Potatoes and Onions


Electronic clod separator started successfully at Nedato
Nedato, the cooperative of Dutch potato growers, supplies potatoes to clients all over the world. In the course of its existence, more than 50 years now, Nedato has worked on improving the supplied potato quality.Quality is in Nedato’s genes, from quality determination at growers and according payment, to.....

Potatoes week 1, 2016
Availability sometimes too high
The market is well supplied with potatoes. The demand decreased to the usual level after the holidays, after having increased during the Christmas period. And since the supply and sales are quite evenly balanced, the prices remained mostly at the same levels.Average price of German potatoesSource: BLEThe.....

Potatoes remain a cost-effective vegetable for Canadians
In recent weeks, there have been several news stories mentioning the highest cost of vegetables and fruits in the national media. The softening Canadian dollar has in many cases driven up the cost of imported produce, and this is being reflected in grocery store prices. However, one staple vegetable that has.....

UK "Onion trade will go from feast to famine"
The spot price for onions in the UK is above average but not particularly strong at the moment.According to Colin Galbraith from Moorhouse and Mohan, this is because, “At this time the main preoccupation with onions are those which are not in temperature controlled stores. There are also set onions which.....


AU: Onion imports continue to affect local market
Onion growers in Australia are dealing with lower returns as competition from imported onions continues to stir up the market.Onions Australia Chairman and grower Kees Versteeg says 2016 is the fourth consecutive year local growers have had to struggle against import competition despite strong yields and.....


Dutch organic cooperative launches Pommily potatoes
Recently a Dutch cooperative of certified organic growers launched Pommily. Pommily are organic potatoes rooted in clay and grown and packed on the Pommily Organic farm. The growers observed that consumers are becoming more aware of what they are eating, have more respect for nature and increasingly need.....

Late blight warning for Aussie potato growers
Dr David Cooke, an expert on late blight at the James Hutton Institute in Scotland, tested nearly 100 Australian samples provided by Dr Dorf de Boer of the Victorian Government Sector for AgribioSciences and found no new aggressive strains of late blight had spread globally in the past 30 years. According to.....

Peru: Sweet onion season comes to an end
The Peruvian sweet onion season is coming to an end, and despite the impact of El Niño, it has been satisfactory for the producer KeyPerú. "It's been a good season. We didn't achieve the yield we expected, but the quality is excellent," explains Miguel Ognio, of KeyPerú. "The climatic conditions have been.....

Indian onion growers advised on disease prevention
Indian onion growers are being advised to take steps against diseases attacking their crop due to adverse weather conditions, which increase the likeliness of fungal or bacterial diseases. Deputy Director of Horticulture Ravindra Hakati said on Thursday 14 January that, diseases are common due to bad.....

Punjab expects record 3.7m ton potato crop
Punjab grows 90 percent of Pakistan's potato crop and this season a bumper yield of 3.71 million tons is expected. According to an official of Ministry of National Food Security and Research (NFSR), this can fetch a record foreign exchange.The provincial production breakup is expected to be as follows: 3,550.....


Increase in exports to third countries
Small calibres, low stocks and high prices for Spanish onions
At this time, the market has low stocks of onions, good demand and lower supply available due to the heat waves and storms registered last spring. The significant shortage of large calibres has led to prices climbing to high levels and these are expected to remain stable until the end of the.....

J.R. Simplot:
Innate® second generation potato cleared by FDA
J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate® potatoes have been cleared by the FDA. These Innate potatoes contain four benefits of relevance to potato growers, processors and consumers: reducedbruising and black spots; reduced asparagine; resistance to late blight pathogens; and enhanced cold.....

Chinese university opens 'potato college'
The Yunnan Normal University in southwest China's Yunnan Province, announced on Wednesday 13 January that it would establish a department dedicated to potato studies. Yunnan Normal University begun potato research in the 1970s and has since led the field within the province.The university held a meeting on a.....


