Potatoes and Onions


Extra wavy fries thanks to new cutting machine
Lamb Weston/Meijer started using the new production line this year. The current factory was expanded to install a completely new production line for premium frozen potato products.The producer of frozen potato products and dried potato flakes has invested 120 million euro into the renewed factory. The.....


Wim van de Ree:
“Information on potato quality available sooner”
Nedato has been supplying potatoes from 500 associated cultivators for more than 50 years already. The company supplies about 250,000 tonnes of potatoes for the processing industry in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany annually, and packs 100,000 tonnes for retail, food service and export. The potatoes are.....


China: Chengdu garlic hits ten year high
Since May this year, the garlic price on Chengdu's retail market has continuously been going up. A few days back, it became the most expensive for 10 years time. Data reveal that the price for single-bulb garlic, which was 22.25 RMB per kg in May, has already gone up to 28.13 RMB per kg. That means an.....


Henk van der Peet:
“Constant flow and minimal falling height beneficial to quality”
Every act of potatoes and onions is a risk for damage. By reducing this number and transporting the product as calmly as possible, a qualitatively better final product can be supplied. H.W. van der Peet & Zn could play a part in that. The company is specialised in loading and unloading systems, and sees.....


Festive opening of new storage barn at Franje Onions
On Friday 16 December, after months of working very hard to get everything spic and span in order, the official opening of the extension of Franje Onions in Gawege took place. The extension consists of a new storage warehouse with a capacity of 2000 tons of onions. The advantage of this extension is that.....

Onion prices plummeting in Mumbai, India
Onion prices in Mumbai have been plummeting at an alarming rate due to an excess supply in the country according to some farmers. Another reason for the drop in price for local crops has been the better quality that is being imported from other states. “The soil, climate and other factors in Nashik district.....

UK potato survey to take on soil pest problems
A nationwide potato growers’ survey in the UK is planned to evaluate the implications of all key soil pest issues, and assess whether growers are faring well under current measures, or if they find the problem is growing worse.This is the first full survey directly covering all key potato soil pests, it.....

Irish potato farmers angry over Christmas retail discounts
Some farmers in Ireland are growing angry at the recent price drop promotions on vegetables made by big supermarkets in the country. Some of these retailers are selling potatoes for 49c/kg and farmers worry it will damage an already fragile market. With potato production levels in Ireland and across Europe.....


Eric Moerdijk: “Lower price and good quality have export potential”
“Onion trade is a charity at the moment”
According to Eric Moerdijk from onion sorting and packing station, Monie, in Nieuwdorp, the Netherlands, the situation on the onion market can be best described as difficult. “There are not much sales for the large processing capacity we have combined, and prices are significantly under pressure because of.....

Poland: Potato prices to drop even further
Despite the already low prices of potatoes in Poland, these are likely to decline even further, warn experts of the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics.The researchers of the Institute reported that because of the increase in production, potato prices in Poland are low when compared to those of.....

Scottish potato production higher than GB's
While there has been a 5 percent drop in UK potato production this year, Scottish growers experienced a much better season, with production up over 9 percent on the previous year. Scottish yields were larger than the GB average this year at 46.4 tons per hectare, while GB's was 44.9 tons per hectare. While.....

“Prices for processing varieties will not fluctuate much till spring”
Jan van Luchene of Bruwier Potatoes, a Belgian company specialized in acquiring and delivering potatoes, has made a statement regarding the current state of the potato market in Belgium and Europe. “Good prices are currently given on the potato market, and I do not expect that will change soon. The high.....

Indian snack food consumption driving up potato demand
Malwa grown potatoes are gaining popularity in Gulf countries as snack food consumption continues to rise. This rise of consumption the last few years is estimated to continue to grow as household incomes continue to rise, according to experts at the International exhibition of cold chain expo."With a rise.....


China: Huaihua garlic more expensive than meat
Garlic is a vital ingredient for the preparation of good food. Since the latter half of this year, the garlic price has gradually been going up. This week, the garlic on a few vegetable markets in Huaihua appeared to be rising further to a historical new high. In the Huaihua city region, the price for 1 kg.....

Jamaican Farmers to Plant 70 Hectares of Irish Potato
Around 70 hectares of Irish potato are planned to be planted by farmers in Westmoreland with the institution of the 2016/17 national Irish potato program. This is up from 31.2 hectares, which were planted by 101 farmers in the parish in 2015/16.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry,.....

