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Potatoes and Onions


Jaap Goud, Goud Biervliet:

“Crate filler creates calmness on line despite high capacity”

Onion trader Goud Biervliet BV is specialised in trading onions, growing first-year seed onions and selling seeds. The onion company in Zeelandic Flanders, the Netherlands, consciously decided not to do its own sorting and packing, but to play a role in the chain as a link between growers, packers and.....

From Zombie Skins to Chili Lime Potato Tacos

Potato products designed for the fall season

Fresh Solutions Network announces its fall promotions designed for shoppers who cook and entertain during this busy food-centric season. The monthly themed merchandisers and coordinating point-of-purchase signs will attract shoppers and increase retail potato sales.Thanksgiving’s reputation as a food driven.....

US sweet potato industry pioneer Carson Barnes passes away

Carson Barnes, a driving force in the North Carolina sweet potato industry, passed away late Saturday evening. He was 82.Barnes began farming in 1960 with three-eighths of an acre of sweet potatoes and eight acres of tobacco. His company, Barnes Farming Corp., has grown to become the largest sweet potato.....

A Sweet Success for RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions

Recap of How to Speak Southern 2.0

Shuman Produce has completed the second installment of its How to Speak Southern Campaign, which ran during the 2017 peak Vidalia onion season to both educate and entertain consumers. This social media-driven promotion combined a quiz, recipe videos and Vidalia onion facts to engage consumers in the story.....

Alberta onions see late start to the season

Like many commodity growers, onions in Alberta seem to be running behind. “We usually have local Alberta onions but they’re late this year so we’re using winter onions out of Washington,” says Mike Soufan with Calgary-based Freestone Produce Inc. “Local onions probably won’t start until September 25th or.....

New crop of Stokes Purple® Sweet Potatoes ready to ship early September

Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes are back in season and ready to ship on September 6. According to recent research from Welch Foods, shoppers are seeking health benefits from colorful foods, especially antioxidant-rich purple.“Shoppers have been contacting us wanting to know when the season will be starting. The.....

Peruvian sweet onion company to increase exports by 15%

The Shuman Perú Produce company, dedicated to the production and commercialization of sweet onions in the Ica region, plans to increase its total shipments abroad by more than 15%.This was highlighted by the company's general manager, Luis Torres Zenteno, who added that 90% of shipments are destined for the.....

Argentina: area sown with garlic increases by 50% in San Juan

After a couple of years where this vegetable knew years of splendor, it bottomed out, making the sowing of garlic news again in the province for the second consecutive season. This year San Juan farmers planted more than 1,500 hectares of garlic, that is, 50% more than last year, the largest area dedicated to.....

Peru: Arequipa is the leading national onion producer

According to the National Service of Agrarian Health (Senasa), the region of Arequipa has approximately 9,200 hectares devoted to the cultivation of onions that produce 332.5 thousand tons per campaign.These figures have placed the region as the first producer at the national level, and this crop has become an.....

Dutch company to unveil blight-resistant potato

A Dutch company has developed a breed of potato that is resistant to late blight and could greatly reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture, the Financieele Dagblad said on Monday. Small Dutch company Solyunta, originally set up to work on tomato varieties, will unveil its new potato later this week, the.....

PotatoEurope 2017 to open its doors in three weeks

In three weeks PotatoEurope 2017 opens its doors. The deputy of the province of Flevoland in the Netherlands will have the honour of opening the trade fair.Over 265 exhibitors (+8 %) from 16 countries will share their potato expertise with you in their booths and allow visitors a look into the potato chain of.....

Potatoes South Australia Chief:

"Australia’s food waste problem starts at the farm"

Australian studies indicate that around 25 per cent of horticulture production is lost inside the farm gate. Most of this is thought to be avoidable with approximately 80 per cent of these losses able to be eliminated. The potato industry is the most significant but disproportionate contributor to this waste,.....

Large potato production for Poland this year

Poland is set for a large potato production this season; with large volumes good quality and low prices. However, the weather conditions in some areas of the country have been more difficult recently, with a lot of rainfall in the northern and western regions of Poland which might have some negative impact on.....

Ground-penetrating radar may help breed early maturing potatoes

Ground-penetrating radar might help the potato industry save water, according to Dirk Hays, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant geneticist in the soil and crop sciences department at College Station.Hays’ latest project utilizes ground-penetrating radar to select early maturing potato cultivars, which can.....

Leon van Meir:

"A lot of onion growers still growing on good faith"

The planting onion season is coming to an end. "We have gone through the planting onions this week and will switch to the seeding onions," says Leon van Meir. According to the packager from Steenbergen the yield differences in the planting onions, in particular in the south west, were very big. "This varies.....

