Potatoes and Onions

China: Gansu onions damaged by weather

Due to the poor storage conditions and heavy rain in August, the temperature plummeted, and some onions in Gansu Province have been damaged and gone rotten. Due to the expansion of planting areas, the onion market took a downturn in August. When the farmers were not willing sell, the onions were stored…

Vidalia onions look to the future with mechanical planting

Vidalia onions saw good movement this year. “We have finished our season for Vidalias. We try to have a good supply through Labor Day,” says Bob Stafford of the Vidalia Onion Committee in Vidalia, Ga. Vidalias, a sweet onion harvested from mid-April to June, are only grown in Georgia and the product is under the…

Louisiana bans sweet potatoes from NC, SC, and FL

The state of Louisiana has banned the entry of sweet potatoes from the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida effective immediately because of the presence of Guava Root Knot Nematode found in those areas. In a directive sent out to growers in the last week, the Louisiana Department of…

Agriculture Minister to push exports to Philippines

Higher shallot production for Indonesia

This week, Indonesian Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman was witness to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the export of shallots produced in the Tapin…

Onions Australia

Lewis Lydon receives 2018 Reg Miller Award

Lewis Lydon – considered one of the Australian onion industry’s biggest supporters – has been awarded the 2018 Reg Miller Award at the Onions Australia annual conference in Ulverstone. January 2019 marks Lewis’ 30th anniversary in the vegetable seed industry as a plant breeder focused primarily on allium crops. Born…

Harvest organic potatoes completed nationwide

Yield organic of potatoes has not collapsed as much as that of conventional ones

The harvest of organic potatoes is completed nationwide. Individual farms still have some tubers for processing in the ground or were unable to clear them due to the…

India: Onions likely to cost Rs 45 a kg by Diwali on low crop

Onion prices are likely to go up to Rs 40-45/kg (€0.47-0.53) leading up to the Hindu festival of Diwali, what with wholesale prices recording a 50 per cent jump at Lasalgaon…

Mohamed Habib, IFCG:

Egypt - “We aim to export 5,000 tons of sweet potato next year”

International Food and Consumable Goods Egypt (IFCG) aims to invest EGP 100 million (€4.84 mln) to raise vegetable production quality and quantity, especially that of white…

Most of North Carolina's sweet potato crop saved

The effects of Hurricane Florence on the North Carolina sweet potato crop will likely be felt for many months to come. It's more than likely that the true fallout won't be known until we get deep into the storage crop next year. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, growers left the fields to dry out…

Onion Market and Crop Update for October 18, 2018

MARKET Northwest: Dale DeBerry of AllVeg Sales in Boerne, TX, said hi on Oct. 17, telling us he’d returned from an extended roadtrip to the West and Northwest. “I’m buying a…

Spain: Potato campaign coming to an end in Castile-Leon

The potato campaign is coming to an end in Castile-Leon. At this time, wholesale operators are fulfilling their commitments in France and are storing potatoes in chambers for…

Biosecurity New Zealand:

“More potato virus cases suspected”

Two cases of potato mop-top virus have been confirmed in Mid Canterbury, but many more are suspected, Biosecurity New Zealand says. The virus, confirmed in two crops last…

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board review

UK potato farmers feel effects of variable weather

Sara Maslowski, senior analyst at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) for potatoes, has been reviewing how this year’s weather conditions have affected…

Overview European potato market week 41

"Very few transactions on the fresh market"

Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial conservation varieties: Fontane: €25,00 to €27,00/qt; strong market; Challenger: €25,00 to €27,00/qt; strong market; Bintje: €20,00 to €25,00/qt. Great differences in…

Overview Belgian potato sector

Belgium: Potato yield, size and EPS are the lowest in the last 4 harvests

Compared to the average of the last 3 years, all the criteria for the belgian potato harvest (yield, size and EPS) this year are the lowest recorded in the last 4 harvests. On October 03…

VTA:

Test grubbing delivers lower yields than expected

In Mid-September, the Verenigde Telers Akkerbouw or VTA did a test potato grubbing according to a set protocol among its members. This Dutch growers association has been…

Supply and domestic demand mesh well

Potato, onion and carrot market in Lower Austria: Stable market situation

The warehouses of the marketers are filled well enough. However, there is a clear difference between gross and net yield this year. Due to numerous qualitative defects, the…