Large storage for crisp potatoes in the cold north of China
The firm Hengwei was founded in 1998 in Zhenjiang, China. They are one of the biggest suppliers with a modern logistic concept in the east of China. In 2011 Henwei decided to realise a storage for 20,000 tonnes of crisp potatoes in Chifeng city. This place is located in the cold north of China close to the.....

Mozambique veg production 9% growth forecasted
Official forecasts for the output of the agriculture sector in Mozambique have been published by a Mozambican daily newspaper; according to their source, agricultural output is expected to register growth of 6.5 percent, a slight increase of 60 basis points from the rate of 5.9 percent expected for 2015......

Allegations of foreign onions sold as Australian
There could be bad news for Australian retailers Coles and Woolworths; both retailers made pledges in 2012 to only sell home-grown onions, but now there are claims that some growers have been passing off foreign onions as Australian, before selling them on to the retailers and other customers.Industry body.....

Colombian sweet potatoes to Europe
“We are positive that there is room in the market for sweet potatoes from Colombia” starts Boy Stuijfzand, Chief Operational Officer at Fairtrasa International. Fairtrasa is in the last stage of a new project with Fairtrasa Colombia. From March/April onwards sweet potatoes will be.....

Peru: Sol to develop potato varieties
The National Agricultural Innovation Program (NAIP), the National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA) and the International Potato Centre (CIP) have signed four agreements on the basis of the competitive funds available for strategic research with the goal of obtaining technical knowledge for the.....

350,000 tonnes expected
India: Odisha to become self-sufficient in potato production
In Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, the state government is aiming to produce350,000 tonnes of potato this rabi season, under the potato mission launched last year to make Odisha self-sufficient in tuber production. The government plans to spend 2.67 billion Rs through the mission till 2023-24 with an aim to.....

China: Cooperation to manufacture Lorain brand potato products
American Lorain Corporation,an international processed snack foods, convenience foods, and frozen foods company based in Shandong Province, China, announced on January 11 the cooperation with TaiMei Potato Industry Ltd., acquired by the world's leading potato products supplier Lamb Weston in 2014.Both of the.....

UK: AHDB project on potato nematology
A three year project, seeking to secure critical potato nematology expertise for the future and aiming to ensure continuity of scientific skills for the industry,is being led by Dr Jon Pickup, Head of Virology & Zoology at Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA).One of three AHDB Potato.....

Venezuela still expecting arrival of 5,000 tonnes of potato seeds
Potato growers in Mérida, Táchira, Trujillo and part of Lara are still waiting for the arrival to the country of 5,000 tonnes of potato seeds; consequently, they have gathered outside the headquarters of the Centre of Foreign Trade (Corpovex), hoping to hand its president, Rocco Albisinni, an urgent request.....

P.E.I. Potato Board holds disinfection workshops
Workshops on cleaning and disinfection in relation to the handling and transportation of potatoes are being held by the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, which is hitting the road with a series of five workshops over the next week and a half.Scheduled presenters are David MacSwain and Dr. Solke DeBoer who.....


Bright market US sweet potatoes
As Spain, Egypt and Israel are emptying their volumes, the market is firming regarding prices every day, explains Steven Ceccarelli from Farm Fresh Produce. The company, based in North Carolina, supplies sweet potatoes year round. “As a company we are always striving for better and more innovative ways to.....

Solve storage problems
India: Potato dehydration tech to help reduce losses
A Hyderabad-based company 'Sunripe', is to promote the dehydration of potato, which is said to solve problems with storage and help farmers by preventing a glut of potatoes on the market. This will subsequently reduce the high post-harvest losses, which currently stand at around 16 percent.The Central Potato.....


US: New separator to debut at Potato Expo 2016
The Swiss company Hoegger AG are exhibiting at the 2016 Las Vegas Edition of the Potato Expo for the first time, it will also be the debut of their PS2000 separator for the US customers.The new separator developed by Hoegger ensures better quality and yield when separating hard and/or soft matters of boiled.....