Egyptian imports send Indian onion prices crashing

Onion prices in India crashed by Rs 321 to Rs 250 per quintal on Wednesday over information that Egyptian onions were being imported by traders to offset the current price rise.On Friday, 11 August, the rates per quintal in Chandwad APMC were Rs 700 minium and their maximum price was Rs 2,341 and the average.....

Iverk Produce to supply €70m worth of potatoes to Aldi Ireland

Iverk Produce and Aldi Ireland have agreed a new three-year contract that will see the Kilkenny based fruit and vegetable wholesaler provide Aldi with €70m worth of Irish-grown potatoes. Under the new agreement, Iverk Produce will supply Aldi’s 129 Irish stores with 27,000 tonnes of locally-grown rooster,.....

France is Spain's main potato supplier

French potato acreage expands by 5.1% this campaign

The acreage devoted to ​​potato cultivation in France this campaign has been 5.1% greater than that of 2016, reaching 131,640 hectares. It is the second consecutive year with such an increase, since the acreage in 2016 was 5.3% greater than in 2015, totalling 125,250 hectares, according to data.....

WA potato growers unsatisfied with refund over dropped case

Potato growers say a $650,000 reimbursement offer from the Western Australian government over a dropped legal battle with Perth's maverick "Spud King" is less than half of what they are owed but farmers may be forced to accept it.The government has written to 74 potato growers offering to return more than.....

Spain: Ciudad Real onion producers barely able to cover production costs

Onion producers in the Comarca de Calatrava, one of the crop's main producing areas in Ciudad Real, are unhappy about the low prices they are receiving for the sale of this product in the current season, as they are barely able to cover the production costs.With the first half of the campaign that started in.....

Polish growers expect drop in onion production

Despite initial good prospects from the Polish Central Statistical Office (GUS), which had reported on a possible increase in the country's onion production, at the moment Polish producers are more inclined to believe that the gross harvest will noticeably decrease. This was reported by APK-Inform: Vegetables.....

"China's sweet potato sells fast in Kong Kong"

"Sweet potatoes are grown in many Chinese regions, like Shandong, Hebei, Guangdong and other places. In the wake of the gradual increase of locally grown potatoes and the increasingly advanced growing systems, producers are currently trying hard to improve the quality of their sweet potatoes and are actively.....

Bulgaria: Lower potato production this year due to weather

Bulgaria's potato production will be smaller this year due to the lack of appropriate weather conditions, as reported by Ventsislav Kaimakanov, chairman of the National Association of Potato Producers (NAC), in an interview to Focus News."In 2017, the potato harvest will be notably reduced because of the.....

UK potato merchant challenged to pay back £161,000 in tax evasion

A Perthshire potato merchant who carried out a £161,000 tax evasion is facing a legal challenge by prosecutors to reclaim the money.Scott Coupland, 48, was jailed for two-and-a-half years in February after being found guilty after a four-day trial at Perth Sheriff Court.The Crown Office has now launched the.....

AU gov. to return $650k to potato growers after dropping Tony Galati case

The West Australian State Government will return $650,000 to potato farmers after it made the decision to drop a grower-funded legal case against Perth businessman Tony Galati.Potato growers were furious when Premier Mark McGowan decided to drop a civil suit against Mr Galati in May without any consultation.....

Phillipines to expand onion & garlic production with $4m investment

The Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Philippines will expand areas planted with onions and garlic in Iloilo by 1,000 hectares in line with its goal of reducing the country’s reliance on imports.Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the DA has committed to extend P200 million worth of support to the.....

Morad Fawzy, Fresh-Agro:

“Demand for Egyptian sweet potatoes starting to boom”

The Egyptian sweet potato season has started for Fresh-Agro from Waalwijk, the Netherlands. The company was founded by Morad Fawzy in 2014, and in the early years it was mostly active in the import and export of seeds, potatoes and onions from and to the Middle East. By means of a cooperation with Egyptian.....

Alberta, Canada safe from bacterium this year

Alberta’s potato industry is worth more than $1 billion but is threatened by a tiny bacterium. This year, however, a Lethbridge scientist reports, it hasn’t shown up.“That’s good news,” says Dan Johnson, a biogeography professor at the University of Lethbridge. He explains the bacteria are linked with zebra.....

Haydy Shahin, Alston Foods:

“Good quality Egyptian Beauregard sweet potatoes this year”

The Dutch company Alston Foods has started importing sweet potatoes from Egypt again. Pomegranates from that country will follow in two weeks. “The quality of the Beauregard sweet potatoes is looking good this year. The same is true for the Wonderful pomegranates,” says founder Haydy Shahin, who started the.....

