first outbreak of potato blight in Northern Ireland this year was in Coleraine on 15 July in a crop of King Edward potatoes.This has followed on from full infection periods being recorded between 8 and 14 July at sites across the North. Growers are now advised to protect crops.....

Panama: Onion and potato imports banned
The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), through Resolution No. OAL-135-DM-2015, published this week in the Official Gazette, has banned the entry or transport of imported onions and potatoes from production areas where the presence of regulated pests has been detected, given the fact that the.....

Peru will host 10th World Potato Congress in 2018
The official announcement was made on July 15 by Alberto Maurer, head of Peru’s National Institute for Agricultural Innovation (INIA), together with Barbara Wells, director general of the International Potato Center (CIP), along with other representatives of other national and international institutions.....

NZ research praised at potato conference
International potato industry expert Professor Gary Secor has praised New Zealand’s world-leading research, during a visit to speak at the Potatoes New Zealand Inc annual conference.Professor Secor, of the Plant Pathology Department at North Dakota State University, will be a keynote speaker at the two day.....


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Onion specialists join forces in Onion Tech Alliance
Five suppliers in the onion processing sector have joined forces in the Onion Tech Alliance (OTA). The companies offer the market a transparent platform, and have a firm ambition to get onion processing at home and abroad to a higher level.OTA has the objective to be involved in 90% or more of projects.....


New crop of tradtional Breton shallots started
The harvest of the traditional shallots has begun at the end of week 29 in Brittany, France. It’s going slowly as the weather is changing a lot between rain and sun, according to Pierre Batadiere form Daniel Cadiou."Regardless of the weather, once we have harvested, we can supply a dry productafter 2-3.....


Eric Moerdijk, Monie:
"We're missing a big buyer on the onion market"
Sales of Dutch onion sets are difficult for now. "Sales are too low to keep prices on par, we're missing a big buyer," says Eric Moerdijk of onion sorting and packing station Monie from Nieuwdorp. "Prices vary per destination, and they're really bespoke at the moment. The various destinations sometimes have.....


“Pomuni returned the keys”
The ‘near takeover’ of Potato Masters
It seemed a done deal. Potato Masters had an agreement with Pomuni, but in December, Pomuni decided not to go through with it. It’s not exactly clear why, but it’s likely that they faced some surprises down the road. A few days afterwards, Potato Masters was declared bankrupt. In 2013, Potato Masters still.....

Veg-Fresh's Good Life™
US: Organic product line to include organic onions
Veg-Fresh Farms’ fresh division, Good Life™ Organic, is adding organic red, white, and yellow onions to its product line.Demand is expected to be hot for these new items this summer, as Ryan Galindo, a buyer for Good Life™ Organic, explains, “The onion market has been strong this summer and with the.....

Summer onions big business for New Mexico
New Mexicans will have to wait a few more days for the state’s famous green chile, but delectable onions are already here.Known far and wide for its green and red spicy chiles, New Mexico also is one of the largest summer onion producers in the nation. In 2014, the state earned nearly $20 million more from.....


EU: 63% sweet potatoes from US
The American sweet potato is on the rise. In the US, consumption is growing, but Europe is also showing increased demand for the sweet potato. In 2011, 49% of all sweet potatoes imported to the EU came from the US. This makes the US market leader, and this share increased to 63% last year. Last year, in the.....

Martijn van Damme, Dacomex:
Onion market waiting for bottom prices
The market for new onions is not doing well, "Since last week we have fully moved over to the new onion plants, but demand is still not high," says Martin van Damme. "The old onion season is long gone and the difference in price for the new onions, which start at a considerably higher price level, is making.....

US (OR): Onion producer sets standard for water conservation
Family-owned, fresh and sustainable grower of onions, River Point Farms, is using the most efficient water application systems to ensure highest crop quality, while minimizing water usage.As part of their continual efforts to preserve natural resources, River Point Farms uses a combination of irrigation and.....


Italy: Slow start for the onion campaign
"The onions taste good and have nice grades, though quantities will not be as abundant as last year," explained Davide Marmocchi, owner of a company in Ferrara.The heat is affecting the development of the bulbs, but it is still early for white and yellow onions - most of the produce will in fact be ready.....

