Potatoes and Onions


New R.G. sorting line in Algeria
A sorting and grading line for potatoes and onions in Algeria is one of the latest orders forR.G. Impianti, a company which has been developing vegetable processing systems for over 30 years.Potato line"The line is 30 metres long and 15 metres wide. It actually consists of two separate lines, one for.....

Jan Franje on the falling onion market:
“We currently do as little as possible”
The onion trade is currently in a slump. “We are doing as little as possible. Everything you do costs money,” says Jan Franje from the onion sorting and packing station, Franje Onions. “Bale prices are around 10 cents, and it is going to be difficult to maintain prices at that level. I do not expect to get.....

Indian potato farmers expecting 20% larger yields
As potato harvesting and exports gain momentum, farmers from central Punjab’s potato belt expect 20% additional yields and better exports this year.Officials have set a target of 3.6m tonnes from just over 400,000 acres sown this season, while farmers think that the production can go up to 4.3m tonnes.In.....


Tomra announces two new sorting machines
Sorting Food has announced two new sorting machines, the Tomra 5A and the Tomra 5B.The Tomra 5A, which sorts whole unpeeled and peeled processed potatoes, and the Tomra 5B, which sorts vegetables, French fries, chips and other potato products, have been specifically designed to improve product.....

Farm Frites releases new fries that stay hotter longer
Potato grower and processor Farm Frites is launching Extra – a range to satisfy the demand for crispy, coated, tasty fries with greater heat retention. The Extra range has been launched to help operators turn around consistently crispy fries that stay hotter, longer. The range is available in 7mm, 10mm, 12mm.....

China: Garlic frenzy returns to Qingdao
Ever since the start of winter, the vegetables of Qingdao have been stable overall. But attentive consumers found out that the garlic price was going up again as the weather gradually turns cold. Indeed, it is the return of the 'garlic frenzy'. In the winter of 2015, a stretch of intensely cold weather.....

Australian potato shortage ends thanks to strong potato crops
Australia may be out of the woods as far as potato production goes. After a difficult year in 2016, filled with floods and storms that caused widespread potato shortages, the industry was in need of a break.According to the Potato Australia chairman, Frank Rovers, who farms in Cora Lynn, the shortage is now.....

Vietnam potato industry will continue
The cliché of Asian agriculture is endless fields with rice. But there is literally and figuratively speaking room for the potato. The project ‘Growing out of poverty with the potato’ is trying to make Vietnam self-sufficient in the production of potatoes. Interestingly, the project involves the whole chain.....

Less Swiss potato waste
Around one third of all foodstuffs are lost on the way to our tables. For Swiss potatoes, it's half the harvest. What measures help to reduce losses, and how do they have an impact?Approximately every other Swiss potato doesn't get eatenThe production of foodstuffs pollutes the environment to a high degree:.....


US potato exporters worried about impact of withdrawing from TPP
US farmers are wondering how local growers and farmers who export their products to Asia will be affected by the decision of the new president Donald Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Washington and Oregon Potato Growers Convention, held January 24-26, featured many speakers,.....

McDonalds greenlights new potato variety for Pacific Northwest growers
McDonalds has recently given Pacific Northwest (PNW) process growers the green light to grow Clearwater Russet. The variety is expected to grow in popularity and production as they will be used by the fast food franchise to make french fries. Clearwater Russet is a cross of the Bannock Russet and A89152-4,.....

Unions in India say potato boycott had limited effect on prices
The campaign to boycott potatoes in India due to rising prices had a “minimal” impact on the agriculture sector, sector leaders and activists said on Monday.While freezing temperatures have damaged several hundred acres of potato crops, cultivation in several areas throughout the season has eliminated.....


Europe’s growing appetite for U.S. sweet potatoes
Europe’s appetite for U.S. sweet potatoes is continuing to grow. The market imported record volumes again this past year and new research shows a sharp increase in awareness and purchases of U.S. sweet potatoes as a result of promotional efforts, spearheaded by the American Sweet Potato Institute.....


Photo Report: Van Meir Onions visits New Zealand
Van Meir Onions has gone on a study trip with a delegation of 27 people to New Zealand. With their consent, we will publish their Facebook updates of the trip.18 JanuaryAnd we have left! On a study trip to New Zealand, where we will be travelling around to visit companies for the next 2 weeks. 23 visits are.....