Onions: one of the best growing seasons
There are lots available. That’s how Dan Commins of Connell, WA-based Onions Direct LLC characterizes this year’s harvest. “There are a lot of onions. We’ve probably had one of the best growing seasons,” says Commins. “Last year was so hot and the growing season, the longevity of the onion really got.....

New technique for finding carcinogens in french fries
Everybody loves french fried, but overcooked french fries can be bad, and not only in flavor. When fries get overcooked they can form a toxic compound called acrylamide. This compound has been shown to cause cancer, but current techniques for detecting it have been very expensive and complicated......

Argentina: Tool to control potato pests and diseases
Growing potatoes increases the pressure of pests and diseases, which usually results in the intensive use of plant protection products. To avoid unnecessary applications, a team of specialists from INTA's Balcarce Integrated Unit and the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the National University of Mar del.....

Branston potato demand doubles for Christmas
A potato producer in Ilminster is preparing for demand to double as the people of the UK prepare for Christmas dinner this year. The company saw their packing demand double from 150 to 300 tons just a week before Christmas.“From 13th December we really start to see uplift in demand for spuds as families.....

McCain Foods expanding production of french fries
In a big move, McCain is looking to increase their current production of french fries by over 400 million lbs. The company is already the world's largest producer of frozen potato products and employs around 20,000 people around the world. The company has not yet confirmed where the new increase will take.....

New RUCIP rules and practices begin 1st of January
On the 1st of January 2017 the RUCIP European Committee secretariat will be effectively transferred from Paris to Brussels. From the same date a new set of Rules and Practices of the Inter-European Trade in Potatoes (RUCIP) will also start to apply. The RUCIP European Committee, composed of the European.....

Cavendish Farms expanding in Lethbridge
Cavendish Farms has released that they are expanding in Lethbridge. The expansion consists of the construction of a new frozen potato processing plant in the city. It will cost a total of $350 million and will be the largest developement ever for the city.“To have a world-class facility in terms of.....


World upside down in potato trade
“Price for processing varieties will not fluctuate much till spring”
“Good prices are currently given on the potato market, and I do not expect that will change soon. The high prices could persist until spring for industry strains in particular,” according to Jan van Luchene from Bruwier Potatoes. “It might be different for the fresh market, but the price for industry strains.....


Romain Cools: “There is definitely still a growth margin”
Belgian potato area almost 100,000 hectares
The Belgian potato area is growing significantly each year, and according to the latest prognoses the milestone of 100,000 hectares will be reached in 2017 or 2018. “This year we will reach approximately 90,000 hectares. The step to 100,000 is not much bigger after that, and it will therefore not take very.....

Canada: Potato yields on the rise
Manitoba is experiencing an unexpectedly large yield of potatoes this year. Storage sheds are full, according to some in Manitoba. The production this year was so large that many potatoes are still in the ground since farmers have no place to put them. “Some people had yields they were just not.....

Agristo create third Automatic deepfreeze warehouse
Agristo, the producer of Belgian pre-fried and frozen potatoes, has teamed up yet again with Egemin Automation to create a new automatic high-bay deepfreeze warehouse. The new warehouse will measure 45 metres high and will have 15 storage levels. The warehouse will be able to store 35,000 tns of frozen fries.....

New risk criteria for Potato Late Blight alert
A new risk criteria has been introduced to the Potato Late Blight alert. The new criteria was implemented thanks to new research by the James Hutton Institute and funded by AHDB Potatoes. This new criteria, the 'Hutton Criteria" is reported to be a big improvement over the the 60 year old methodology used.....

Potato industry joins GIA biosecurity partnership
The New Zealand potato industry has announced its membership of the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) biosecurity partnership. It has now become the thirteenth member of the group. "It’s very pleasing to have Potatoes New Zealand working with the Ministry for Primary Industries and other industry partners.....

McDonald's Canada introducing "Waffle Cut Fries"
McDonald's Canada has recently announced they will begin selling "Waffle Cut Fries". And no, they aren't made of actual waffles sadly. The fries themselves are called criss-cut State side and are a different shape fry with more seasoning. The fry has already been introduced by many other food.....

Indonesia fighting against illegal potato imports
Indonesia continues its fight against illegal potato imports which have been affecting farmers in the country. On Thursday, the government pledged to stop illegal imports of Granola potatoes, while leaving Atlantic potato imports alone. The difference being that Atlantic potatoes aren't used for planting but.....