Klaas Greydanus:

“We’ve never been out of potatoes before”

Prices on the potato market are currently at a fairly high level. “The processing industry is currently driving prices up, that’s our biggest competitor. But we’re not quite ready for these prices yet on the table potato market,” says Klaas Greydanus of the potato company of the same name in Heerenveen,…

Wholesaler Theodor Stadtmann GmbH & Co. KG, Bottrop:

''Hurricane leads to sweet potato harvest problems in the US''

Sweet potatoes are nowadays indispensable in German wholesale and retail. After all, these tubers are on the shelf almost all year round. As of mid-September, overseas products will gradually be supplemented with fresh tubers from Spain, which are usually available until the end of the year. Wholesaler…

Scotland: Guide for potato pest

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board ‘Potatoes’ has launched a new guide to help potato growers test for Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN), a pest that costs the industry more than £25 million…

New record set at 32 cents

Italy: The price of potatoes is increasing

On a European level, there has been a decrease in potato production. Italy registered a 5% drop in their production. Thus, considering the strong demand from industry, the Borsa Patate company from Bologna – coordinated by Luciano Trentini – has set at 32 cents the price of its products. This represents…

Herefordshire, UK

Potatoes turned into crisps in 53 minutes

In just 53 minutes, potatoes from a field in Herefordshire were turned into a bag of popular crisps and were put up for sale on the shelves. Tyrrells is the premium hand-cooked crisp makers, based near Leominster, and they pride themselves on maintaining their local provenance. So as a dare, they wanted to see…

‘Landlord, two pints and a packet of Brussels sprouts crisps!’

Walkers launches Brussels sprouts flavoured crisps

Walkers is about to launch three new types of crisps and one of them will divide the country like never before. There will soon be… Brussels sprouts flavoured crisps on the market. Yes, Brussels sprout flavour crisps are bang in the middle of the Walkers festive display triptych of new novelty flavours, set to…

Wisconsin potato grower introduces Harvest Delites brand

Alsum Farms & Produce Inc. will introduce their latest brand, Harvest Delites, at the PMA Fresh Summit on October 18 - 20, 2018 in Orlando. Stop by Alsum Farms &…

Durian potato chips appearing in China

Food brand Lay’s has recently joined the trend of combining durians with all kinds of things, with their durian-flavored potato chips, which are now available in China. The snack food company introduced the limited edition item last month with the name “Little Durian Monster, characterized by a cartoon-like face printed…

Potato virus no threat to New Zealand chip supply

The potato mop-top virus was discovered in potatoes grown on two Canterbury properties last month. In an update to industry stakeholders this week, Potatoes New Zealand (PNZ)…

US: North Carolina farmers fear impact on sweet potato crop

According to the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, this state produces the most sweet potatoes in US. It will provide nearly 60 percent of the nation's supply, and there…

Short clip:

Toiling to make the perfect chip

There’s a lot blood, sweat and tears going into the production of Lay’s potato chips. A blog from fritolay.com  recently followed one of the most experienced potato experts, Stephen Chahanovich, from the Killingly, Connecticut plant. The goals was to get a glimpse into a day in his life both inside and outside of Frito-Lay. Using a documentary-style approach, this video…

Colorado potato harvest approaching end

Some parts of Colorado will be wrapping up their potato harvest this week. Strohauer Farms, located in La Salle, are one of just a handful of growers in the northern part of Colorado, away from the significant San Luis Valley. Because of its location, the company is able to begin harvest earlier than…

Baby potato supplier to undergo full re-brand

Tasteful Selections, in partnership with RPE Inc., has announced a comprehensive rebrand of its full line of bite-size potatoes to better align its market-leading position…

Tearless onions about to start second season

Sunions, the tearless sweet onion, returns this fall for another season. The product was developed after three decades of research, development and hybridization by Nunhems…

Russia: Agrofirma KRiMM sends first potato exports to Azerbaijan

Agrofirma KRiMM LLC, one of the largest agricultural enterprises in Russia’s Tyumen region, has shipped the first batch of potatoes this year to Azerbaijan. According to…

Czech Republic: Potato prices will double

This year’s potato harvest is expected to be one of the poorest in decades. Due to the prolonged period of drought, the total potato harvest this season will be around 20…