RPE brings new life to the fingerling potato category

Old Oak Farms®, RPE’s core commodity brand, is bringing new life to the fingerling potato category with Party Potatoes®. In hopes to share the party nationwide, RPE has created multi-themed promotional campaign that will span over the next several months.The campaign caters to various seasonal occasions that.....

Spain: Agreement to defend Canary "papa bonita"

The heat and drought recorded this year have especially affected the harvest of the Canary "papa bonita" potato, as these conditions are favourable for the appearance of the Guatemalan potato moth.Producers and the Government of the Canary Islands have signed an agreement to guarantee the marketing of ten.....

South African potato sales grow by 24%

From January till July this year, an extra 12.9 million 10kg bags were sold on South African fresh produce markets than were sold at the same time last year; up 24%. As a result, market prices are 37% lower during the same period.For the 2017 marketing year information for more than 44,000 hectares is already.....

UK invests $5m into potato farming in Zambia

The British government has invested US$5 million into potato farming in the Northern Province of Zambia, to boost agriculture production in the region and contribute to the country’s economic diversification programme.British High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane said in an interview in Kasama that.....

Indian traders concerned about Egyptian onion imports

Wholesale onion prices have touched Rs 30-40 per kg in major cities. On Tuesday. the average wholesale onion price increased by 7.4% to Rs 2,311 per quintal against Rs 2,150 per quintal on Friday.Farmers at Lasalgaon, the country’s largest wholesale market for onions, went into a panic mode on Wednesday with.....

William Nannes, J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders:

"Oversupply of triplets on the planting onion market"

The Dutch planting onions are very fine this year. "We have an oversupply of triplets. And now that the first seeding onions are being taken in, it's causing extra pressure on the planting market. At the moment the capacity of dry walls is a particular problem for the sorters due to the fine sorting, but as.....

Japanese potato chip manufacturer increasing potato production

Faced with having to stabilize the supply of potatoes for its chips, Japanese snack maker Calbee is increasing the amount of the crop it grows in rice fields.Paddy-field potatoes are mainly grown in Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island, but Calbee also plans to start cultivating them in the northern.....

Eritrea gets disease resistant potato variety

Efforts to develop select potato seeds on the part of Halhale National Agricultural Research Institute (HNARI) are producing encouraging outcomes, according to Mr. Musie Fekadu, Head of Bio-Technology at the Institute. He further explained that research conducted over the past three years by the Eritrean.....

Sharp hike in Mexican fresh potato prices

The Spanish-language potato news website Argenpapa reports that potato retailers are experiencing a sharp rise in the price of fresh potatoes in certain areas of Mexico, especially in Tamaulipas, a state in the northeast of Mexico, bordering the U.S. Some traders report a hike of as much as 100 percent. Juan.....

Mexican ban on American potatoes set to continue

Two of America’s most beloved produce items, the potato and the avocado, are complicating trade relations with Mexico. On August 4th, Mexican courts voted to continue to ban American potato imports into their country, aside from a small 16-mile zone directly at the border. The judge and others cited pest.....

Potato industry unites to fund blackleg research

A group of major potato business and public sector organisations including the Scottish Government and AHDB have sponsored a £242,000 research project aimed at reducing the impact of the potato disease, blackleg, on the Scottish seed potato industry.AHDB and the Scottish Government jointly funded a project.....

Potato cartel

US consumers have been paying up to 49% more for potatoes

It is paradoxical that the US, the country whose oil industry has been putting an end to OPEC's price control over crude oil for decades, has recently become home to a potato cartel within its territory. Because of this, US consumers have been paying up to 49% higher prices than they should have in recent.....

New restrictions for Wisconsin potato producers

Wisconsin potato producers are facing new restrictions aimed at preventing crop disease, referring to the requirement that growers to use certified seeds and limited time to threat late blight disease.Gov. Scott Walker signed two new measures involving potato growers Wednesday, Wisconsin Public Radio.....

Klaas Greydanus:

“Large potato supply hopefully results in more favourable export position”

The new potato harvest is more than in store by now. “We have plenty of Frieslanders, Doré and Bildstar available,” says Klaas Greydanus from the potato wholesaler of the same name in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. He isn’t too optimistic about the new season. “Prices were quite good last year, which means the.....

Chayenne Wiskerke: “Incomprehensible that Africa has import levies of 100% on basic food in times of actual need”

Onions not suitable for aid programmes for starving Africa

In April, Chayenne Wiskerke launched her initiative to help combat hunger in Africa, by starting a large-scale relief action for hungry Africans. At that time, the onion sector was struggling with enormous surpluses. She approached ministries, international aid organisations and ship owners to bring about a.....