Swedish potato production recovering
Swedish potato production is showing signs of recovery, with an estimated 553,000 tonnes expected this year. Overall, this is a 5% increase over the numbers for 2015. This trend is showing a recovery for the crop in the country. The increase in production is due to a push to develop more land for potato.....

India: Potato farmers throwing away produce amid demonetisation fiasco
Ever since the Indian Prime Minister ordered the demonetisation move on November 8th, farmers have been in trouble. Agra produces over 8 percent of the country's total potato production and the crop this year has created enormous stocks of potatoes on the farms.The farmers had been stockpiling these potatoes.....


Freddi Prodotti Ortofrutticoli launches shallot 3.0
"First there was the French produce, then the seed one introduced by the Dutch which changed the market. This season, we launched shallot 3.0. Thanks to research, there are many varieties available but only seed, semi-oblong and round shallot are available on the market. We launched an oblong shallot seed.....

Potato cultivation declining since German Reunification
The potato has been in retreat in Saxony-Anhalt since the German reunification. In 1990, potatoes were farmed on almost 73,000 hectares of land. This year, it was only 13,400 hectares, according to Heiko Thomaschewski from the State Agriculture and Gardening Office (LLG) in Bernburg on Monday.Potatoes are.....

Waste water from sweet potatoes may increase weight loss
Dr. Koji Ishiguro from the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization has found that leftover water from processing sweet potatoes may help people who are looking to shed a little of extra weight. The inspiration behind the research came when they realized the massive amount of water being wasted.....


Luc Driessen, area sales manager Asia for Bejo:
“Hybrid shallots a solution for 200,000 Indonesian cultivators”
Shallots as the hot topic during a trade mission: it might sound odd, but during a recent visit to Indonesia, led by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, this allium crop was extensively discussed. “And rightly so,” said Luc Driessen, area sales manager, Asia, for Bejo. “A country such as Indonesia cultivates.....


"With this information we can make targeted decisions about the plants"
App with satellite images for Belgian potato sector
There are many initiatives for precision agriculture. The Belgian potato sector will start using satellite images next year. “We have been busy with this project ‘Watch iT Grow’ for a while now, and in the beginning of February 2017, we will introduce a new app,” says Isabelle Piccard of VITO Remote Sensing,.....

EU’s largest growers record slight drop in potato production
In the 2016/2017 campaign, the production of potatoes in the five largest EU producers will be about 2 percent lower than in the previous season, reported FAMMU/FAPA, based on USDA Attache Reports.The total production of potatoes for consumption within the period at hand in Belgium, France, Germany, the.....

Port of Grangemouth in for record-breaking quarter
With a 30% year over year increase in refrigerated container volumes in October and November, the port Of Grangemouth is on track to see a record breaking quarter. This was helped by a boost in potato seeds this season. Last month alone, it handled a record 1,400 refrigerated containers, known as reefers......

First batch of preserved green onions to be sold in Japan
A few days ago, the first batch of preserved green onions of the new production season, 2016-2017, were smoothly exported to Japan, after having met the requirements of the Quarantine and Inspection Services in Zhangzhou city (Fujian province). The batch weighed 16.8 tons, had a value of 23,000 USD, and was.....

EarthFresh Farms acquires Grand Bend Produce
Grand Bend Produce's assets have recently been acquired by EarthFresh Farms. Grand Bend Produce is a fresh potato business based in Ontario. The CEO of the Grand Bend Produce was optimistic about the acquisition, stating “With these new growing regions and Grand Bend’s additional packing capabilities, we.....


Italy: An alternative to all-purpose potatoes
While it is quite common in northern Europe, the segmentation of the potato market has finally arrived in Italy too. "We want to convey a different message," explains Davide Marangoni, manager atCondifresco, a company commercialising potatoes, garlic, onions, shallot and Italian branch of the FrenchLes.....


Dirk Garos, Restrain:
“Ethylene good alternative for MH as sprout inhibitor in onions”
At the end of October 2017, the authorisation for the substance maleic hydrazide (MH) expires. A draft of a review report of the EFSA is currently up for discussion by the EU. The GroentenFruit Huis and LTO call the possible loss of the authorisation the final blow for the export position of the Dutch onion,.....