Gerard Hoekman, Mulder Onions:

“Due to high onion prices, Far East mostly off the market and export to Africa also calmer”

According to Gerard Hoekman of Mulder Onions, the onion market is relatively calm. “High prices affect demand, which is normal. It was to be expected that onions would be in storage now and that growers would pressure us a bit more, and that is driving prices up. Because of this, it’s becoming more…

UK potato harvesting sees patchy progress

In some areas, last weekend, rainfall gave a boost to potato lifting. Unfortunately, this had seen delays for various reasons including bruising risk, delayed skin set and a…

Turkey: Harvest season for potato and its market price

The potato harvest has started in Sivas, located in central Turkey. Sivas is known for its potato production and comes second after Konya according to 2017 figures. Current production estimates are around 60,000 tons of potatoes and 30,000 seed potatoes. In addition to the standard varieties, there are also 7…

China: Ningxi "hometown of potatoes" welcomes harvest season

Guyuan City in Xiji County, Ningxia, is known as the "hometown of potatoes". The city welcomed the new potato harvest season this October. The combined surface area devoted to potato plantation in Xiji County reached 54 thousand hectares this year. The industry has developed over the years to become an…

Imports tend to be lower

Brazil: High national onion supply depresses domestic market prices

“We have a very large onion harvest in Brazil, depressing  prices on the domestic market. The only states affected are São Paulo, Goiás and Minas Gerais states. Santa Catarina on…

Turkey: Onion sale price at the grower is 0.12 USD per kg

The onion sale price in Eskisehir is around 0.12 USD per kg and growers are insisting that the price will not drop any lower than that. 80 % of the people in Tepebasi town of…

Turkey: Increasing production costs leaves onion growers in a bind

Onion growers in Turkey are suffering from increasing production costs from one side and the pressure to keep the prices at the same level from the market side. High onion prices was an important item in Turkish public agenda during June and consumers were extremely frustrated with the high price of such a staple…

Overview European potato market week 40

Great Britain: "Still has old 2017 harvest left on the fresh market"

Belgium  Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial conservation varieties: Fontane: €25,00 to €27,00/qt; strong market, with little supply relative to an active demand;Challenger: €25,00 to €27,00/qt; strong market. Bintje:…

Poland: Significant drop of onion imports in first half of 2018

In the first half of this year, Poland recorded a significant reduction in the volume of onion imports, according to EastFruit experts, citing updated data from the Central…

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Canadians ‘Think Pink’ when purchasing onions this fall

With breast cancer accounting for 25 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in Canadian females and 1 in 8 women predicted to develop the disease in their lifetime, this fall, a Western Canadian produce grower, shipper, packer Thomas Fresh, will be highlighting this important cause in the produce section of…

Ulster Bank £10 note design to feature John Clarke’s Ulster Glade potato

Not everyone will know who John Clarke is, but soon people will be confronted with his potatoes whenever they go shopping. His impact on the world of potatoes is to be celebrated in Ulster Bank's new bank note designs. Clarke, who died in 1980, was respected by contemporaries and specialists alike, with experts from…

Italy: Good campaign for sweet potatoes

The sweet potato season is going well in Puglia, and the product is increasingly popular in Italian markets and supermarkets, although consumers still don't really know how to use it. "Quality is increasing year after year. Yields are satisfactory despite the cold summer," explains a producer. "Evening temperatures dropped to as little as 20°C, but…

AU: Growers hopeful an ease in sweet potato prices is on the way

A Queensland sweet potato grower is hoping that low prices due to an oversupply of the gold variety will improve over the next few months. Windhum Farms, which is owned by Linda and Darren Zunker, says there has been a number of contributing factors to the glut in supply; It has been a "fantastic" growing season, with…

KWS and J.R. Simplot Company establish joint venture for hybrid potato breeding

KWS SAAT SE and the J.R. Simplot Company have founded a new joint venture company Aardevo B.V., to deliver top performing potato varieties through hybrid breeding. The JV…

Ireland: Louth farmer started selling potatoes through a vending machine

A potato farmer in county Louth has come up with a unique way of competing with supermarkets. Gerry Finnegan was fed up with the large profits stores were making from his…

