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Potatoes and Onions

Friday 19th May

AU: US onion expert to visit growers in Devonport

US onion expert Dr Bill Dean is synonymous with the name River Point Farms, a family farm, fresh, sustainable, grower, packer, fresh-cut processor, shipper, and year-round supplier of onions.He will be visiting Devonport on 19 May to meet with growers; this will be followed by an information session a the.....

Potatoes are not a cheap crop to grow

Winter reminded us that ‘it hasn’t gone away you know’ courtesy of the Arctic blast we endured over the past couple of days. But let’s hope that’s the end of that and normal service will be resumed – at least as far as the weather is concerned – as we head towards the weekend. When the weather deteriorates,.....

Peru doubled garlic exports in the first quarter

Peruvian exports of fresh garlic have registered a significant increase during the first quarter of the year. According to information published by AgrodataPeru, from January to March 2017, Peru dispatched 4,828,925 kilos of fresh garlic at an FOB value of US $ 8,028,622. These figures contrast positively with.....

$10,000,000 investment announced for potato processing plant in Kenya

Switzerland-based New Ventures, through its food and beverage subsidiary Kingdom Foods [Kingdom GHL] has announced plans to set up a potato processing factory in Kenya, to be located in Elgeyo-Marakwet at a cost of Sh1 billion (10 million USD)Kingdom Food business development manager Sialo Kimiring said the.....

Lamb Weston / Meijer acquires Oerlemans Potato Division

The acquisition of Oerlemans Foods increases the Lamb Weston / Meijer production capacity for French fries by 85,000 tons. The photo shows cut skin-on potato strips leaving the dryer, ready for either coating or par-frying.Lamb Weston / Meijer has reached the completion phase of the acquisition of the potato.....

US potato stocks 6% higher this year

The 13 major potato States held 133 million cwt of potatoes in storage on April 1, 2017, up 6 percent from April 1, 2016. Potatoes in storage accounted for 33 percent of the fall storage States' 2016 production, 1 percent more than last year.The potato stocks survey includes a sample of approximately 975.....

Spain: Aged black garlic protects the heart

Researchers at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) have conducted research on the cardioprotective properties of aged black garlic. The results, published in the Journal of Functional Foods, show that this new functional food can attenuate the decline in cardiac contractility following a myocardial.....

Cuba: Ciego de Avila guarantees potato seeds for next season

The high yields of the current potato crop in Ciego de Avila guarantees producers will have potato seeds for the next season. It will also be sufficient to satisfy the demands of the only pre-fried potato plant in the country, which allows sales at the border and to tourists.The harvest was higher than.....

Central Luzon, PHL onion grower recovers after armyworm infestation

Central Luzon, the top producer of onions in the country, is expected to more than double its output of the crop this year, according to an official of the Department of Agriculture (DA).DA Region 3 Officer in Charge-Director, Roy M. Abaya, said Central Luzon has recovered from the devastation caused by the.....

Peter van Steenkiste, Warnez:

“Potatoes in steam packaging a growing segment”

“We think it’s important to join trends and respond to the renewed food culture. We therefore introduced Pomvit, the steam packaging for potatoes, years ago, for the simple reason that we strongly believe that fast, fresh and healthy can go together quite well,” says Peter van Steenkiste from Warnez, the.....

Jan Beemsterboer: "Sales on local market as borders as closed to import"

Onion cultivation project by Beemsterboer opens in Senegal

For years Senegal has been the main export market for Dutch onions in the first half of the season. The Senegalese love an onion, as the average consumption per head of the population is around 27 to 30 kilos per year and the population is growing. To provide for the inhabitants of Senegal in the second half.....

Growing risks and shrinking profits in Washington's potato industry

Washington state has 250 potato growers with the total crop contributing $7.4 billion to the state's economy each year, Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, told The Spokesman-Review.Unlike other states like Idaho however, farmers in the state struggle with low profit.....

Potato production in Peru increased by 6% in February

Peruvian potato production increased by over 6% in February compared to the same month in 2016, totalling 279,326tn, and was a notable increase on the previous figure of 263,512tn, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI).According to the latest INEI study - "Peru Technical.....

Georgia's Vidalia onion harvest bigger than expected

The harvest of Vidalia onions is in full swing and farmers and their crews have fields ripe with onions when they initially weren't sure what they were going to have any this year. One farmer said it is the second best crop he's seen in the decades he's been growing the world famous onion. He says the mild.....