Honduras will earn 14 million dollars from sweet potato exports
The regional director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), Enrique Paz, said that Honduras would export some 300 containers of sweet potatoes, grown in 150 hectares, to the US and European Union markets.The exports, he said, would amount to 14 million dollars, i.e. nearly 300 million lempiras.....

UK: M&S potato supplier sees growth in 2017
Newly filed results for Manor Fresh, a potato supplier, revealed turnover topped £60.3m for the year to 30 April 2016, compared to £57.1m a year earlier. Pre-tax profit also increased to £1.6m from £1.4m.The company upgraded its potato packing facility in Spalding in its 2014/15 financial year and has.....


France: UNPT discusses future of potato sector
The UNPT (National potato producers union) presented the results of a study carried out alongside FranceAgriMer on the prospectives of global exchange by 2025 on the 24th January during their 14th convention. Geoffrey d’Evry, their Vice President, explains that “Since 2010, we have seen a faster acceleration.....

Low potato supply causes vegetable CPI increase by 12.5% in Australia
Potato farmers in Australia are suffering through low supplies and the inability to work their fields due to recent weather conditions. "Pretty much every state got affected in some way. We probably only just broke even," said potato farmer Anthony Failla, who have grown in Melbourne for over 50.....


Clean, tidy, environmentally friendly, extended storage
New type of potato and onion storage ticks all the boxes
In the search for unique, customer and environmentally friendly packaging, German packaging company, BayPack Obst, developed a new display box around two years ago, for the sale and storage of potatoes and onions."We developed the potato display box two years ago with a special construction which is hand.....

Venezuela: Vegetable cultivation fell by 30% in 2016
Vegetable cultivation, especially of potatoes, is facing the same problems as in previous years. To summarize: there is an absence of seeds. Emmanuel Escalona, the national director of vegetables for the Confederation of Associations of Agricultural Producers (Fedeagro), said this lack of seeds has generated.....

Mexico, the main buyer
Peruvian garlic exports had a remarkable growth in 2016
In 2016, Peruvian fresh garlic exports had a remarkable growth. According to data from Sunat, in 2016 Peru exported a total of 12,548,609 kilos of this product at a FOB value of US $19,298,131. This marks a positive contrast over the results achieved in 2015, when the country exported 3,713,755 kilos of.....


Spain: "We'll produce less than half the amount of sweet potatoes this year"
According to Juan Mellado, of the Juan Mellado SA company, this year's sweet potato production was affected by the weather, the great competition in the area, and the variety offered by the main competitor, Portugal. "Brazil and Argentina are other competing countries that should be taken into account, but.....

Potato virus shows potential for cancer treatments
After a recent research study, the potato virus X (PVX) was shown to have potential for possible cancer treatments. Researchers hope to use it as a drug carrier, delivering doxorubicin (DOX)—a commonly used cancer chemotherapy. According to the researchers’ findings, published in the journal Nanoscale,.....

Ireland strives to supply 100% of local potato seed demand in three years
The agricultural sector is striving to is reduce their dependency on imported Irish potato seeds and to supply 100% of local demand within the next three years.This was noted by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, in an interview with JIS News at the signing of a.....

Schmieding Produce launches 100-calorie skinny potatoes
According to research from PaleoLeap, the average weight gain between Thanksgiving and Christmas is 3.5 pounds, but overweight people gain an average of 5 to 10 pounds during this time frame. January is a key month for Americans to lose weight.“We are extremely excited about the launch of our new.....

Louisiana yielded 35% fewer bushels of sweet potatoes in 2016
The Louisiana 2016 sweet potato harvest, which was troubled by flooding rains which caused delays in August, yielded 35 percent fewer bushels than the year before, the Louisiana Sweet Potato Association announced.On average, farmers harvested 290 bushels of sweet potatoes per acre — considerably less than.....


Bob Evans food division buys potato farm for $115m
Private Equity firm Golden Gate Capital agreed to purchase Bob Evans restaurants for $565 million, which will split the company and make the company private. Bob Evans Farms food division, which makes mashed potatoes, sausage and various side dishes, will become a standalone company.The food division also.....


Nicola potatoes at Staay Food Group
At the start of this week, the first Moroccan Nicola potatoes of the season arrived at Staay-Hispa. In 1975, this strain was first marketed by Handelsmaatschappij Van Rijn BV from Poeldijk (part of the Staay Food Group since 2003), which at that time was to first to successfully present this potato strain on.....