Nigeria: The world’s second largest producer of sweet potatoes

Nigeria is the world’s second largest producer of sweet potatoes. Its annual output is 3.92 million tons. However, production is 44% below the potential capacity of 7 million tons. This suggests an opportunity to boost domestic production and improve efforts to diversify the export base. Source: proshareng.com

Paraguay suspends onion imports because it has a high national production

Since the country is expected to produce 48,000 bags of onions this week, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) suspended the granting of Phytosanitary Import…

USDA GAIN Report

Canadian Potatoes and Potato Products Annual 2018

Ottawa forecasts a one percent decline in total potato production for marketing year 2018/19, following a challenging growing year for potato growers across Canada due to high…

North Carolina sweet potato grower eyes Middle East & Europe expansion

North Carolina-based Farm Fresh Produce is targeting export expansion in the Middle East and Europe through its participation in this year’s Fruit Attraction trade exhibition, which takes place in Madrid, Spain from 23-25 October. As well as exporting to 20 European countries from its Rotterdam facility,…

“Europe is pushing us to start harvesting our spring onions”

In Egypt the spring onion season is just about to start, with the first harvests coming up in about 10 days. The season will be filled with activity, according to Khaled Shaker from Green Egypt. Europe’s onions are struggling due to the hot summer, but like Ukraine, Egypt is ready to step in. Although the harvest of…

Italy: Choosing potato varieties with fewer acrylamide problems

Sicural can classify potatoes not only based on their texture and flavor, but also according to their potential acrylamide development after cooking so the most suitable varieties for processing can be identified.  This service is increasingly popular with producers, processing plants and varietal research…

Russia: Onions become 12% cheaper in a week

Onion prices in the Russian market have fallen by 12% on average in a week, as revealed by the daily monitoring of the APK-Inform: Fruits and Vegetables project. At the same…

Christian Bausch, Rainer Bausch GmbH in Lich Langsdorf:

"If we are unlucky, there will be too many potatoes next year"

The main harvest of potatoes and onions is currently in full swing, reports Christian Bausch, Managing Director of Rainer Bausch GmbH in Lich Langsdorf. Although yields will be smaller this year, he wants to wait until the harvest is complete: "We have around 30% less potatoes, both potatoes and onions…

Turkey: Difficult time for potato growers

Potato price was a major point of discussion in June when the price of one kg of potato went up as high as 1.25 USD. However with the start of harvest in many production areas, the prices dropped to a reasonable level. Nevertheless neither the growers nor the consumers are satisfied. Due to increasing production costs related…

900,000 tons of potatoes harvested in Azerbaijan

This year, Azerbaijan produced 900,000 tons of potatoes. This was announced by the Minister of Agriculture of the country Inam Karimov, adding that this volume twice covers…

USDA GAIN Report

Morocco: Phytosanitary control & technical regulations for seed potatoes

The United States Department of Agriculture has released two GAIN reports on Morocco phytosanitary control and technical regulations on production, testing, packaging and…

India: Pepsi potato chips factory to be built in Odisha

Soft drink major player Pepsi is planning to establish its potato chips unit in Koraput, supporting the initiative of the Odisha government to produce a new variety of potato.…

Mike de Koster, WDP Onions:

“This situation is new to the onion trade”

The onion trade has been running smoothly recently. “It’s a bit calmer at the moment, but it’s not the worst thing in the world, as we’ve been twice as busy recently catching up on the harvest,” says Mike de Koster of WDP Onions from Kwadendamme. He talks of an extreme onion year. “This is new for…

Colruyt expands direct partnership with Belgian potato farmers

Since 18 September, Colruyt and OKay customers were able to find potatoes that resulted from a close partnership between the Colruyt Group and 16 local farmers. This concerns 5kg bags of Boni Selection Friet (Fries) and Everyday Zachtkokend (Soft-boiling) potatoes. This new potato harvest is the…

China: Potato prices stable as autumn harvests enter the market

Many potato production areas suffered from poor weather conditions that affected the product quality of potatoes, and prices dropped as a result. The reduced production…

Potato shortage in Cyprus leads to soaring prices

Some serious shortages in the supply of locally produced potatoes have led to soaring prices and to an increased dependence on equally expensive imports. “The months of September and October…

Small potatoes causing problems for McDonald’s this year

As a result of the dry weather, potatoes are smaller than usual this year. Because of the small-sized potatoes, fries will also be shorter this year. This is problematic for…

