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Potatoes and Onions


Moving into a transitional time

Shortage of jumbo onions in US keeps market elevated

“Right now, we’re still in Peruvian onions and supply will be good on those until about Feb. 15th to the end of February,” says Brent Bryson of Roberson Onion Co. out of Georgia. Then we’ll move into Mexico with sweet onions and yellow onions.” The crop from Peru started the beginning of September with a.....

Potato giant Manor Fresh overcomes poor UK harvest

Although Manor Fresh, the Lincolnshire-headquartered supplier of potatoes to retail giant Marks & Spencer, had a challenging market due to one of the worst harvests on record, in general turnover and profits have held firm.The company, which employs more than 170 staff at its headquarters in Spalding,.....

Peru: The government plans to export potatoes as a solution to the oversupply

The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Jose Arista, said that exporting potatoes could help solve the oversupply of local potato production that was harming small farmers."What we need to do is increase our share in the world market. The potato has a cyclical price that is determined by the domestic.....

Blackfoot, U.S.

Idaho Hydro Tech on cutting edge of protecting stored potatoes

In 1985, Garry Isaacs patented the ‘humigator’ and six years ago he started a company called Idaho Hydro Tech to manufacture it. The name is a combination of fumigator and humidifier, describing its two functions. Idaho Hydro Tech now has customers in eight states and two Canadian provinces.The humigator uses.....

North Carolina sweet potato farmer receives Service Award

At the 58th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission held in Wilson, NC, their highest honor was bestowed upon local farmer, Jerome and Diane Vick.Lynwood, Charlotte, Diane and Jerome VickAbout Mr. and Mrs. VickJerome graduated from Wayne Community College while Diane attended Louisburg.....

Turn-key onion packaging company in Idaho, USA

In 2017 a new all-in-one onion packaging plant with storage space for boxed onions was built in Idaho. Products that still need to bepacked can also be temporarily stored here, and there is a large processing hall with lines for the processing and packaging of onions.There are four storage areas fitted with.....

Altena Potatoes doubles capacity at new location in Veen

After having packaged and sorted potatoes from Wijk and Aalburg for years - the Schouten family has been active in the potato trade for 80 years - Altena Potatoes moved to Veen last year. When the fruit trader C.G. Timmermans building became available, the brothers Joop and Kees Schouten quickly moved in. "My.....

India: Potato farmers in Lucknow have great harvests, not so great prices

In Uttar Pradesh, potato farmers are facing a twin crisis: they brought in a record yield, but that has led to a slump in rates. Uttar Pradesh is the largest producer of potatoes in the country and in the 2016-17 season, it broke the previous records, growing 15,5 million tonnes. A record 12 million tonnes was.....

China: Linyi garlic exports fell dramatically

According to the Linyi Administration for Commodity Prices, the garlic price has been quite high in the past two years. It brought large revenues for farmers and traders, and with it a surge in the farmers' interest in garlic production. This led to an increase of the garlic production area this year. Because.....

North Carolina sweet potato farmer receives National honor

At the closing celebrations of the US Sweet Potato Council’s annual event held in Wilmington, NC, their highest honor was posthumously awarded to local businessman, D. Stewart Precythe. Each year the US Sweet Potato Council selects a member in good standing who through hard work, selfless dedication, and.....

Price of potatoes in Poland remains low

Potato prices remain low in Poland. The average price on wholesale potato markets in the pre-holiday period was 0.53 PLN/kg*, compared to 0.49 PLN/kg in the same period of the previous year. Domestic potatoes in Bronisze, like a month before, reached a price of 0.40-0.55 PLN/kg; in Poznań they stood at.....

Italy: Good prices for onions

The onion market is finally back on track and high-quality produce is now being paid a fair price. There is not a lot of produce available in Italy but other nations such as Spain are doing much worse. The situation is within the norm in northern Europe as well, so operators are making purchases to avoid being.....

