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Potatoes and Onions

Leon van Meir, Van Meir Onions & Potatoes:

“Opposite onion year very much a possibility”

In his last newsletter, Leon van Meir reported that export was going well in spring, although it was at low price levels. “We then assumed no onions would be left this year due to the large export volume. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Quite a few growers can no longer find buyers for their onions. In the.....

But consumer preference shifts towards imports

South Korea: Overall potato consumption steady

Korean potato production is expected to increase to 530,000 metric tons (MT) in Calendar Year 2018, as potato farmers respond to higher prices caused by low supply in CY 2017. Overall consumption is expected to remain steady, but consumers continue to shift away from fresh domestic potato consumption and.....

Argentina: Complicated season for garlic

Guillermo San Martin, the general manager of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Garlic, spoke about the situation in the province of Mendoza, which has a complicated forecast as the end of the harvest draws near.According to San Martin, it hasn't been a good season for producers of the Asian.....

Red onion movement strong as Washington prepares for harvest

Onion growers are seeing great demand on red onions, causing an uplift in the market on this color. Movement and subsequent pricing on other varieties is holding steady, with yellow onions now recovering after a slow period. The majority of onion supply right now is coming from New Mexico and California."Red.....

Extremly dry in Northwest European potato area

Based on the latest NEPG-calculations, the potato area in the five Northwest European countries appears to amount to 595,587 hectares. An increase of one per cent compared to last season. It’s worth noting the British area is still based on their five-year average. Based on factual market experience, this area.....

Tanzania: Potato traders exploring Comoro Islands

Potato traders from Tanzania are set to export their produce to Comoro after the VIBINDO society initiative to find the right market in the archipelago off Africa's east coast. However, traders should change the way they handle potato consignments if they want to win the lucrative market.That is why VIBINDO.....

Spain: Patatas Meléndez to market sweet potatoes in 2019

Patatas Meléndez, specialised in the production, handling and sale of potatoes, will start marketing sweet potatoes in 2019. The company is carrying out tests with several producers in Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz (an ideal area for the crop's cultivation) and negotiating the creation of a mixed society for the.....

Italy: Start of the Patata di Bologna DOP season

On July 21 the first growers started to harvest a season of potatoes with protected geographical designation, La Patata di Bologna DOP. This was confirmed by Alberto Zambon, president of the Consorzio di Tutela Patata di Bologna Dop."We are at the start of the season and the harvest has started in the areas.....

Lamb Weston wants to keep French fries crispy for 60 min

The perfect French fry is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The French fry that has been delivered to your home is often the opposite: cold, soggy and limp. Lamb Weston, the country’s biggest manufacturer of those potato delicacies, wants better fast food.Its customers, like McDonald’s and Yum.....

Gerard Hoekman, Mulder Onions:

"A new onion export record, but prices not reached in the season's second half"

The onion market is switching to the new season. "We sent out the last onions of the old season last week. We have slowly started with the new onions. Prices are falling, so people are buying carefully. This is characteristic for this time of year", says Gerard Hoekman van Mulder Onions from the.....

China: Garlic price falls below cost price

The conditions on the garlic market in 2017 made traders more careful when fresh garlic entered the market in 2018. Traders primarily purchase based on pre-orders, but with careful attention to reserve stock. The price remains universally low. The majority of traders prefers to hold on to the money and wait to.....

Effects of hailstorm threatens potato harvest in Central Java

Hundreds of hectares of potato fields in Dieng, the Banjarnegara regency (Central Java) suffered from hail last Friday. Such a weather phenomenon would usually kill the potato plants, said local farmers. According to residents, the temperature dropped to -5o Celsius early on Friday morning, causing hail that.....

Potato farmers in Uganda wait on new ‘Victoria’

Researchers from the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) in Uganda, working closely with the International Potato Center (CIP), are about to complete multi-location field trials and laboratory analyses of an improved, transgenic Victoria potato. These trials are part of a comprehensive risk.....

France expands potato acreage by 3.6%

According to a joint press release from the Union of Potato Producers and the sector's Interprofessional organization, the potato acreage in France has reached 142,710 hectares, which is 3.6% more than in 2017, when there were 137,720 hectares.It is worth noting that in the previous campaign, there had already.....

Due to high prices

Turkish government will allow import of potatoes and onions

Speaking about the increasing potato and onion prices, Turkish Minister of Finance Nihat Zeybekci said: “We've experienced a lot price fluctuation in these two products lately and so we've actively started to intervene to stop this. The Ministry of Agriculture is also monitoring the market very closely. We.....