South Australia extends restrictions to combat tomato potato psyllid

South Australian authorities will further restrict the movement of Western Australian horticultural produce in an effort to prevent the spread of tomato potato psyllid.The latest restrictions follow suit with New South Wales and Victorian restrictions to add a broad range of product line restrictions, in.....

Frito-Lay issues recall on potato chips due to salmonella

Frito-Lay has issued a voluntary recall for both its jalapeño-flavored Lay's and Miss Vickie's kettle cooked potato chips. The company says there is potentially salmonella in the seasoning.The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says salmonella can cause serious and occasionally fatal infections for.....

Lebanon: Plentiful potato production will make exports necessary

Potato growers in the Akkar Valley, Lebanon, have started harvesting their crops for the current agricultural season amid fears that the country will not be able to export its production, which is expected to amount to between 90,000 and 100,000 tonnes this year.The chairman of the Cooperative of Potato.....

Mark Verweij, VerDi Import:

“Good absorption of Spanish Doré, the market is tired of old harvest”

The first lorryload of Spanish Doré was unloaded at VerDi Import last Saturday. VerDi grows Spanish Doré in the delta of the Rio Guadalquivir in the southernmost tip of Spain. “Various Spanish regions had bad weather, and the potato cultivations suffered because of that. Fortunately, ours didn’t, although we.....

Onion market settles back in after clearing out oversupply

The onion market is back on track after moving through the crossover supply season. “Things are really good right at the moment,” says John Harris of Fort Collins, Co.-based Paradigm Fresh. “Demand is steady and typical of this time of the year and several areas are online: Mexico is pretty much wrapped up and.....

Lindert Moerdijk, MSP Onions about football scenario on onion market:

“Recovery after unexpected demand from Brazil”

As if Arsenal is three-nil behind in the quarter finales of the Europa League, and only has ten players left, yet they make the winning goal in the extra time. That’s how unexpectedly Brazil entered the onion market last week. “This is why people always say: ‘they’re still onions,’ this is what we’re doing it.....

Greece: 50% increase of potato prices this year

Despite the cheap imports arriving from Egypt, producer prices for open ground potatoes remained high in Greece after Easter. The next few weeks will, in fact, bring a full production and demand for a quality Greek product.The current high price is the result of various factors, not just because the imports.....

Irish potato farmers saw a boost in trade over Easter

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) says that Easter has given a welcome boost to the potato trade and with the weather remaining on the cool side, consumption will remain robust over the coming weeks.Prices have strengthened again in the wholesale market as the number of sellers in the market and general.....

Gambia lifts potato import ban

The Gambian regime of President Adam Barrow has lifted a ban on the import of onions and potatoes into the country.The ban was imposed a few years ago by the previous regime of Yahya Jammeh “to encourage Gambians to take up farming and grow what they eat and eat what they grow.”However, instead of revitalising.....

Good EU demand for Maltese new potatoes

Good weather conditions this spring have made for a good growing season in Malta.Ralph Scerri from Quality Fruits & Vegetables Ltd, said that there is good demand for new potatoes from the Netherlands, Germany and Italy."We sent out the first 6 trucks (150,000 tons) to Altena last week and we expect to.....

New BlightCast foresees risk of aggressive blight

Potato growers will have a better opportunity to predict blight risks, and tailor their proactive fungicide programme to specific seasonal challenges this year.The new Syngenta BlightCast, launching for the 2017 season next week, uses local weather forecasts and sophisticated disease modelling algorithms to.....

Worries about Chinese garlic

Argentine garlic drops to third place worldwide

The association of producers, packers and exporters stated that Argentina was the second biggest exporter of garlic thanks to Mendoza, and especially to San Rafael. Unfortunately, their lack of competitiveness has displaced Argentina in the international markets and now the country is the third biggest.....

Irish potato and banana prices continue to rise in Rwanda

Rwandan shoppers may have to pay a bit extra for some of their favorite produce, according to a mini market survey by The New Times that shows that prices of Irish potatoes, cassava and bananas have continued to increase in Kigali city and its suburbs over the past few weeks, due to a shortage of various.....

'Belgian industry intends to cut back on production'

The Belgian potato market is going to be different this year. "I have learnt that the Belgian industry is going to scale back on production", says Gino Martens of Martens Potatoes. He describes the situation as follows: "In the 'Interpom' period, the price rose from 20 to 25 euro. In January the industry made.....

Side Delights® launches in-store Athletic Performance promotion

Fresh Solutions Network, LLC announces the Side Delights® Athletic Performance Promotion program targeting athletes and sports fans. The theme “Potatoes Fuel Performance” promotes potato’s taste, nutritional value and ability to positively impact athletic performance.The program provides shoppers with.....

