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Rutger Keurhorst and Wim de Rijder of Qreenno:
“Optical sorting will change onion chain”
Last autumn, Wim de Rijder and Rutger Keurhorst started with Qreenno, with which they’re focusing on engineering and project management of industrial installations and buildings in the fruit and veg processing industry, for clients at home and abroad. Now they’ve entered into a partnership with Italian.....

Vidalia Onion Committee announces start date and Marketing Campaign
The Vidalia onion season official start date is set for today, April 27 and the Committee is continuing the “V is for Vidalia” marketing campaign after its successful debut last year. The campaign focuses on promoting the versatility and benefits of Vidalia Onions to a younger consumer base.The promotion.....


Lindert Moerdijk, MSP Uienhandel:
"Buyers have to get used to new price level onions"
"Our export has been good this year. All of the sorters had been anxious beforehand, because Russia wouldn't come, and they caused a low mood among growers at the start of the season. The Russians didn't come, but we didn't miss them either. I think it's been a fantastic season. Now you're seeing how the.....

Bangladesh: Onion rises as potato prices touch record low
Onion prices have risen to Rs50-60 per kg from Rs25-30 some two weeks ago, while potatoes are selling at recored low prices.Traders say onion prices may remain under pressure during the next month as well. “The price of any vegetable goes up whenever its crop comes to an end or new crop arrives,” said Haji.....

N. Ireland: Ag Minister backs potato promotion
The Northern Ireland potato industry has been working together to take forward a very measured and comprehensive industry funded potato promotion campaign, similar to the one underway in the Republic of Ireland.Potato industry representatives, with support from the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) and Department.....

Sri Lanka raises tax on imported potatoes, onions
Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance have announced that the import taxes on big onions and potatoes have been increased with effect from Saturday.The import taxes on potatoes and big onion have been increased by Rs 15 and Rs. 20 respectively.Accordingly, the import tax on potatoes has been increased from Rs. 40.....

Vidalia farmers confident about 2015 crop
Georgia may be known as "The Peach State," but in Vidalia, it's the state vegetable that gets the most attention.Click here to view the video report.The area's onions are famous for their sweet taste and Chairman of the Vidalia Onion Committee, Jason Herndon, tells News 3 they can't be duplicated anywhere.....


Italy: Galatina New Potatoes become a PDO product
Galatina new potatoes (Solanum tuberosum, Sieglinde variety) were awarded the PSO mark on April 21st, 2015.The production area corresponds to that identified as the "Salento and Ionic area" and includes the following municipalities:Acquarica del Capo, Alliste, Casarano, Castrignano del Capo, Galatina,.....

2015 fresh harvest underway
New Chipperbec™ premium non GMO California chipping potatoes
New Chipperbec™ potatoes now availableAllied Potato Inc., a premier grower and distributor of chipping potatoes in conjunction with Frost Potato Co-Op are proud to announce their new Chipperbec™ branded chipping potatoes for foodservice operators and processors across the country. “The 2015 fresh potato.....

Co-funding from EU approved for €4.3m potato campaign
The EU Commission has approved 50% EU co-funding for ‘Potato Potential’, a €4.3m programme to promote potatoes on the Irish and UK markets.Speaking about the Commission’s decision, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney welcomed the EU recognition and financial support for an industry programme to raise.....


First UK spring onions hit the shelves
The first UK grown spring onions hit the shelves this week, volumes remain relatively small until the peak season in the next month or so. The season usually runs from now up until around the beginning of October. Import company Jacana Produce, had some of the first spring onions this week. Mark Stuart.....

McCain Foods to close Fort Atkinson plant
McCain Foods USA Inc. announced Wednesday it will close operations at its Fort Atkinson manufacturing plant due to changing business dynamics.Officials of the Lisle, Ill.-based company reportedly were in Fort Atkinson to break the news to the plant’s approximately 120 employees.Products currently produced at.....

New potato supply remains manageable
A recent analysis concludes that the available and expected quantities of potatoes are smaller than the previous year. Less important suppliers, such as Morocco and Tunisia, are hardly or not all on the market. From Egypt come fewer potatoes than planned and Israel only recently began with shipping the.....

Late start for P.E.I. potatoes
Cascumpec seed potato grower Jason Rayner is biding his time before moving equipment outdoors to start grading seed stock for customers.“It is still too muddy and still really too cold, and the snow is going to really control the temperature, too,” Rayner commented. “In P.E.I., unfortunately, spring is.....