As mercury rises:

British potato farmers fear yields will be down

Robert Strathern, who farms at Wormingford, near Colchester, said it looks like his early crop of potatoes, which he may begin harvesting as early as July 9 onwards, could be down by 25 to 30% on the average. Like many farmers, he has faced a prolonged period of hot weather with no rain.“Potatoes are the main.....

Bookmaker ‘Paddy Power’ takes bets on Irish potato shortages

With the ongoing heatwave in Ireland, the lack of rain could potentially have an effect on Irish food production, in particular on the potato supply. There are indications that the price of fruit and vegetables could begin to rise as early as next week.Amid warnings from the likes of the Irish Farmers’.....

PotatoEurope 2018

Potato industry – Potential and challenges

The Deputy Chairman of the German potato industry union (Union der Deutschen Kartoffelwirtschaft e.V. – UNIKA), Dr. Heinrich Böhm, discusses the state of the sector.In Germany, potato cultivation takes place on more than 29,000 farms with a combined area of about 250,000 hectares. The total includes.....

New Potato Market - Lower Austria KW27/2018

Plentiful supply of new potatoes, even in dry areas

The Austrian new potato market is largely stable and unchanged from last week. Despite rain-related harvest interruptions, there is a plentiful supply of goods available for the consumer. The yield per hectare remains unusually large. Dry areas continue to report 20t/ha, while in regions with more.....

Overview European potato market week 26

"Buyers interested in Fontane and Bintje due to persistant drought"

BelgiumFiwap/PCA market message:Industrial varieties: Due to persistent drought the mood of the market changed this week; several industrial buyers are once again interested in Fontane’s or even Bintje's latest fryable batches, but without offering a concrete price. The supply is reluctant, and very few.....

Turkey: Sharp increase in prices of onion and potatoes

Turkish customers are growing more and more frustrated with the recent spike in the prices of onion and potatoes, two mainstays of the Turkish dinner tables. Even though it is right in the middle of the harvest season, the prices of potatoes and onions have almost doubled within a matter of few weeks. Both.....

Specialty potato brand into third quarter of campaign

Tasteful Selections™, a specialty potato brand from RPE Inc., launched the third quarter of its yearlong Fresh campaign, July 3. According to the company, the campaign provides insights and inspiration revolving around healthy, nutritious recipes and kitchen tips for more confident meal preparation.“Tasteful.....

Onion packer dries using residual heat from neighbours instead of gas

Neighbourly assistance by Wiskerke Onions and Lamb Weston Meijer

On Monday 2 July the official opening of the residual heat project between neighbours Lamb Weston / Meijer and Wiskerke Onions took place. After processes such as peeling the potatoes using steam peelers and pre-frying potato products, Lamb Weston / Meijer has energy left over that’s too low quality for other.....

Ireland: Weather affecting yields - potato prices to rise

Irish consumers will face rising potato prices as the weather causes havoc with this year’s crop. A combination of the snow and blizzard-like conditions in February and March, the ongoing heatwave and a lack of rain will seriously affect crop yields. Eddie Doyle, of the potato committee of the Irish Farmers’.....

Cristina Cabadas, Potato Market:

"It is more transparent to sell potatoes online”

"Potato Market is a way of realising transparent transactions in the online potato market," explains Cristina Cabadas. “These days we deal with markets which depend on certain intermediaries, and which now, thanks to the internet, can directly sell to buyers locally as well as internationally." According to.....

Table potato market East Germany - MIO Kw 26/18

Switch to German new potatoes expected this week

As is usual in Germany, the older cold-stored products are currently being packaged (from all three varieties). The quality of these reasonably priced commodities is good. The demand of consumers in Mecklenburg Vorpommern is correspondingly large. In the coming week, a complete switch to German new potatoes.....

British seed potato varieties approved for Kenya

British producers have obtained approval to export potatoes to Kenya, where the crop is the second most important after maize. Ten potato varieties were trialled at three separate farms over two seasons with the free variety Cara and two James Hutton Ltd varieties (Gemson and Lady Balfour) making the grade.In.....

International Potato Center

Imagine a world without potatoes

Imagine a world without potatoes. Surely a thought-provoking message that ensures consumers are reminded how the potato has given them comfort, fed them and even, on occasion, changed history.The potato faces many challenges in the future as consumer habits vary, the planet’s climate changes and population.....