Carisma potato offers more choice for Canadian diabetics

After a successful launch in 2016, Canadian produce company EarthFresh is bringing its lower glycemic response (GR) Carisma potato back to Ontario grocery retailers for an extended season.They will be available from April to November 2017 and offer health-conscious food lovers and diabetics more choice in the.....

Indian potato production estimated at near record levels

India's total potato production has been estimated at around 47 million tonnes this year which puts the year a few million short of the largest crop ever, which was recorded back in 2014.The output stood at 43.4 million tonnes in the 2015-16 crop year (July-June), while the last record was 48 million tonnes.....

Idaho, US making progress in fight against potato nematodes

Idaho is making progress ridding the state of potato cyst nematodes which have been threatening Idaho’s $900 million potato industry the last decade, federal officials say.The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday released the first quarter report for 2017 on the Pale Cyst Nematode Eradication Program that.....

Mother helps fight malnutrition in Uganda with sweet potatoes

Fourteen years ago, Joweria Ssekiyanja started distributing orange sweet potato vines to her neighbours in Nyimba sub-county, Luweero district.Then, Ssekiyanja, contracted by HarvestPlus as one of the change agents in the area, sold the potato vines at a give-away price of Shs 1,000 per sack. For her, it was.....

Harvest of Texas red potatoes underway earlier than usual

Today, the harvest of the 2017 crop of Black Gold Farms, Texan Red Potatoes starts. The potatoes will be available from April 24 until the middle of June. Thanks to the excellent planting and growing conditions, harvest is set to be underway a little bit earlier than last year. “The product is looking.....

Bejo introduces its first True Potato Seed variety

Bejo has obtained breeder’s rights on its first True Potato Seed (TPS) variety. This new potato hybrid, Oliver F1, can be cultivated directly from botanical seeds and, after transplanting, produces table potatoes in one season. Oliver F1 is a slightly floury table potato with an oval shape and a smooth.....

Study shows potatoes can be part of a heart-healthy diet

According to a recent report from the Alliance for Potato Research & Education (APRE) recent research may change the recent stigma against potatoes in a healthy diet.The group reported that two studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition failed to find an association between potatoes.....

Onions dominate vegetable farming in Saxony-Anhalt

According to the Regional Statistics Office, the vegetable farmers in Saxony-Anhalt used almost 4,219 hectares of farmland for open ground vegetables in 2016. The cultivation area rose by 8.3 percent compared to the previous year. Onions were the most farmed vegetable in Saxony-Anhalt in 2016. They claimed.....

Demand for purple sweet potatoes is growing because of their medicinal qualities

The most outstanding nutrients of purple sweet potatoes are selenium and anthocyanin. "These components are used for the prevention and treatment of more than 100 diseases," stated Ms. Meilin Jia, the Sales Manager of Qingdao Justop Industry and Trade Co. This product is grown in various regions of China, such.....

Venezuela: The delay in seed imports complicates potato production

The potato production's problems multiplied this season. The delay in seed imports was decisive. The sowing cycle began later than usual and 50% of the crop was lost at the start of the rainy season.In Carabobo alone, producers expected to obtain 5,250,000 kilos in 350 hectares. However, they had to take their.....

China: Price of Taian garlic continues to drop

As the weather gets warmer, new garlic is slowly entering the market. However, the price drop is clear: in the last 11 days the average price of Taishan garlic has dropped to 4 yuan/500g. This is a drop of 55% compared to 9 yuan/500g in March, and a 33,3% drop compared to last year's 6 yuan/500g. The garlic.....

Trending purple yam

Ube or not Ube, that is the question

Prepare your produce teams to answer one of the trickiest questions in food trends: do you sell ube (pronounced “OO-beh”)? The internet is buzzing with images and stories of purple-tinted desserts made with the elusive purple yam, which is difficult to find fresh in the U.S., and, at the same time,.....

Vidalia onions celebrate 25th anniversary

Vidalia onions, grown in Georgia are now officially available for retail distribution. The onions are revered by some for their sweet, distinctive flavor. "We are excited every year when we are able to start shipping our hand-planted and hand-harvested Vidalias," said Troy Bland, chairman of the Vidalia Onion.....

Bananas and potatoes were the top selling items in US for 2016

According to the Nielsen Perishables Group, in the US bananas were the top selling item in 2016 with 4,641 units sold per store per week. Potatoes were the second top seller with 3,578 units sold per store per week. As far as dollar sales go berries, packaged salads, apples, citrus and grapes were the top five.....