Switzerland
Agroscope may test GM potato
The Federal Office for the Environment allows Agroscope to conduct a field trial with genetically modified potatoes. A number of security measures must be taken.Potato against late blightAgroscope wants to test a potato with improved resistance against late blight. Scientists at Wageningen University.....

AU potatoes for Malaysian and Thailand supply chains
The recently released outcomes from an in-market Supply Chain Analysis of Malaysia and Thailand demonstrate the potential for the development of a collaborative export marketing model for the South Australian potato industry. The state is the nation’s largest producer, with farm gate production worth more.....

Colombia develops genetically modified potato
The Corporation for biological research (CIB) in Medellin is developing a potato that is resistant to the Guatemala moth, and that could be available to producers in about three years time. We spoke with María Andrea Uscátegui, Executive Director of Agro-Bio, who stressed the benefits of this technology in.....

Vidalia onions head to market
Fields in Toombs and 19 surrounding counties boast onions ready for harvest each April.Crews for M&T Farms have picked some already, and workers were packaging them on Wednesday to get them ready to ship. Farmers believe it's all about getting the onion out of the ground at just the right time."You can.....

India: Glut triggers small onion price crash
The price of small onions has fallen sharply at the wholesale market in Tiruchi. Although it is welcome news for consumers, onion growers are suffering as the steep fall in prices have adversely affected them.The price of both small and Bellary onions (first quality) have fallen to Rs. 15 a kg, down by Rs. 5.....


Home grown potatoes dominate the German market
Potato trade quietly increasing
According to the BLE (Federal Office for Agriculture and Food) newsletter of 16/2015 home grown potatoes dominate the German wholesale market. The supply of potatoes was sufficient and could satisfy the constant demand. And while the quality of the potatoes was of a high standard, the prices remained.....

AU: CCC dodges WA potato wars
The Corruption and Crime Commission will not become embroiled in WA's potato wars after deciding a complaint against a former executive at the State Government's industry regulator is too minor for it to investigate.The Potato Marketing Corporation accused chief operating officer Tim Cusack of gross.....

UK: Supporting potato trade with the Canaries
Each year, large quantities of GB ware and seed are exported to the Canary Islands. Potato Council’s head of seed and export, Rob Burns, updates on the current difficulties affecting this long established trade agreement. “While no one knows the exact date of the potato's arrival Europe, its entry point.....

Argentina: Garlic a major vegetable export
Garlic has become a major vegetable export in Argentina, as the country is the second largest exporter of garlic in the world and one of its main producers.Beyond the myths and legends that surround this vegetable, it actually possesses numerous therapeutic and nutritional properties that contribute to this.....

India: Bumper crop mashes potato farmers’ hopes
Potato farmers in Gujarat are worried. With a bumper harvest and unseasonal rains affecting the quality, potato prices have come down to one-third of what they were last year.The first estimate, as on February 2015, puts the country’s potato output at around 421 lakh tonnes (lt) – about 6 lt higher than last.....

OCEX of Bogota
Colombia interested in Peruvian onions
While attending a business conference organised by the Commercial Office of Peru (OCEX) of Bogota, held between 9 and 10 April, two Colombian companies showed interest in buying mainly Peruvian onions, as well as other products of the southern region, such as olives, pomegranates, oregano and fresh.....

Swiss authorities green light GM potato trial
The Federal Office for the Environment says scientists can carry out crop trials involving genetically modified (GM) potatoes that are resistant to the vegetable’s biggest threat – blight - at a site near Zurich.It announced on Tuesday that teams from the Agroscope research centre would be able to start.....


EU: New imported potatoes meeting a need
The Spanish potato season started this morning at Verdi Import with the firstDoré's from the Guadalquivir delta. "Spain planted far fewer potatoes this year, and they had to contend with poor weather conditions at the beginning of cultivation. We anticipated this by milling the potatoes a bit more. This.....

US (ID): Take sides, Idaho® Fingerling potatoes fit the bill
Small to medium in size, with a tender interior, Idaho® fingerlings are making it big on the side. Popular as a side dish, versatile fingerlings can be cooked or roasted whole, stuffed, shaved and chipped, and even braised in oil for an earthy confit.Idaho produces three main fingerling varieties:- French.....

WA's royal blue over potato patrol
WESTERN Australia's potato patrol needs to be modernised but should not be mashed as long as it keeps prices appealing to consumers, state Nationals leader Terry Redman says.THE Potato Marketing Corporation, which restricts the variety of fresh potatoes that can be sold, has been lined up for the chop by.....