Early potato producer group:

Germany: "Trade favors imported goods from the Mediterranean"

Producers of early potatoes from Lower Saxony are bitterly disappointed. "With the right varieties, the use of films for earlier harvesting and good production technology, we have done everything we can to offer consumers early potatoes from local fields as early as possible," says Henning Meyer from the early.....

Potato and onion prices continue to skyrocket in Turkish markets

As usual, there are some price fluctuations in some agricultural products however none of these fluctuations were as sharp and visible as with the potato and onion prices in Turkey during the month of June. The price of potatoes at the wholesale hall has risen up from 0.25 – 0.40 USD per kg in May to 0.6 –.....

Northern Ireland: 12-month period of growth for potato market

The last 12 months have been marked by a significant increase in the size of the potato market in Northern Ireland. For the year ending May 20th 2018, the size of Northern Ireland’s retail potato market was valued at £45.5m. This represents a year-on-year increase of 1.6%. The total volume of potato sales rose.....

Onion growers in Kirikhan, Hatay happy with prices

Onion growers from Kirikhan in the city of Hatay, located in southern border of Turkey, are happy with the current price levels at the market but noted that productivity has declined a bit over the last few years.The harvest of onions started in the first week of June and the prices are around 0.4 – 0.5 USD.....

From January to May

Peru: Fresh onion exports increased by 70% in value

According to the Agrodata Peru website, in the first five months of the year, Peruvian fresh onion exports totaled US $15,539,381, i.e. 70% more than the US $9,144,852 achieved in the same period of 2017.From January to May of 2018 Peru shipped 47,610,848 kilos of fresh onions, i.e. 52.7% more than the.....

BLE Marktbericht KW25/18

Supply of early potatoes continuously expanding

The supply of early table potatoes is growing steadily. Demand could only rarely keep up with the intensified deliveries, so there were frequent price adjustments. This concerned both domestic offers and Italian batches, that were really complementing each other. Shipments from Cyprus diminished and sometimes.....

Peru could, once again, have an overproduction of potatoes

There could be another overproduction of potatoes, as producers of the tuber now know the State will support them by purchasing their products.Victoriano Fernandez, the president of the Association of Potato Producers of Peru (APPAPA Peru), one of the 12 guilds of representatives in the country, said that many.....

International potato industry returns to Germany for PotatoEurope 2018

The top event for potato professionals takes place near Hanover on 12th and 13th September 2018 – 184 exhibitors from 13 countries are already registered – 10,000 visitors from all over the world are expectedPotatoEurope 2018, the event for the international potato industry, returns to Germany on 12th and 13th.....

Late start but good volume expected for Virginia potato season

Along the eastern United States, the potato season is making its northward progression. Virginia growers are now preparing for the start of their harvest, which will occur in just over a week's time. It's a little later than usual due to the reluctance of wintery weather to loosen its grip this year. Despite a.....

Overview European potato market week 26

The surplus of old harvest can no longer find a buyer

BelgiumFiwap/PCA market message:Industrial varieties: General price, 35 mm+, min 60% 50 mm+, min 360 gr/5kg EPS, bulk, friable, selling price, excluding VAT, direct delivery:Fontane: 2,00 – 5,00 €/a, calm market with very little industrial demand;Bintje: 0,30 - 1,00 €/a, weak market. There is still a small.....

Turkey imports first potatoes from war-torn Syria

Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci announced on June 27 that his nation has allowed a limited amount of potato imports from Syria to curb skyrocketing prices. “We have allowed potato imports from some parts of Syria where Turkey undertakes operations in a very limited amount. Our imports will only be 1.....

Jinan: Prices of Onions and Garlic stable in the short term

The price monitoring center of the Municipal Central District of Jinan monitored the market of the ethnic minority street in the area. The result shows that the prices of onions and garlic have been rising recently. There are two reasons for the price increase. First of all, the growing area of onions and.....

Mexico bans imports of fresh potatoes from the US

A federal judge banned the entry of fresh potatoes from the United States because it poses a risk to national sovereignty and security, as well as to the right to food.The Seventh District judge in Sinaloa, based in Los Mochis, declared several articles of the Regulation of the Federal Plant Health Law.....

Otago University Department of Food Sciences

NZ scientists chase dream of guilt-free hot chip

The University of Otago Department of Food Science this week began trialling a "Pulsed Electric Field" processing machine, which it hoped could turn French fries into a healthier, environmentally-friendly snack option. The PEF machine uses microsecond-long pulses of electricity to alter the microstructure of.....