Rutger Keurhorst, Eqraft:

“Not just optical sorting but complete work floor automation”

During the Fruit Logistica, MSP announced an investment in a 12-tracked optical onion sorting machine from Eqraft. “We are hoping that more processors join our participation project in the coming period. We need each other to advance. We have all the ingredients, from advice, design and assembly to complete.....

Austrian onion and carrot market week 15/2017

Onion prices just about maintained

The slightly strained Austrian onion market situation has not changed. The products which are available are good enough. In terms of quantity and/or quality, there is still some marketing pressure among individual farmers, but the sales side is quite receptive. Demand on the domestic market is average and.....

Active exports help lift Ukrainian onion prices

Ukrainian farmers have been rapidly raising their prices of high-quality onions thanks to high demand for them in Belarus, according to Fruit-Inform.As a result, prices have grown by 36% since the beginning of this week and now reach UAH 2.50/kg (EUR 0.09/kg) in the internal market and UAH 3.50/kg (EUR.....

Cypriot potatoes becoming increasingly popular in Europe

"This is a product that stands out for the careful process of selection and packaging," explains Gaetano Modugno, manager of the company Evergreen di Modugno Gaetano. These potatoes, which have Global GAP and IFS certificates, have been present on the international market for 10 years and have reached an.....

Pakistan's potato exports remain crippled after Russia's import ban

Pakistan's potato exports have remained low ever since Russia barred the entry of the vegetable in May 2015 on food safety grounds after detecting some diseased consignments.Since July last year, about 30,000 tonnes of potato were shipped, with the total exports expected to be 35,000-40,000 tonnes at the end.....

AHDB Potatoes adds five new board members

AHDB Potatoes has announced the addition of five new members to its board, replacing five members who came to the end of their service this March. The new members are Daniel Metheringham, Jonathan Papworth, Andrew Skea, Will Shakeshaft, and Michael Welham.Will Shakeshaft says farming has been ‘in his blood’.....

Adrie Kleinjan on the slow and expensive potato market:

“Margins in potatoes mostly for growers this year”

The potato market has been slow and expensive for quite some time. “Export could be called calm to bad now. They have plenty of their own production in the Eastern bloc, and in years like this we miss the sales channels to Russia, but also Senegal, even more,” says Adrie Kleinjan. “You can tell trade is doing.....

Adriaan van Belzen:

“Onion trader is more objective”

Certainties that used to be part of the onion market have disappeared. Adriaan van Belzen from Daily Onions saw the sector change over more than 24 years, but the level-headed Dutchman isn’t easily thrown. “There are no more certainties. I think the onion world mirrors the entire world.”Adriaan trades in.....

Onion sector invests 2 million in quality research

We asked Gijsbrecht Gunter, president of the Holland Onion Association, about the state of affairs regarding the supply chain-wide onion research that should lift the quality of Dutch onions to a higher level, so that the Netherlands can retain its leading position. In the 2017/19 period, two million euro will.....

New packaging introduced

Pearl onions are gaining momentum in North America

Pearl onions are gaining momentum in the West, but pearl onions are also very popular in Europe and some parts of Asia. "Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and India are all places that love including pearl onions in their cuisine," says Andrea Dubak with Thomas Fresh. In India, you’ll see them in sweet relishes.....

Japanese crisp companies reduce product offerings due to spud shortage

A shortage of potatoes from Hokkaido has meant that snack food makers Calbee Inc. and Koikeya Inc. have been forced to stop the sale of some of their potato chip brands.The spud shortage from Japan's northernmost prefecture is attributable to a typhoon that hit the region in summer 2016. As a result, Calbee.....

Indian government agrees to procure 100,000tn of potatoes

The Union Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday approved the procurement of potatoes under the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) in Uttar Pradesh for 2016-17.According to a release, a maximum of 100,000 tonnes may be procured under the scheme by the state agency.“The purchase will be made at Rs 4,870 per metric.....

Michel Binst, Primimport:

“Supply of early potatoes from Cyprus scarce for a while”

“The early season for potatoes can be compared to previous years, broadly speaking. There are some differences. For example, prices are slightly higher, and Cyprus started later. They started planting later due to the late arrival of the seed potatoes and the cold winter. There’s currently some delay because.....

Spain: Increased demand for new potatoes greater than production growth

Next week will be marked by the arrival of the first early potatoes in Seville, following the start of the harvest of the extra-early potatoes of Malaga. "The weather conditions have been very favourable for potatoes in Seville, whose campaign will kick off at the usual time," explains Javier Boceta, producer.....