AU growers looking to export seed potatoes to Egypt

Seed potato exports to Egypt are being flagged as a new opportunity for West Australian potato producers hit by tomato potato psyllid trade restrictions.The Potato Growers Association of Western Australia was set to receive $60,000 in State Government funding, chief executive Simon Moltoni said. The money.....

Peruvian onions regain entry to the Colombian market

The Agricultural Exports Management of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), stated that, after four months of joint work of the Peruvian public and private sector with the authorities of Colombia, Peru would be able to, once again, enter its onions into the Colombian market, which would contribute to the.....

25 supply chain partners agree to more disease-resistant potato varieties

Dutch organic sector unites against potato disease

On Tuesday morning, 25 Dutch organic potato breeders, growers, and big supermarket chains signed the "Expedited transition to more robust potato varieties" agreement. With this agreement, the organic sector wants to find a sustainable solution for the devastating potato disease: Phytophthora. Bionext. The.....

National Potato Council:

"Mexican court ruling banning potato import 'ignores science'"

The National Potato Council, responds to the Mexican Court decision to block the import of US potatoes: 'Mexican Court Ruling Ignores Science'The recent ruling by a district court judge in Los Mochis to continue the ban on U.S. potatoes in most of Mexico ignores science and directly threatens the role of the.....

US National Potato Council warns against UK potato imports

Last week, the National Potato Council (NPC) provided comments to USDA APHIS on the recent pest risk assessment for the importation of potatoes from the United Kingdom to the U.S.The NPC emphasized concern over six pests that would threaten the industry. The introduction of these pests into the U.S. would.....

Belgium excluded from EU food safety regulations regarding fries

Belgium's national dish, the deep fried potato sticks that much of the English-speaking world gallingly calls "French fries", has been saved.So, at least, the national government said on Wednesday as the European Union agreed to amend food safety rules aimed at curbing cancer. Belgium's farm minister claimed.....

Judge forbids the entry of American potatoes into Mexico

A judge ordered Mexican authorities to curb the entry of fresh potatoes from the United States because of the potential risk of 63 pests that could affect the country.The decision was taken by Judge Jose Francisco Perez, in response to a petition filed by an organization of potato producers and several.....

China: Beijing purple onions prices rises rapidly

According to data from the Xinfadi market, the price of purple onions is now between 0.65 and 0.85 yuan per 500 gram. This is 42.86% higher than last week, and 11.11% higher than last year. The price is mainly rising because the transported quantities to the south are bigger. Onions from Henan, Jiangsu and.....

25,000 tons of onions stolen in India

A mind-boggling 25,000 metric tons of onions have gone missing in India. The theft occurred in Madhya Pradesh, a large state in central India, according to India Today.The heist follows the Mandsaur agitation of June, in which six people were killed when law enforcement fired on protesting farmers demanding.....

UK: Potatoes in Practice event coming soon

Potato industry representatives, growers and influencers from all over the UK and beyond are expected in Dundee to take part in Potatoes in Practice (PiP) 2017, a technical potato field event featuring a high-standard mix of science, technology and practical advice which will be the largest of its type in the.....

Nigerian potato producers to receive loan

The Federal Executive Council has approved a memo seeking an equivalent of N3.38bn African Development Bank loan for Platuea State to produce potatoes.Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun told State House reporters after the FEC meeting that the state ought to contribute a N595 million counterpart fund.The minister.....

10 year high for Indian onion exports

Onion exports from India have recorded a 10-year high in 2016-17, with the country recording export of 3.5 million tonnes (lt) of the bulb. The Central government’s decision to provide repeated extensions to the export subsidy and zero minimum export price (MEP) of the produce has fuelled the exports in the.....

Washington potato industry votes to continue marketing order

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that potato producers in Washington voted to continue their federal marketing order program. The Washington potato marketing order provides authority for grade, size, quality, maturity and container regulations. The State of Washington Potato Committee.....

Three GM potatoes approved in Canada

Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, Canadian officials said Thursday.The approval by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency means the J.R. Simplot Co. potatoes.....

NRGene delivers an improved sweet potato genome

NRGene, which works in genomic assembly and analysis, has delivered a significantly improved assembly of the sweet potato genome to a group of scientists from Japan, China, and Korea.The genome sequencing was performed as part of a project sponsored by the Trilateral Research Association of Sweet Potato.....

Indiana grown red potatoes available now

The red potato harvest began the first week of August at Black Gold Farms’ operation in Winamac, Indiana, located about 2 hours south of Chicago and the same distance north of Indianapolis. Focusing exclusively on red potatoes for the fresh market, the Winamac farm grows premium quality red skin, white flesh.....