Jordan suspends potato Egyptian imports
Last Wednesday, Jordan decided to suspend the import of potatoes from Egypt due to them allegedly being infected with brown rot, as reported by the official spokesperson of the Ministry of Agriculture of Jordan, Nimer Haddadin. He said in a statement for "New Arab" that Jordan usually adopts such measures in.....

Almost $2 million invested
Financial support Texan specialty crops
The Texan Department of Agriculture will provide $1.8 million in funding for fifteen specialty crop projects across Texas. Distributed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the money will go towards helping promote specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables.....

Sweet potato variety may ease third world vitamin A deficiency
Orange fleshed sweet potato is so rich in carotenoids and β-carotenes it could be used to ease vitamin A deficiency amongst malnourished populations in developing countries, a study says.The finding of this vegetable's properties presents a plant-based approach to address a problem that blights Africa.....


Carl van de Wiel, Agro Centre Holland:
Demand and price for red onions good, quality inconsistent
Carl van de Wiel from Agro Centre Holland says that the market for red onions is developing well, "The prospects look good. There is plenty of demand for the red onions; in fact, demand is coming from all sides. Only demand from England is very disappointing. England is producing more and more of their own.....

New Year's Revolution:
'Egg & Chips' plant from Thompson & Morgan
It may sound like an April-fool joke rather than a New Year's revolution but seed company Thompson & Morgan has launched an Egg & Chips plant to follow the success of its groundbreaking Tomtato.While the Tomtato plant produces potatoes from the roots and tomatoes from the shoots, the Egg & Chips.....

Peru: El Niño affects Arequipa's potato crops
El Niño, which increased the temperature in the region of Arequipa by two degrees, is affecting the agricultural sector as it has lead to the loss of more than 20% of the potato crop in the valley of Tambo and has brought the presence of the Rust plague affecting wheat crops.The head of Agriculture, Mirko.....

US: Onion store levels down nationwide
Strong post-holiday demand and weak growing conditions through 2015 have caused onion store levels to drop steeply compared to last year’s season.John Vlahandreas of Wada Farms, a national produce supplier and marketer based out of Idaho, says that while some Northeast growers saw a slight increase in yields.....

Row crop farmers suffer
US (MS): Sweet potato production increases
Mississippi's state agriculture production value dropped to $7.2 billion, a 4.9 percent decrease from 2014, according to the Mississippi State Agricultural Extension Service. Row crop farmers were hit the most, but there has been good news for sweet potato and peanut farmers.Agricultural Commission Cindy.....


Romain Cools, Belgapom:
Free potato market performing below expectations
Predictions are regularly made for the potato market, and sometimes these predictions end up being incorrect, "This season the share of contracts is larger than many had anticipated," says Romain Cools from Belgapom. "There is no other explanation as to why the Belgian potato processing industry has.....


Bas Poeltuyn, Gourmet:
“Sweet onions vulnerable, but promising”
Sweet onions meet the increasing demand for variety in the kitchen. But import isn’t easy. “A specialty really means that it isn’t sold a lot, but with sweet onions you need a critical turnover rate in all sizes. That’s why every container needs to be gone within a few days, it’s not a storage onion after.....

Low onion demand concerns Ukrainian farmers
Low demand for onions in the Ukraine has been a worry for farmers for over a month; sales have been unsatisfactory and even a pre-New Year lowering of prices didn't manage to stir up the market.According to Fruit-Inform, growers from the southern regions of Ukraine now fix their ex-works prices of onions at.....

Reduce waste at Canadian facility
Govt investment in McCain potato plant
In Carberry, Canada the McCain Foods facility processes about 430 million pounds of Manitoba-grown potatoes a year. The Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn have announced a government investment of nearly $380,000 in the.....