California man arrested

Smuggling king cobras in potato chip canisters

A man was sentenced to five months in federal prison for smuggling three highly venomous king cobra snakes through the mail in potato chip canisters. Rodrigo Franco acknowledged smuggling another 20 cobras into Los Angeles, but said they all died in transit.The three king cobras -each about half a meter long-.....

Potatoes Market East Germany - MIO Kw 3/18

Lower Saxony's potato supply strains market in Saxony Anhalt

Mecklenburg - Western Pomerania Previous price levels for table potatoes show no changes. Price increases are not enforceable in negotiations with food retailers. The supply of potatoes is higher than the demand, so that no inventory surcharge is possible. The proportion of sorting is, however, significantly.....

India: Low cost onion storage facility

A young farmer from Madhya Pradesh, India, has developed a new kind of low-cost onion storage facility, coming to the rescue of onion farmers all across the country. Rohit Patel’s idea for a new type of onion storage is a 600 square ft structure, able to hold more than 50 tons of onions. It has a base.....

After the 'cauliflower steak':

Now there is a 'ready to eat' onion

Recently, Twitter came alive again when - just as the buzz about the M&S 'cauliflower steak' had died down a bit - someone spotted "ready to eat", pre-peeled onions at Lidl.In an article on bbc.co.uk, consumers were shown to be baffled. They just couldn’t understand why, in this day and age, any retailer.....

Albanian consumers eat 33kg of onions per year

Albanians love onions, so much so that it has been reported that they have the second highest onion consumption in the world, behind Libya. It has been estimated that Albanians eat 33kg of onions per capita, per year. Knowing this, it is probably not a surprise that Albanian producer/exporter Miron Topciu from.....

China: Limited price increase for garlic during Chinese New Year

According to the Voice of Rural China, the garlic price has been rising for the past two years. In the second half of last year, however, it dropped quite a lot, making it unmarketable.At the beginning of the new year, the price for refrigerated garlic was continuously rising, but started dropping again less.....

Fall in prices of small onions affects Indian farmers

Farmers claim their profits have dropped significantly in just the last week. This is due to the harvesting season being at its peak. Small onions, which are a 70 to 80 day crop, are cultivated on over 1,100 acres in Kongarapalayam and sold in local markets and places such as Coimbatore and Tirupur. A severe.....

Request for them to be withdrawn

Spain: French potatoes marketed as Spanish at well-known supermarket

The agrarian organization Asaja León has denounced that the Carrefour store of the capital of this province has an on-going promotion with potatoes advertised as Spanish which, when checking the label, turn out to be of French origin.They refer to batch 009020118154, of the Monalisa variety, which is sold in 5.....

India cuts onion export price by $150 per tonne

As India cuts onion prices by $150 per tonne, Bangladeshi traders hope to do good business. The price revision comes nearly two months after it was raised to $852 per tonne. As the decision came into effect yesterday, importers in Bangladesh can now buy each tonne of onion from the neighbouring country at.....

Prince Edward Island

Canada: Chemical imaging technology used for potatoes

Last Friday, RWL Holdings Ltd. in Travellers Rest received more than $400,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the province for food safety equipment. Now the inside of their potatoes can be inspected with new technology called the Sherlock Separator-2400.The Sherlock Separator is a.....

Thuringia:

Germany: Potato yield per hectare highest in 26 years

On an area of 350,000 hectares (58 percent of the arable land), a crop of 2.6 million tons of grain (including maize and CCM) was produced. The excellent 2016 harvest, of 2.8 million tons of grain, was missed by just 8 percent. On 1,700 hectares of arable land, the lowest since 1991, 82,000 tons of potatoes.....

Rene Tiggelman, Handelsmaatschappij Van Langevelde:

"Demand for onions from Brazil welcome but sales of smaller sizes a problem"

Brazil seems to be carefully coming onto the market for Dutch onions. "We haven't sent many onions there, but I'm hearing from packagers around me that it is slowly starting up, although it is mainly red onions for now," says René Tiggelman of Handelsmaatschappij van Langevelde from KruiningenThe sector could.....