Price increase weakens onion exports

Onion stocks of the 2017 harvest are now running out. In Austria, onion producers can look back on a thoroughly enjoyable month. Traders and farmers alike hardly had any goods left to sell.In early May, Austrian products were still very much in demand abroad. Prices for onions sorted in boxes rose from 21,00.....

Argentina: Producers won't sell all last season's garlic

Producers estimate that, even though there are still possibilities of locating the garlic remaining from the last season until August, they won't be able to sell all of it.This, because of the oversupply in the international market, which also generated a fall in prices. According to producers, the area.....

USDA Fresh Vegetable

US red potatoes purchase program announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced plans to purchase Red Potatoes for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs. Purchases will be made under the authority of Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935, with the purpose to encourage continued domestic consumption of these.....

Due to demand from other states & delay in sowing

India: Onion prices up in Maharashtra

Modal onion prices at Lasalgaon, the country’s largest wholesale market for the bulb, on Monday touched Rs 1,050 per 100kg with arrivals of nearly 1,200 tons. Onion prices in key mandis of Maharashtra have risen on increased demand from other states and a delay in the sowing for the new kharif season because.....

BLE Marktbericht KW24/18

Early potatoes: Annabelle and Berber ever more present

Domestic early potatoes, notably Annabelle and Berber, significantly expanded their presence. Italian competitors suffered as a result: their sales slowed down. The marketers then lowered their prices, which in turn accelerated sales a little bit.Cyprus supplemented the market with their Spunta and Annabelle.....

North American growers see saturated shallot market

The North American shallot market is described as “flooded” right now. “There’s more than enough supply,” says Bas Melissant of MEN’s Farming Inc. in Norwich, Ontario. MEN’s grows largely for the U.S. market but also supplies shallots to Ontario buyers. On top of the Ontario crop, Melissant notes that there’s.....

Indonesia loses trillions due to dirty onion importers

Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman has boycotted five onion import companies, for frauds that have cost the nation trillions of rupiahs. "It is with regret but we have to blacklist the five companies, because they harm our farmers, burden the consumers and cause inflation, eventually resulting in.....

Market price goes down

China: Potatoes enter market in bulk

The price of potatoes in the Wanbang Market showed a downward trend last week. The average price of potatoes is 1.5 yuan [0.23 USD] per kg, which is a decrease of 14.29% in comparison with the previous week. The main reasons for this development are as follows: first, the supply volume is large. The supply.....

Economist Thomas Herkenrath:

'German new potatoes to encounter balanced trade without price pressure'

Due to the optimal weather conditions in Germany and the limited import volumes from Spain, the season of the German early potatoes is just around the corner. As expected, until the end of the 26th week the last flows of goods from Spain are hitting the market. Thereafter, the mature and high-quality new.....

Is America ready for a new potato?

From the Russet to the red and yellow, to specialty potato varieties, the US is a large producer and consumer of potatoes. In recent years, more people are seeking out new varieties and there is an increasing focus on flavor. One US-based company has been tasked with distributing one of the newest varieties of.....

Shocking price jump of Turkish onions

Onions are the staple of most Turkish dishes and for the poor, onions with a loaf of bread can constitute a meal. Thus news that the price of onions has skyrocketed to seven liras ($1.5) per kilo is great ammunition for Erdogan’s opposition ahead of Sunday’s parliamentary and presidential elections.The.....

European Potato market week 23

Belgium: Fontane and Challenger unavailable

BelgiumFiwap/PCA market message:Industrial varieties:General price, 35 mm+, min 60% 50 mm+, min 360 gr/5kg EPS, bulk, friable, selling price, excluding VAT, direct delivery:Fontane & Challenger: unavailable, due to lack of sufficient transactions.Bintje : 1,00 €/a, mainly for export and fresh.....

HZPC Holland

Hybrid potatoes from botanical seeds: Opportunity or threat?

Potatoes developments are in the news. There is talk of hybrid potatoes, which you can simply sow and HZPC Holland is at the forefront of this innovative research. Extensive breeding has meant that the potato has risen to great heights as a crop. A great number of varieties are being produced, with high.....

Jan Westhoeve: "Everyone is complaining, but we had a super year"

Over 40 years Westhoeve has grown into a global potato exporter

This week is Westhoeve Potatoes, based in the Dutch town of Ouddorp's, 40th anniversary. In the last 20 years, in particular, this onion and potato exporter has made tremendous strides on the export front. For the owner, Jan Westhoeve, there is only one way to go, and that is up. "Many people are complaining.....