NEPG estimate adjusted; falls to 24.5 million tonnes
The official NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) harvest estimation has been adjusted to show a fall to 24.5 million tonnes this year. This accounts for the top 5 leading potato producing countries. This year the total harvest is estimated at 24,551,000 tons, which is 3% lower than last year and.....

Europe: Shallot prices skyrocket
Compared with the onion trend, the current shallot trend is very weird, especially for what concerns the produce from France. Onion prices barely cover production costs, while those of shallots have skyrocketed.Most of the shallots sold in Europe come from France. Diseases, the abundant rainfall that hit the.....

How will Brexit affect the potato industry?
Along with Germany, the UK is the EU's largest potato consumer, with over six million tons used each year. The UK produces about 5.5 million tons of potatoes each year leaving them with a deficit. Even after the referendom, the UK will still remain in the EU, at least until the Spring of 2019. It could even.....

Northern Ireland: Potato production estimated to fall
Production is expected to fall across all main potato crops in the North this year, according to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAER). The Potato estimates came from a survey involving pre-harvest digs on potato crops from approximately 75 farms. In 2016, the.....

PepsiCo owned company reduces water and carbon emissions by half
Walker Crisps, a PepsiCo-owned company, accomplished the difficult feat of cutting their water use and carbon emissions, required to produce potatoes, in half in just five years. A new measuring technique, issued in 2011, has led to new insights into where savings could be made.The PepsiCo-owned.....


Crisp restaurant in London
Crisp lovers rejoice. A new unusual restaurant in Soho has one main dish on the menu, crisps. The restaurant, HipChips, may confuse some locals who are used to calling them crisps rather than the more American term chips. The restaurant is located in Soho and offer a wide range of crisps from different.....

Hungary’s potato imports rose by 11% in 2016
Because of a reduction in Hungary's potato production, there has been a greater need for imports this year. The volume purchased from other countries in the first eight months of the year has increased by 11 percent compared to the same period a year earlier, reaching 39.2 thousand tonnes, while exports have.....

Bangladesh: Rangpur potato farmers see soaring profits
Recently potato prices have been soaring for Rangpur potato farmers. This is good news for the farmers, who are taking advantage of a lack of demand in the region. The drought of potatoes was caused by a reluctance to harvest potatoes last year because of the low prices and a problem with seeds as well. Many.....

US: A holiday full of potatoes
Over the Thanksgiving holiday Americans all across the country enjoyed every sort of potato whether it be mashed, baked, steamed or buttered. Surprisingly, according to the research group NPD, potatoes are the most widely eaten food during thanksgiving given the prevalence of non turkey lovers and.....

Argentina: Mendoza to become leading producer of pre-fried potatoes
Mendoza could become the leading producer of pre-fried potatoes for consumption in South America, as it will contribute more than 50% of the product and increase its exports by 5%, thanks to a very significant investment. This should begin to yield results within 18 months. As announced more than two months.....

NEPG: Potato harvest adjusted to 24.5 million tonnes this year
This week, the official NEPG harvest prognosis has been adjusted downwards for the five NEPG countries. Total harvest is estimated to be 24,551,000 tonnes this year. That is three per cent lower than last year, and 3.6 per cent lower than the five-yearly average. The amounts are gross figures. The most.....

India: Onion exports double in Nashik
Following the removal of the Minimum Export Price (MEP) onion exports have doubled in the first five months of the financial year of 2016-2017 compared to the same period last year.Sources from the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation (Nafed) stated that the export of onions had increased.....


"Prices at their lowest for the biggest demand of the season"
California sweet potato yields up
Who doesn’t buy sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving? They’ll be widely consumed this week and over the weekend in everything from side dishes to desserts. Plus, yields seem to be up for California’s crop this season. “Our yields are up between 5 – 10% over last year,” said Larelle Miller, of Quail H Farms. “We.....


New wet potato chips sold in Japan
A new product from the snack company Calbee is turning heads. There new 'Wet potato, moist Mild Soy Sauce Flavor' are soy flavored chips with a soggy outside but marketed to still contain a crispy center. Found only in the companies Calbee Plus branches, located in Japan, they boast a "Moist texture" which.....

Castile-La Mancha accounts for over 60% of Spanish onion production
In 2016, the acreage planted with onions in Spain stood at 24,000 hectares, which will yield a final production that will exceed 1,311,490 tonnes. The region of Castile-La Mancha, which is the country's main onion producer and one of the most important in Europe, has almost 11,000 hectares this year with a.....