Ireland: Potential for salad potato production growth
Salad potato production is a potential growth area within the Irish tillage sector, according to Teagasc agronomist John Pettit.Potato consumption is on the decline at the present time, he said, but there is strong evidence to confirm a growing consumer demand for salad potatoes.“Obviously, Teagasc is keen.....

Health promoting compounds in local onions from Italy and Ukraine
Onions (Allium cepa L.) are by far the most important among vegetable Alliums, ranking second after tomatoes for world cultivated areas, with a constantly increasing trend (FAO 2014). Onion growing popularity is related to the pungent and unique taste. Furthermore, it is well known that onions contain high.....

2015 Beijing World Potato Congress
China: Conference to boost potato production
Beijing will host an international conference in late July to promote cooperation in the potato industry.The 2015 Beijing World Potato Congress will see global technical and marketing experts converge in Yanqing County to discuss potato seeding, consumption and marketing during a three-day event starting on.....

Second factory for UK potato producer
Cushendall-based Glens of Antrim Potatoes has expanded with a second factory and new packaging machinery in a £1.25 million investment with potential to create five more jobs.Established by the McKillop family in 1972 the firm is the largest employer in the Glens area with more than 60 staff and is currently.....

Jordan willing to regulate potato prices
The Secretary General of the Jordanian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply, Yousef Shammali, stressed the importance of a commitment from all relevant authorities to enforce proper rules governing the functioning of the potato market in order to prevent price distortions and practices contrary to.....

EarthFresh celebrates move to Burlington, ON
Last month, EarthFresh celebrated the Grand Opening of their new home in Burlington, Ontario. The move is the result of EarthFresh outgrowing their operations in Toronto, where they were located for more than 50 years.Friends, family, customers and suppliers were invited to an outdoor party onsite, featuring.....

Potatoes New Brunswick leads project to improve yields
Potatoes New Brunswick (PNB) will lead a national research effort to help improve yields and the export competitiveness of Canadian french fries.Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was in Fredericton earlier last week to announce an investment of up to $1.4 million for the initiative.The funding will enable PNB.....

New potato season NL/B:
Expectations cautiously optimistic
The potato sector has had a difficult 2014/2015 season. Still, now at the end there seems to be an unexpected revival. What does this mean for next season? Kees van Arendonk (NAO) and Romain Cools (Belgapom) give their vision on the new season.Kees van Arendonk on the Dutch situation:The new season is.....

AU: Consumers can't tell a kipfler from a kennebec
Few people know which variety of potato they are putting on their plate, new research reveals.The Potato Tracker project found that potatoes were the most popular item on consumers' fruit and vegetable list, ahead of tomatoes, carrots cucumbers and lettuce.Despite this, there was a knowledge gap in people's.....


Chiloé: home of the potato
In 1834 Charles Darwin was astounded by the huge variety of potatoes on Chiloé. Andres Contreras, the Chilean potato expert estimated that of the 400 varieties, 286 varieties have roots on this island off the Chilean coast. This makes this piece of earth the home of 90% of the potato varieties on.....


Successful short day onion tour in Brazil
From 6th till 11th July Enza Zaden Brazil organised the 2015 Short Day Onion Tour and Symposium. The program was a combination of field trips, presentations and a symposium in the area of Uberlandia.Nick Mendham, Portfolio Manager Onion: "The group visitors during this week consisted of onion growers, seed.....

New England: increase in sweet potato acreage
In the first study of the performance of modern sweet potato cultivars in northern regions, University of New Hampshire researchers have found that sweet potatoes can be a viable crop for growers in areas with short growing seasons such as New England.From 2007-2012, sweet potato acreage throughout the New.....

Watermelon prices at origin plunge
Watermelon consumption is usually linked to the heat, but despite the high temperatures, both in Spain and in the rest of Europe, the market is actually not very dynamic at the moment. In this regard, LA UNIÓ de Llauradors (Growers' Association) reports a collapse in prices at origin, and in some areas, like.....

AU: Farmers positive about McCain plant upgrade
The $10 million upgrade of the McCain potato processing plant at Smithton announced last week has been welcomed as a vote of confidence for the state's farmers and something that would allow local growers to farm more efficiently."Anything the company can do to aid efficiencies is always welcome, especially.....