Pakistan: False news on potato import/export duties
In Islamabad, certain middlemen are alleged to have been spreading false news concerning the government imposing duties on the exports of potatoes and plans over importing the commodity. This takes place whilst the fresh crop is being harvested and has caused unrest among growers.Federal Minister for.....

Spain: Drought to especially affect potatoes in the Canary Islands
The Councillor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Canary Islands, Narvay Quintero, has said that while no data is yet available regarding the impact that the drought is having on the Islands' primary sector, the potato subsector will be the most hurt by the lack of rainfall.During a press.....


France 4th place internationally in potato sector
According to FranceAgriMer, in terms of competitiveness, France is 4th place internationally in the potato sector. France can count on it’s strengths in the potato sector, which are the structure of the sector, the quality of potato plants, it’s position as leader in fresh export and it’s increase in.....

Russia collected record vegetable harvest 2015
In 2015, Russia collected a record vegetable harvest - 16.1 million tons compared to 15.5 million tons last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. This figure is also 12.3% higher than the average for the last five years.As pointed out by the authority, the increase occurred despite the difficult.....

18% first half fiscal year
Decrease in Indian onion exports
In Nashik, India, unseasonable weather has adversely affected the onion crop leading to a decline in onion exports: during the first half (April-September) of the 2015-16 financial year export declined by 17.79% against the corresponding period last year. Scarcity of the crop and a higher Minimum Export.....

Yet turnover and pre-tax profits down
Rooster potatoes boss £4m pay cheque
Ronnie Bartlett, the chief of Scotland’s largest potato processor earned more than £4million last year according to accounts for Airdrie-based Bartlett International Holdings. The accounts reveal that the firm’s sole director took home a pay cheque of £1,036,568 and a dividend of £3.06million for the year.....

Irish potato seed Fund Company
Developments in Rwandan potato seeds
A recently formed Irish potato seed Fund Company composed of farmers' cooperatives and seed multipliers, aims to increase the supply of quality seeds to boost crop production in the Northern and Western provinces. The Fund company is based in Musanza district and the company capital is Rwf200 million, with.....

Potatoes week 51, 2015
Range of German potatoes expands
The supply of German potatoes was quite substantial with a wide range of varieties. The approach of the Christmas holidays was good for the trade. The demand improved gradually so the prices remained stable. Occasionally, the sales increase made a moderate increase in prices possible.Average prices of German.....

2016, a tough year for Taiwanese sweet potato growers
According to Ignasio Chang of the She Sun Dea Trading Company, the first half of the 2015 sweet potato season in Taiwan was marked by oversupply, which caused market prices to fall. Suppliers turned to exploring convenience channels to sell baked sweet potatoes in stores, but with this strategy, the market.....

Why consumers associate potatoes with Idaho
February is Potato Lover’s Month! For most foodservice customers, mention potato and that means Idaho® Potatoes. In fact, 9 out of 10 American customers say they associate potatoes with Idaho more than any other state, and 72% would be inclined to eat Idaho® potatoes over potatoes from other states.* Why.....

Dr. Sebastean Schwarz, Managing Director of the DKHV
"We can compensate regional differences in harvests"
“There were regional variations in the German potato harvest due to weather conditions this year,” states Dr. Sebastean Schwarz, Managing Director of the German Potato Trade Association (DKHV). “Overall we have achieved a good harvest in Germany.”“The yield is lower than the previous year, but you can’t.....


Bart Nemegheer: "We did not foresee this increase in sales"
New concept: smooth Laurette potato with glossy packaging
The Aardappelhoeve has recently introduced a new paper box for their potatoes; a compostable, recyclable package that owner Bart Nemegheer sees a good future in, "We also have a new glossy package for the Laurette potato."New lookA new potato variety in a nice package was designed especially for Colruyt,.....

Jasper Houtenbos, Brassica Trade:
EU: "Market for cabbage in good balance"
This year Jasper Houtenbos and his cousin Bob started Brassica Trade, specialised in buying and selling open ground vegetables, mainly towards exporters and wholesalers. At the end of the year he looks back at the open ground vegetable year with satisfaction. "it's hard work, but the season was favourable.....