Overview European potato market week 38

France: "Discussions on contract specifications continue"

Belgium   Fiwap/PCA market message:   Industrial conservation varieties: Bintje: €25,00/qt, a weak and evolving market. Quality problems (EPS, being loose, size, roast) grew rapidly this week. Supply increases relative to lower demand (fewer industrial buyers); Fontane: €25,00 to €27,00/qt;…

Luc Deroulers, Eurocelp:

"The UK will import more potatoes"

Potato yields in Europe are low in general, but some regions of production in France are doing well, thanks to irrigation. Luc Deroulers, Eurocelp: "When irrigated, the yields can be good, but because of the very average tuberization, the sizes vary from big to very big. We also observed unusual rust…

Francisco Moya, Négonor

France: "Processing industry is sourcing potatoes on the fresh market"

This is an exceptional year for the potato market. The heat wave in Europe has had a big impact on yields. According to Francisco Moya of Négonor, the deficit in the European market is felt directly in France. "In particular processors have a deficit of products, including the products they have planned in contractualization.…

Potato virus: New Zealand government and industry on the case

Biosecurity New Zealand is investigating how potato mop-top virus (PMTV) could have entered the country. The agency was working with Potatoes New Zealand after the crop…

4 and 12 December 2018

P4 ‘Onions and garlic’ module on location at Wiskerke Onions

From 4 December this year, AQS Nederland BV will offer the P4 module, 'Onions and garlic'. It will form part of the Fresh fruit and vegetable inspector training course. Participants will not only learn all there is to know about the cultivation, harvesting, storage conditions, and quality of (Dutch)…

"Only Dutch onions go to all corners of the earth year-round"

Approximately 95% of the Dutch onion harvest is destined to be exported. Last year, more than 1.1 million tons of onions were sent to 130 countries. The onion has, therefore, proved itself to be a real globetrotter. It is sold all over the world. This is because only the Netherlands has the means and…

Russian Ministry of Agriculture:

‘Harvest of potatoes in Moscow region has grown by 37%’

The gross harvest of potatoes in the Moscow region has increased by 37% year-on-year. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian…

Ukraine: Onion prices on the rise

Onion prices in Ukraine continue to grow gradually, which is completely atypical for the peak harvesting period, according to analysts of the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable…

Satellites safeguard Europe's potato industry

The drought that swept through Europe this year has hit European farmers hard. Sustained high temperatures and the lack of rain have badly affected the agrofood industry, including the important potato sector. Europe has the highest level of potato consumption in the world at almost 90 kg per capita per year, and…

Maine potato farmers at play in the competitive world market

Back in the 1940s, Maine was the country's top potato producer. In 2017, the state ranked 10th nationally in potato production, far behind states like Idaho and Washington.…

Beauce Champagne Oignon

France: Onion producers invest in ultra modern factory

The onion is one of the top 5 most consumed vegetables in France. A cooperative of 55 producers, the BCO (Beauce Champagne Oignon), has just invested in an ultra modern…

Washington potatoes in ample supply

With potato harvest underway, one Canadian food company is finding no trouble sourcing product. “We use U.S. potatoes from Washington and the supply is excellent. Right now is harvest so there’s an abundance of potatoes,” says Lisa Wood of The Greengrocer Inc. in Mississauga, Ont. “We buy potatoes as our customers need them, so…

CHINA: Rising hopes for potato market in the second half of the year

From late June to mid-July, the potato market was in peak production  and the price of agricultural products in many areas was dragged down to around 0.40 yuan per kg. Now, although…

Highland farmers in Kenya to get new potato varieties

Researchers plan to release five new cold-tolerant sweet potato varieties that grow well in cool highlands.  Agriculture Permanent Secretary Hamadi Boya on Monday said the dairy…

Manila Port

Philippines customs intercept ₱16 million worth of smuggled onions

Last Friday, the Bureau of Customs captured ₱16 million (€250.000) worth of red onions smuggled from China. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said the shipment of ASD Total Package Enterprises Inc. was intercepted at the port on the suspicion that it contained mis-declared agricultural products. The eight containers from ASD were…

Sweden’s fries could get shorter after hot summer

French fries in Sweden could be about to get shorter, as the hot summer resulted in poor harvests all across Europe. Chips could become over a centimetre shorter as a result…