Henk van den Berg, LP Kranenburg:
“Expensive potatoes a restraint on exports”
Which direction will the potato market take? According to Henk van den Berg, from potato wholesaler’s LP Kranenburg, it is difficult to say just now. “The market is slow and expensive. Chip potatoes find their way, and factories will make sure they have and keep sufficient amounts of potatoes, but this.....

5.22Mt estimated potato production for Great Britain
AHDB potatoes' estimate of total production for 2016 in Great Britain is 5.2 million tons, which is down 5% from 2015. This leads to concerns as this is the fourth-smallest potato crop going back to 1960 in Great Britain. Average yields are down as well, down 8% on last year.Reports of greening and growth.....

Pakistan: PSC Technology saving costs on imports
Punjab Seed Corporation (PSC) is the only public sector organisation providing quality seeds to farmers at a low price, and its application of tissue culture technology to develop quality potato seeds at home, saved a hefty cost on imports.In a release listed by the media liaison of the Punjab Agriculture.....

2016: Fewer potatoes from Brandenburg
The potato crop this year in Brandenburg was less this year than last year. In 2015, 322,500 metric tonnes of potatoes were dug up, compared to 317,000 metric tonnes this year, according to the Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office. The weather during the vegetation period had a decisive influence on the.....


New Zealand set for strong onion crop
The warm Hawke’s Bay weather is setting one of New Zealand’s leading onion growers up for a strong crop. Bostock New Zealand Director, David Brasell, says that after a cool, wet spring the onions are now responding well and the company is set to meet target dates and volumes for the season.“We have a.....

UK: 2016 potato crop is 4th smallest on record
AHDB Potatoes' first provisional estimate of total production in Great Britain for the 2016 crop year is 5.22 million tonnes, down 5% from 2015. Average potato yields for GB are estimated at just under 45 tonnes/ha, down 8% on last year. The planted area estimate for 2016 is at just over 116,000ha, up 4% on.....

Jan van der Ben, G. Sevenhuysen:
“Fears for the second half of onion season”
Although large volumes of onions have been exported in recent weeks, Jan van der Ben, from G. Sevenhuysen, has his heart in his mouth for the second half of the season. “Africa has been a large buyer, but there are rumours that Senegal will limit imports earlier this season, to protect local production. I do.....

Philippines: Onion farmers to sell direct to major retailers
On November 25, five of the Philippine's biggest supermarket chains committed to buy direct from the country's onion and garlic farmers. The move marks the start of the struggle to dismantle the cartels controlling these important commodities in the country.SM, Rustan's, Mindanao-based NCCC Mall, ShopWise.....

Tong to present latest range at machinery show LAMMA
Tong Engineering is once again exhibiting at the UK’s largest farm machinery show LAMMA, to present its latest range of equipment for 2017, on stand R37. Further to advancements in the company’s Auto-Touch HMI controls, which have seen the introduction of Pro-Series control features including safety,.....


North Dakota supplies affected by storm damage
Limited supplies of yellow, red and white potatoes
“When it comes to russet potatoes, product is moving and the market has recently been stable on their pricing,” says Ken Gad of South Easton, MA-based Cambridge Farms Inc.However when it comes to other variety of quality potatoes—think yellows, reds and whites for example—supplies haven’t been as ample. “We.....


Warnez introduces packaging in ‘grab & go’ category
New transparent upright packaging for potatoes
“The trend for smaller packaging has been happening for a while. We always want to help our customers find new solutions. In order to catch the eye and be distinctive in this specific segment on the potato shelves, the choice was made to use an upright bag this time. This is being used more and more often.....

Worldwide exclusive sales agreement signed for potato defect cutter
Dutch industrial equipment manufacturer Optiserve has granted worldwide exclusivity to FAM - European market leader in industrial cutting solutions - for the sale of its Glide defect cutter.The Glide is a unit that automatically cuts defects from raw potato strips destined for the production of french fries......

Yield increase in (seed) potatoes with Restrain ethylene
Ter Brinke BV from Creil, the Netherlands, and Restrain have thought of a unique concept in order to get more stems and tubers on potato plants. This means both seed potato and consumption potato cultivators will receive higher yields with more tubers in the correct sizes. Last year, more than 4,000 hectares.....