Kazakhstan to build potato processing plant with 140K ton capacity
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan, Askar Myrzakhmetov, met with representatives of the Dutch company Farm Frites on January 25 to discuss their plans to build a plant for the production of frozen fried potatoes in the northeast of Kazakhstan, the official website of the.....

India: Red onion sector still suffers from demonetization
The Indian onion sector is still suffering from the demonetization process that was instigated by the Indian government on the 8th of November. Onion prices are currently low, at 8 rupees per kg ($0.12 or €0.11). According to Irfan Khan of the Indian export company Four Seasons Exports, the fact that the.....


Weather in Northwestern Idaho causes logistical issues for potato industry
Supply is looking very good for Idaho russets and quality is holding up. That market has been steady so far, but with the recent weather that North-western Idaho has been experiencing, it’s been causing some logistical issues. Aside from making sure trucks get out on time, “other than that it’s the normal.....

Indian government offering potato/tomato transportation subsidy
The state government in India on Monday announced financial support for tomato and potato farmers to aid in transportation costs.The government had decided to give a transportation subsidy of Rs 750 per tonne by road and Rs 1,150 per tonne by rail. For export to other countries, the government has promised.....


SPot Farm East shows how irrigation can help combat potato scab
Results from the first year at Elveden Farms, Strategic Potato Farm (SPot) East were revealed on Wednesday (11 January 2017) as attendees of the event at Newmarket Racecourse tried to get a nose ahead by evaluating the research on display. In an informative discussion, Dr Phil Burgess, Head of Knowledge.....

Panama seized two containers of Dutch onions
Panama's Food Safety Authority (AUPSA) seized two containers with purple and yellow onions from the Netherlands at the Port of Balboa.Their arrival was irregular as the onions had been harvested more than 120-days ago, which is the maximum period of time established by the Fresh Onion Bulbs Export Protocol.....

UK's next generation potato farmers meet with Parliament
While British Prime Minister, Theresa May, was preparing to make her biggest Brexit speech to date – 12 delegates from AHDB Potatoes “Next Generation” scheme made their own mark on the Houses of Parliament.Attending their penultimate session in the program, the “Next Generation” of British potato farmers.....


“It is not up to politicians to decide whether a chemical is good or not”
Request to postpone reevaluation of admission for MH
Organisations and companies from the Dutch onion sector have urgently requested the postponement of the European reevaluation of MH. “Considering the crucial importance of MH for the onion sector, we cannot approve it if the reevaluation is not done by a fully-fledged test concerning content because of.....

Increase of potato acreage in Western and Central Europe
Motivated by the high prices recorded in the previous season, the acreage devoted to potatoes in Western Europe and some countries in Central and Eastern Europe has increased. In the EU as a whole, the potato acreage in 2016 amounted to 1.68 million hectares and was about 2 percent greater than in the.....


Fresh produce in short supply in Bostwana after import ban
Bostwana is experiencing a shortage of fresh produce after a self-imposed ban on imports from South Africa following the detection of tomato leaf miners at their border. The ban includes tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers and melon pears. While Botswana has its own fresh produce farms, the volumes produced by.....

8,000 Peruvian potato varieties to join world's largest banana collection
KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) has housed an impressive collection of bananas that already contains over 1,500 varieties and is the biggest of its kind. The collection is recognised as world heritage and will soon be expanded with another food crop. 8,000 potato varieties from the International.....


AHDB Exports advertises British produce in Berlin
Once again, AHDB Exports will be taking a stand at Fruit Logistica to showcase Great Britain’s horticulture and potato industries.AHDB Exports will provide a high profile platform at which exhibitors from across the horticulture and potato industries can showcase their products to over 67,000 trade.....

Carbon monoxide poisoning hospitalizes 17 potato workers in Idaho
A leak of toxic carbon monoxide in an Idaho potato cellar in Jefferson County has led to 17 workers being hospitalized. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Ball Brothers Produce in Lewisville, which is located approximately 22 miles north of Idaho Falls.Multiple employees at the.....


Garlic planting and harvesting machines to rejuvenate industry
China's challenge to keep new generations farming
“In China, most of the garlic planting and harvesting is done by hand. The two main challenges that garlic growers face are rising labour costs and difficulties finding young farmers that want to join the industry. Young people are moving to cities and are pursuing different kinds of careers outside.....