Humble potato offers no easy fixes for farmers
Scottish seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figures indicating that 2014/15 has been a record breaking season.Scotland only grows 25 per cent of the total GB potato crop, but produces 75 per cent of GB seed and exports a total of 300,000 tonnes annually to more than 25 countries outside of the.....


Unique in Belgium: the first potato brand
“Princesse Amandine brings life to potato shelves”
Successful brands in the fresh produce sector are few and far between, but sometimes companies do take the plunge. One of those is Pomuni, market leader in potatoes in Belgium. They will introduce a new product in the summer of 2015: Princesse Amandine, the first potato brand to be introduced in.....

WA garlic farmers helped by rain
The unusually wet weather in dry Western Australia has benefited the state's garlic growers, it would seem. “The rain has helped to prepare the soil for garlic planting, that’s for sure,” notes WA grower, Angela Killick of Bawang Farm, North East of Geraldton (Bawang is a Philippino and Asian term for garlic.....

Spain: Potato sector encourages consumption after 35% in 25 years
The president of the Spanish Potato Forum, Jose Ramon Aguado, told reporters that potato producers, processors and distributors were going to launch a media campaign to encourage domestic consumption of this product, which has fallen 35% in 25 years. José Ramón Aguado presented a promotional campaign that is.....

AU: Barnett to chop potato regulator
WA’s archaic “spud cop” faces the chop, with Colin Barnett declaring the Potato Marketing Corporation will be abolished within two years.The Premier told The West Australian it was time to peel back rules that dictated the varieties, quantities and price of potatoes grown in the State.“The Potato Corp’s days.....


UPA: "It's not worth harvesting at current prices"
Some chains selling French potatoes as Spanish
The agrarian organization UPA has denounced the serious crisis suffered by the potato sector in Spain, with "disastrous prices at origin and deceptions to the consumers at the point of sale," in reference to recent allegations of consumer deception by companies such as Carrefour, Dia, Alcampo, Lidl and.....


Chayenne Wiskerke: "High demand from Brazil to continue for a while"
Sudden price hike onion market
The onion market is seeing a lot of movement at the moment. Currently, batches are bought from the grower at between 15 to 20 cents on the long term, and the bale price is also moving along nicely. "Nobody had expected this," says Chayenne Wiskerke of Wiskerke Onions. She says the price increase is mainly.....


Malta: 50% drop in Alfa potatoes this season
According to Paul Zammit, Manager of the Malta Potato Exports Cooperative Ltd (Malpo Coop), it has been a bad year for Malta’s early potato crop due to unfavourable weather conditions. "The yield was disastrous, a complete failure.” said Zammit. For the main crop, the Alfa, “It has been fine, but there.....

Korea: first report of postharvest fungal pathogen on onion bulb
Scientists at Korea University and Konkuk University in Seul have previously identified Aspergillus awamori, Fusarium oxysporum, Penicillium brasilianum and Rhizopus oryzae as the agents of the most important fungal diseases of onion bulbs during postharvest storage. Last February, a first report of a new.....


Bintje decreases by 12%, Première main variety
Estimate of Flemish potato area 2015
At the start of April PCA members showed in a questionnaire what potato area and what variety they will grow next season. Not all growers knew their definite area at that time. But these figures give a careful first estimate of the 2015 potato area.Première main varietyOn the 1st of April only 20% of the.....

NZ: Major potato research project announced
Potatoes New Zealand Inc. has won funding from the Ministry of Primary Industries for a major research project aimed at improving crop yield.The $260,000 three-year project, which will be financed through the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) and managed by the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR), will.....

Greece: Rains to reduce potato harvest by up to 50%
Potato prices from the spring harvest in Greece have been on the rise because of a considerable reduction in the planted acreage this year, which reaches up to 40%, according to producers of Ilia. Furthermore, the rainy weather in winter was not favourable for the binding of tubers, so production volumes.....

Jurgen Duthoo, Bart's Potato Company:
"Less interest in new potatoes during Easter"
During Easter, there was less interest for the new harvest in the potato market than in other years. According to Jurgen Duthoo of Bart's Potato Company, more volumes were sold in other years. "This probably has something to do with the fact that a lot of 'old' harvest is still available on the market. Those.....

Good harvest expected in Belarus in 2015
This year Belarus intends to get harvest as good as last year's. The matter was discussed during the working visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to Minsk Oblast where he visited the agricultural enterprise Ozeritsky-Agro, BelTA has learned.The head of state was informed about the progress of the.....


Onions lose all value in China
Due to the collapse in prices, some farmers in China are having to give away their onion harvest to passers-by who are willing to bend over and pick them. Farmers in the Henan province are seeing prices of their harvest collapse. Picking the onions would cost the producers more than selling them. At.....