Ljubuski, Bosnia and Herzegovina:

‘All preconditions for potatoes export to EU market fulfilled’

The director of Agricultural cooperative “Plodovi zemlje”, Dubravko Vukojevic, said that all the preconditions and permissions for export of potatoes from Ljubuski to EU countries were provided. In addition to that, customers from Russia are interested in their potatoes as well. “Between 7,000 and 8,000 tons of…

Potato prices soar in Spain

Potato prices in Spain have skyrocketed due to the drought and subsequent rains in Europe. On Wednesday, September 18, potato prices at the Market of Leon ranged between € 210.00 / ton and € 280.00 /…

TAAT sweet potato compact launched in Accra

The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), has launched its sweet potato compact in Ghana. Its aim is to reach out to two large and five small scale…

USDA report

US potatoes - 2017 Summary

All US potato production in 2017 totaled 442 million cwt, up slightly from the 2016 crop. The harvested area, at 1.02 million acres, was up 1 percent from 2016. The average yield of 431 cwt per acre was down 2 cwt from the previous year. Spring potato final production for 2017 totaled 19.8 million cwt, 30 percent above the previous year. Harvested…

Overview European potato market week 38

"Potato markets supported by confirmation of low yields throughout Western Europe"

Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial conservation varieties: Bintje: €25,00 to €27,00/qt; most common price €25,00/qt; stable market. Supply increases due to increasing quality problems (EPS, being loose,…

US: Truck with no brakes spills onions near Paterson

An onion truck with faulty brakes spilled its contents at an intersection near Paterson, Washington. State troopers reported that no one was injured. According to a tweet from Trooper Chris Thorson, the onions spilled from the truck at the intersection of 221 and State Route 14, on Monday morning. Thorson said the truck was posing…

Orange Sweet Potato

Uganda: Sweet potato porridge hits supermarket shelves

A highly nutritious orange sweet potato flour, rich in Vitamin A, has hit the Ugandan supermarket shelves. Carol Komujuni, a local entrepreneur at the Kira-based Namugongo Millers Ltd is the brain behind the multipurpose flour. She came up with at least three by-products: OSP flour; which is multipurpose pure orange…

International potato sales highest ever for the United States

According to a press release issued by Potatoes USA, the value of total U.S. exports of potatoes and potato products increased by 2.37% for the July 2017 – June 2018 marketing…

Prince de Bretagne:

France: "Surfaces planted with traditional shallots in decline"

"After a catastrophic 2017/2018 season for French shallot producers during which the price was barely ¼ of the production cost, planted areas were unsurprisingly down this year," said Prince de Bretagne.   "In addition, with the atypical weather conditions experienced in Brittany this year, shallot yields are, on average, down. The situation differs…

Norddeutsche Kartoffelmsse attracts more than 10,000 visitors from around 60 countries

Potato Europe 2018: Focus on seeds, machinery and storage technology

Potato Europe 2018 once again established itself as a major meeting place for the international potato industry. With around 10,000 visitors from over 60 countries, at the end of the second day of the fair the organization of the specialist event at Bockerode Estate (Northern Germany) can look back on a…

Turkey: Potato harvest kicks off harvest in Bolu

The Bolu Grocery Stores and Retailers Association Chairman, Mustafa Altindal: “Turkey has undergone a major crisis in potatoes and onions where prices had skyrocketed a few months ago to 1.25 USD per kg. Now with the harvest season under way, the prices are coming back to normal.  Currently, the price of potatoes at the…

Overview European potato market week 37

"France and Belgium are positioning themselves on dual-use varieties"

Belgium   Fiwap/PCA market message: Early industrial varieties: Non data. End of season. Industrial conservation varieties: Bintje: €25.00 to €27.00/qt ; most common price at €25.00/qt; sustained market; Fontane: €25.00 to…

National Agriculture co-operative Marketing Federation

India: Nafed to begin disposal of 13k tons of buffer onion stock

The National Agriculture co-operative Marketing Federation of India (Nafed), which procured onions from Lasalgaon and other wholesale markets in the state over the past four…

Turkey: High productivity for potato harvest in Bitlis

High productivity is expected from 50 million square feet of potato production areas in Ahlat, Bitlis, a city located in southeastern Turkey.  14 potato growers have been operating in the area and the productivity is expected to be higher than the previous year.  7 % of Turkey’s potato seed production takes places…