New Zealand grower enthusiastic about the year's quality
In preparation for Fruit Logistica 2017 one of the New Zealand's leading growers, Bostock New Zealand is sending it’s largest ever contingent and looks to further develop strong relationships with Europe, America and Asia.Bostock New Zealand Owner, John Bostock says the trade show is incredibly significant.....


Headway made in getting US potatoes access to Mexico
According to Potatoes USA officials, an “important and very positive step” has been taken, after 15 years of trying, to gain access to the market in Mexico - U.S. potatoes may soon be crossing the border.Mexican courts granted an injunction against fresh U.S. potato shipments after farmers in the country.....

Mild Winter benefits crop development
China: "Garlic growth: so far, so good"
"In the past period, the export price of garlic was the double of the price during the same period last year. This put pressure on the export market, resulting in many clients from foreign countries slightly decreasing their ordered amounts. But in the end, the export amounts show an upward trend," says.....


Spanish onions: a stable product
"We could say the onion harvest has been good this campaign," assures Ramón Marhuenda, Import and Export Manager at Pepsur Marketing. The pace of exports to countries such as the United Kingdom and Ireland has been very good, although, at present, they have enough stock to "finish the campaign without any.....

Bram Werkman: Landjuweel:
“Chip industry’s advance a threat to table potato market”
Chips factories have experienced an unprecedented growth in recent months. “Everyone expected that the price for chips potatoes would decrease in the new year, but that appears not to be the case. The mood is quite positive,” says Bram Werkman from wholesaler Landjuweel. However, the potato wholesaler does.....


Scientists use onions to reduce cow methane emissions
Last year, in an experiment, scientists in Spain fed cows onion extract intentionally to reduce the methane from their natural gases. Methane gas, partly from cows, makes up around 11% of America's greenhouse gas emissions and is up to 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide, according to the.....


“Export world for onions becoming smaller”
It is winter, and that is very obvious when looking at the trade of certain products. “Carrots especially usually show an increase in demand and prices when the weather gets colder. A recovery can be seen, and prices are several cents higher compared to a few weeks ago,” says Nicolas Vandenboogaerde......


Bangladesh officials worry GM potatoes may result in export ban
After a recent initiatives to grow more resilient GM potatoes, the Bangladesh Fruits, Vegetable and Allied Products Exporters' Association worry that exports from Bangladesh may face a huge setback if the government goes along with the plan.“Cultivating GM potatoes will definitely hamper potato export as.....

Court finds potato merchant guilty of £161,000 in VAT fraud
A potato merchant in Perthshire was found guilty after a raid on his home found evidence of tax evasion totaling £161,000. After a four day trial Scott Coupland was found guilty of the charges in a Perth Sheriff Court. Coupland was charged with making two false VAT repayment claims between March 2011.....

Chile: Bacterial wilt in potatoes causes alarm in Osorno
The bacterial wilt disease detected in potato crops in the south of the country has set off the alarm among producers, as this disease rapidly spreads through water.It is a parasitic disease that affects the tuber and that is currently limited to the region of La Araucania and the towns in Los Rios, such as.....


Spiralized Idaho® potatoes for Potato Lover’s month
Every Potato Lover’s Month (February), the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) explores Idaho® Potato versatility from a different and exciting angle. For 2017, we’re showcasing spiralizing, a preparation method that gives Idaho® Potatoes a whole new look. Spiralizing turns our top quality potatoes into all.....


US sweet potato consumption has nearly doubled since 2000
In 2015, farmers produced more sweet potatoes than in any year since World War II. After the war increased industrialization saw production drop for sweet potatoes and as production dropped so did consumption.Fast-forward to the 2000s when the sweet potato began its ascension. One big reason: the fad.....


Quik’s presents innovations during Fruit Logistica 2017
Sjips, 'Potatoes on the table' and sweet potatoes
Last year, Quik’s Quality Potatoes presented various new products during the Fruit Logistica. This year, Quik’s hopes to surprise its customers and interested parties with innovations and the familiar range at the Fruit Logistica as well. Quik’s anticipates user convenience with new products, but leaves room.....


Christiaan van der Goes, Krocom:
“Month of switching from Spanish to North American sweet potatoes”
For Krocom in Barendrecht, the Netherlands, the North American sweet potato season started several months ago. “People started harvesting in North Carolina in October. Spain was on the market in October, but those volumes are now decreasing. We have now entered a month of switching. Prices are already.....