Nello Alba
Italy: Good trend for new potatoes from Syracuse
"It is a good period for new potatoes from Syracuse. After the strong rain in March, there is 30% less produce and the domestic market is lively. Prices should be satisfactory from mid April," explains Nello Alba, sole administrator of Oranfrizer.(photo by Oranfrizer)."The cold temperatures are instead.....

NY eliminates “nuisance fees”
It’s a good day to be a potato fan in New York. Ditto for supporters of antique and miniature boilers, animal rendering plants, and operators of ski lifts. And for anyone with a career in lasers or food salvage, put your hands together in applause.The reason for the rejoicing is the elimination of dozens of.....


Galicia
Spain: A Coruña boasts about its flat onions
As a key ingredient in countless recipes, essential for Galician empanada, and with many health properties, onions also represent an opportunity for entrepreneurship in the region. The business potential of this humble, but essential, product and the reality of the sector will be the focus of a conference.....

India: Wholesale onion prices decline
The average wholesale onion price at the country's largest wholesale onion market at Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) declined marginally on Monday compared with the prices on Saturday.Sources at Lasalgaon APMC said the decline in the average wholesale onion price is marginal and.....


Spain: Ibérica de Patatas donating over 3,000 kilos of potatoes per month
Ibérica de Patatas, Spain's largest trader of potatoes for consumption, has signed an agreement with the NGO Mensajeros de la Paz (Messengers of Peace), founded and directed by Father Ángel, to donate more than 3,000 kilos of potatoes per month to food banks and soup kitchens run by this.....

Partnership for sustainable potato cultivation
Bayer CropScience and Farm Frites recently started a Food Chain Partnership initiative designed to implement sustainable agricultural practices in potato cultivation in the Netherlands and Belgium.The goal of the partnership is to support a bottom-up approach with potato farmers addressing value-adding.....

Aussie spuds on South Korean menus
South Korea could help provide Australian potato growers with some relief from domestic cost pressures via a potentially lucrative growth market for exports.According to an analysis of a recent industry discussion paper featured in the latest edition of Potatoes Australia magazine, nearly 90 per cent of.....


Wim Moerdijk, Monie:
"Onion market completely unpredictable"
"Unclear and completely unpredictable." That's how Wim Moerdijk of onion sorting and packing station Monie describes the current onion market. "Exporters will order a bit extra, farmers see there's an opportunity, and the price goes up quickly. There's a lot of gambling being done by purchasing a few cents.....

Ireland: Growers urged to cut potato acreage
Potato growers should reduce their potato planting areas to some degree in 2015, given the poor prices that have been available over the past two seasons, according to Teagasc’s Dr Denis Griffin.“Last year saw an oversupply of potatoes coming onto the market right across Europe, with prices falling.....

US (ME): Three new potato varieties released
Maine may not lead the nation in potato production, but as the state’s largest cash crop, a partnership between the University of Maine and the Maine Potato Board (MPB) is determined to make sure Maine potato growers of every scale have access to some of the highest quality seeds in order to sustain a.....

UK: Greenvale hit by market conditions
The continued drop in fresh potato consumption and a surplus of produce on the market has resulted in a 63% drop in pre-tax profits at tattie processor Greenvale.In its interim results for the 26 weeks to December 27, 2014, Produce Investments – the parent company of Greenvale – blamed “very challenging.....

US (ME): Pineland Farms $7.5 million expansion nearly complete
A $7.5 million expansion project at Pineland Farms Naturally Potatoes is nearing completion.“We’re probably about 90 to 95 percent complete,” Rodney McCrum, president and chief operating officer, said earlier this month.Officials broke ground June 4, 2014, on the expansion, which includes 12,000 new square.....

Japan approves land route for US chipping potatoes
After several years of negotiations, Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) has agreed to allow US chipping potatoes to be transported overland from an international port to an approved processing facility in Kagoshima.This represents a long-standing request by the US government, the.....

India: MEP reduced to boost onion exports
The central government on Wednesday reduced the minimum export price (MEP) of onions from $300 a tonne to $250 a tonne in an attempt to boost export and stabilise the falling onion prices in the domestic markets.In July last year, when the average wholesale prices were in the range of Rs 1,500 to 2,000 a.....

India: Subsidy, cut in marketing fees, for potatoes
With potato growers getting only Rs 1.5-2 per kg for their produce, the Punjab government announced a slew of relief measures for farmers such as freight subsidy on exports and reduction in market and rural development fees.The state government also directed state co-operative to procure potatoes from.....