Turkey: Onion harvest has started in Bandirma

Onion production has only a 2 year history in Bandirma, Balikesir, a city located in northwestern Turkey. The production fields are around 15 million square feet.  The production has been spread throughout the season with early harvest, in-season and late harvest products to ensure that the growers do not…

Germany faces potato shortage after record hot, dry summer

This week, the German Farming Society (DLG) warned that the nation faces a severe potato shortage as a consequence of unusually hot and dry weather this summer, "We are expecting one of the smallest potato harvests of all time in Germany", said Martin Umhau, a member of the DLG supervisory board.…

Overview European potato market week 36

"Calmer atmosphere on the Dutch markets"

Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Early industrial varieties: General price, 35 mm+, min 60% 50 mm+, min 360 g/5kg of EPS, bulk, friable, selling price, excluding VAT, direct…

Eric Moerdijk, Monie:

"Luckily we made some headway with bale prices"

"If onion exports go the same way they did last year, we will have a quiet second half. Last year, 70.000 tons were sent out before Christmas. Now, yields are even worse than expected. We, therefore, expect to not have more than 750.000 tons of product available", says Eric Moerdijk. He works at Monie,…

Agriculture Minister:

Potato production in Azerbaijan - double the country's demand

Azerbaijan’s potato production is enough to satisfy the country’s demand twice over, Azerbaijan's Agriculture Minister Inam Karimov told reporters in Baku on September 12th. About 900,000 tons of potatoes were produced this year in Azerbaijan. Karimov also commented on the recent increase in customs…

Record export volume for Holland Onions

The export season of 2017/2018 ended after week 26 with impressive export figures. A staggering 1.153.267 (metric) tons of Holland Onions had crossed our borders by then. An absolute record with an increase of more than 10%. And this growth is in line with the growth in export destinations. This season…

Canada: Potato crop on Prince Edward Island in need of rain

This year, Prince Edward Island’s potato crop is struggling. “It’s been relatively dry, and since August we’ve had spotty rainfalls across the province and above normal…

US senator wants to probe alleged Canadian potato dumping

A US senator has asked his government to investigate allegations by American farmers that Canadians are illegally dumping potatoes into their market, potentially opening a new…

Imports to boost Philippine onion supply by September 19

The supply of onions is expected to increase by September 19; two weeks after the Bureau of Customs announced the lifting of the special safeguard measures on imports, said…

Turkey: Onion growers in Pamukova hopeful about the future

Onion growers in Osmaeli, Bilecik, a city located in northwestern Turkey remarked that this has been a very productive season for them. The harvest season just started a few weeks ago and the growers are hopeful about the products they have received so far. Harvested products were planted in January and…

Unfair Canadian trade practices blamed for growth of potato imports into US

Potato imports to the US continue to rise. That’s according to numbers from Trade Stats Northwest. The largest source of fresh imports continues to be Canada. Growers in the…

China: Overall price increase for onions

The retail price of onions in the Wanbang Market showed an overall increasing trend last week. The average price last week was 1.2 yuan [0.17 USD] per kg, while the average…

A strong start to the season is followed by a weak finish

Potato harvest 2018 remains far below expectations

This year, decision-makers from the Austrian potato industry again gathered in Roseldorf/Lower Austria at the end of August to discuss the state of the national and…

Turkey: Growers in Manisa satisfied with potato prices

The potato harvest has started in Demirci ,Manisa, a city located in western Turkey. Potato production was started as an alternative product and the price level has been so far satisfactory for the growers. Currently potato prices at the grower are around 0.10 USD per kg, which represents a 15 % increase…

Sweet potato to be named after Kofi Annan

The Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research will be naming a sweet potato after the late UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. Sweet potato…

Paco González, of Intersemillas:

"It is important to start with attractive early onions with a good shelf life"

In late September, the planting season for short-day onions will start in the early producing areas of Andalusia. Producers tend to look for varieties that offer high yields, that resist diseases such as mildew and which have a good shelf life and colored fruits with rounded shapes. This was explained by…

Canadian prairie potatoes not expected to hit record yields again

The Western Canadian potato acreage may have increased this year, but it doesn’t look like it will be the same story for the yields. Dan Sawatzky, manager of Keystone Potato…