Mexico won't import fresh potatoes from the United States
CONPAPA hasn't allowed the market opening sought by potato producers from the US because they haven't met some of the plant health requirements stipulated by the law regarding potato imports. According to federal authorities in Mexico, 43 diseases of quarantine importance, have been detected in the.....


Australian potato farmer sells purple potato chips
Potato Farmer Peter Scott from the Otways region in Victoria, Australia, could soon become the region's most famous farmer since another Otways potato farmer, Cliff Young, won the Sydney to Melbourne ultramarathon in 1983.Peter Scott expects to make up to a million packages of purple potato chips this year......

Venezuela: Carabobo receives 20,000 bags of potato seeds from Canada
Aldemaro Ortega, the president of Asopapa Carabobo and director of Venezuela's Federation of Potatoes and Vegetables (Fenaphort) said that 20,000 bags of seeds of potatoes for industrial use had arrived in the country on Sunday.He said the seeds were brought from Canada and that producers would start.....

Panama: Onion producers lose the battle against imports
Onion producers from Panama said they were losing the battle against imports, as these are increasing day by day.Augusto Jimenez, president of the Association of Producers from the Highlands, said that they had lost an estimated 7,000 quintals of onions, worth $ 250,000 dollars, in the fields between August.....


Week 2
Overview European Potato Market
Belgium (week 02)data from Fiwap / PCA markets: firm markets but few transactions for immediate delivery. Some additional purchasing is taking place, mostly with delayed delivery.Bintje, Challenger: mainly 25,00 €/qt. Fontane: 25,00 to 27,00 €/qt, higher prices being for chip quality potatoes for the.....

Broadest quality research for onions ever launched
Based on a unique Public-Private Collaboration (PPS) in the entire chain the onion sector has managed to set up a multiple year research programme that promises to take the quality of the Dutch onion to a higher level. Important quality aspects will receive attention primarily to give growers the tools and.....


Victorian potato farmer offers potato ice cream
Val Murphy isn't your typical potato grower. While she does ship them off to retailers like others, she also likes to make creative recipes with them. Recipes like mashed potatoes, French fries however aren't what are catching eyes, it's Mrs Murphy's potato ice cream. If anyone is curious to try some of.....

Spain: New beer brewed from Alava potatoes
A team of students from the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) have created a potato beer, which they have launched under the "Gastheiz" brand, in honour of Vitoria, and which they aim to make the Alava beer par excellence.According to their promoters, the chemical engineer Ainhoa ​​Ocio.....

AHDB overview of 2017 potato trade
One of the major challenges for the upcoming period is to ensure the requirements for raw products. “However, varieties and specifications can be different to local supplies, so the challenge will be to source imports that service their requirements. Also, processors will be aware of the need for rigorous.....

Egypt to increase exports of potatoes to Lebanon
The Minister of Industry and Trade, Tarek Kabil, said that Egyptian exports to Lebanon increased by 65% during 2016 compared to 2015, adding that a lot of different fields benefited from the increase.Kabil said in a statement that during a meeting with Lebanese minister of agriculture, Ghazi Zaiter, who is.....


Storm shuts down Canadian onion facilities
A recent snow storm moving through Idaho has devastated onion packing facilities in Treasure Valley. Multiple packing facilities have collapsed and many more onion storage facilities are no longer standing. "We have so far lost one storage facility with 2,500 plus bins and currently all of our Idaho.....


Jan Westhoeve, Westhoeve Potatoes:
“Potato export is doing well despite high prices”
No complaints can be currently heard on the potato market. “The market has been developing very positively in the past few months. As far as we are concerned, this can last a while longer,” says Jan Westhoeve of Westhoeve Potatoes in Ouddorp, the Netherlands. “Prices are good, and export is also doing well......

Insights into the Belgian Potato Trade in 2017
The free potato prices have been high during the whole season, which has affected the markets, as well as imports and exports increasing competition, the representative of Belgapom explains. “Whether there will be a shortage at the end of the season will probably depend on the timing of the early crop,” he.....

World potato production up 16% since 2006 while US stagnates
Last year was a difficult one for US for potato farmers with dropping planted area and a new incoming President who farmers worry may risk current trade deals with two of the countries major potato exporters, Mexico and Canada. This combined with the fact that US potato production has stagnated are.....