Onion producer prices stable, balanced carrot market
OnionsThe Austrian onion market continues its development under the same conditions. The sales in Austria is continuous. The interest of the export markets keeps on going and is supplied without interruption even though the usual Christmas break is expected. In Austria the retailers aren’t willing to change.....


Jac van den Oord creates in-house, customized labels for customers
"Small colored potatoes doing well at Christmas time"
Potato wholesaler Jac van den Oord in Ammerzoden, the Netherlands has placed some new products on the market specifically for the Christmas period. These new products include new red potatoes with pink flesh and a mix of colors in one package, "We started specializing years ago and we have been expanding.....

French supermarkets want residue-free onions
In Fontenay de Bossery, 60 kilometers southeast of Paris, the Vajou family runs the ValLégumes farm andtrading company. Together with a group of contract farmers they grow seed onions on 123 acres of land. Half of the onions are mildew resistant, reports Akkerwijzer, "Supermarkets want residue free products,.....


Onion export continues well toward turn of the year
The previous month, the onion market displayed a relatively quiet view. A stable but still high price level, broad sales with large volumes and a quality that’s generally good. The positive mood hasn’t led to the market overheating so far. While the sorting companies still have limited storage, they seem to.....

"Exposure trip"
India: Visits to Meghalaya strawberry and potato growers
Members of Farmers Interest Groups (FIGs) from Kohima and Dimapur districts visited various horticulture establishments in Meghalaya from December 16 to the 20th of December, for firsthand experience in cultivating strawberries, citrus and potatoes using new technology and innovations.On 17th December, the.....

Canada: Potato disinfection dispute settled
From 1 January the Prince Edward Island Potato Board will take over responsibility for disinfecting potato trucks for bacterial ring rot, a service that had been offered by the provincial government. It is part of a plan to ensure biosecurity in the seed sector.Starting Jan. 1, the board will take over the.....


Versatile potato remains most popular
The new potato season has started, and PotatoEurope was held in Belgium in September. The large potato event takes place in one of the four core countries of potato production every four years. We asked a number of potato companies for new varieties or a potato that’s getting extra attention this.....

"Highlight the role of potatoes in improving global food security"
NASA experiment for potatoes on Mars
A team from NASA and the Peru-based International Potato Centre (CIP) plan to grow potatoes in Mars-like conditions on Earth, with the aim of eventually building a controlled dome on Mars capable of farming the ancient crop, reports cnbc.com. The project also aims to highlight the role of potatoes in.....


New owner Kooij Limburg
“Introducing a Limburg potato at some point”
Since May 2015, Ben Bredek has been Kooij Limburg’s new owner. From the existing location in Maastricht, he continues the potato trade. “I’ve always worked in this sector, and so I got in touch with former owner Ton Smeets, who was looking for a successor,” Ben says. He’s been working for a few months now,.....

US (N.D): Potato stocks up 15%
According to the Agriculture Department, Fargo, North Dakota potato stocks are up 15% in comparison with last year.The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that growers, dealers and processors in the state held 1.95 billion pounds of potatoes in storage on December 1. Current stocks represent 72.....


Exquisite new potato varieties at wholesales center in Frankfurt
At the wholesale center in Frankfurt, Frischezentrum Frankfurt one can find a wide range of potato varieties. Not only the common and well-known household potatoes in bags of 25 kg but also more exclusive varieties in crates of 5 kg from France. In addition to the already available varieties, as Vitelotte,.....

Gerard Hoekman, Mulder Onions:
"Onion market has alternative destinations in second half of season"
Exporter Gerard Hoekman of Mulder Onions from The Netherlands, characterises the situation on the onion market as very healthy. "The demand is wide and a lot of onions have left over the last few weeks. There is always more demand in this period, as the trade is silent in week 53, but there are also enough.....