Pricier fish and chips in UK due to 2018 heat wave

It’s shaping up to be quite a bad year for potato lovers. The record-breaking heatwave and lack of rain across Europe has hurt potato crops, with prices tripling in the UK in…

Red peel Macarena potato is particularly well suited to export markets

Breeder Niehoff presents new, high-yielding food at Potato Europe

Breeding Company K.-H. Nütoff from Bütow will present a brand new, interesting potato variety at the upcoming Potato Europe in Bockerode. The potato is marketed under the name Macarena and was created for the food and export market. The medium-early potato (ready for harvest from mid-August) was newly…

Market conditions expected to polarize

China: Record volume of stored garlic

The season when garlic is entered into storage is over, and although the nationwide statistics are not yet in, the garlic storage volume in Jinxiang already exceeds 2 million…

Philippines: Farmers oppose onion imports

Onion farmers in the provinces of Pangasinan and Nueva Ecija are opposing the proposed suspension of the special safeguard (SSG) duty imposed on onions. They claim it would mean huge losses for them and may lead to the demise of the onion industry. On August 23, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said…

Organic growers happy with decision to start their own packing station

Not many new packing stations have been founded in recent years, yet Wouter Snippe and Thijs Geerse from organic outdoor vegetable company WeGrowOrganic from Zeewolde, the Netherlands, took this step two years ago. “We thought it was important to have the entire supply chain in-house. We grow, pack and…

India shallot prices come down in Dindigul wholesale market

With a steep rise in supply and an absence of exports, the price of shallot crashed in the wholesale market of Dindigul on Wednesday. The onions are famous and have a huge…

Heike Valcke, potato wholesaler Valcke

"Early potatoes all went to industry"

"September will be the moment of truth. My growers haven't harvested yet so we don't know for sure what the situation will be like. They are now slowly starting to harvest their produce," says Heike Valcke of potato wholesaler Valcke. "We know that there is sprouting in some parties and we haven't…

Europe and UK:

Heatwave expected to play havoc with size and variety of potato chips

Snack and potato producer associations have warned British and European consumers to expect smaller potato chips this year. The extraordinary dry and hot weather that gripped…

Finnish potato crisis at hand

This year, an estimated 15 to 40% fewer Finnish potatoes will be harvested. The Finnish  Åland islands are one of the regions that will be hard hit in this respect. "The situation is very unsettling",…

Cleaned potatoes for far-off destinations

Exporting cleaned potatoes to far-off destinations is a risky business. The quality of the potatoes can decline because of the long transport times. However, demand for cleaned potatoes is rising globally, and various countries have strict requirements regarding tare. With their experience in cleaning…

"Many overseas garlic importers wait for the right conditions"

The period when purchasing traders stock their storage with fresh garlic is almost over. FreshPlaza recently talked to a Chinese garlic exporter about the garlic market conditions. He stated that the market continued in the same depressed fashion as the previous two years. It is difficult to say whether…

Onno Muilwijk:

“Air fryer trend turned out well for us”

The quality of oven fries left quite a bit to be desired, according to Onno Muilwijk of Sharefoods a few years ago. A shame, because he also saw demand for the product. Since 2015, he’s been trying to market the Beyerlander fries with his father Bram and brother Henrico. These fries are made from Dutch…

Azerbaijan: Seasonal customs duties on potato imports

Until October 31, 2018, the rate of customs tariffs on potato imports into Azerbaijan will account for 30 percent of its customs value, says the Cabinet of Ministers of…

New insights important for breakthrough

Computer models provide new insights for sustainable control of potato late blight

Wageningen University & Research uses computer models to develop sustainable management strategies in the control of potato late blight, caused by Phytophthora infestans.…

Kees Schouten, Altena potato wholesalers:

"These potato prices will make it harder to get top export sales"

The trade in potatoes is not a complete disappointment. This is according to Kees Schouten of the Dutch potato wholesale company, Altena. "During the holidays, it did become quieter. Now, however, we are getting a little more export demand, especially from West Africa. All in all, we have a fair amount…

Bio Kartoffel Erzeuger e.V.

Organic potatoes - 100 days of extreme dry weather

An earlier than usual harvest of organic potatoes started nationwide two weeks ago. The fields in the new potato areas, such as the Palatinate and the Niederrhein are largely…


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