Action plan to double value of Scottish fruit, vegetable and potato sector

The value of the Scottish fruit and vegetable sector has grown significantly over the last 10 years, with fruit production increasing 86% to £ 114 million and vegetables up 50% to £ 122 million.In order to continue this trend and ultimately double the value of the sector by 2030, the Fruit, Vegetable and.....

New Operations Manager for sweet potato producer

Southern Produce Distributors, Inc., a provider of sweet potatoes, announced the addition of Heath Johnsey as the new operations manager.“We are very excited to add Johnsey to our team,” Kelley Precythe, President and Owner of Southern Produce stated, “Johnsey will be a big asset to SPD and will be an.....

Louisiana: Monitoring for nematode pest in sweet potatoes

Louisiana State University researchers are trying to find out if an aggressive sweet potato pest has made its way into Louisiana. AgCenter nematologist Charles Overstreet is looking for the pacara earpod tree root-knot nematode. This pest was recently detected in North Carolina sweet potato fields. It.....

Test crop available only in the US

Tearless onion reaches marketplace

Those vicious onion vapors sometimes have people crying their eyes out or resorting to old wives tales to prevent them from tearing up. Google searches of ‘how to cut an onion without crying’ topple over 1 million alone. It also happens to be the question posed most to the National Onion Association.Certified.....

US grower launches reduced carb potato

As consumers continue to seek out healthy food options, companies are continuing to provide alternatives to traditional fresh produce. Potandon Produce, a potato and onion marketer based in Idaho Falls, recently introduced a new variety of potato. Branded CarbSmart, these potatoes have 27% fewer carbohydrates.....

US: Montana potato crop yield up very slightly

In its annual crop summary, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reviewed the Montana potato crop yield as having been up 1 percent last year at 3.74 million hundredweight (cwt). Yields increased by 5 cwt per acre to 340 cwt. At 11,000 acres, the harvested area was unchanged from 2016.Across the U.S., production.....

Late blight kill potatoes in Bangladesh

Potato growers in Dinajpur and Rangpur are very worried as the deadly fungal disease late blight has started spreading rapidly in their potato fields. The cause of this spread are the recent dense fogs and the lack of sufficient sunlight.Potato plants, infected with late blight, will generally will die off.....

"Demand nearly nonexistent in France"

European potato market overview for week 3:

Belgium (week 03): Fiwap / PCA market message:Industrial varieties :Quiet markets with, generally, little activity in free transactions. However, several industrial buyers have returned to the market, while some demand for exports is also present. The peelers show a certain interest for high quality batches of.....

"It doesn't compete with other varieties because it is different and unique"

Elbe potato, the best variety in Costa Rica

The improved Elbe potato variety is grown in the mountains of the northern zone of Cartago and Zarcero. This potato's resistance, yield, and quality have been improved, making it the best potato variety created in the country over other varieties, such as the Floresta (white potato), Granola (yellow potato),.....

New 8oz. clamshells for specialty onions

Frieda's wants to switch out of specialty onion mesh bags with their new, attractively branded, easy-to-display, 8 oz. clamshells. Varieties include cipolline onions, red, gold, and white pearl onions, and boiler onions, all in 12/8 oz. pack sizes.“Our new clamshells show off and protect the specialty onions.....

Japanese create potato chip-covered chocolate

Chip Star Chocolate is a new product from Japan. And do not mistake it for chocolate-covered potato chips: they are potato chip-covered chocolates. And since this is a chip-covered chocolate, and not the other way around, the sweet flavours are the main attraction here, but the salty finish made things not.....

Tattnall County, Georgia

Local US farmers watching out for next cold wave

Bland Farms in Georgia’s Tattnall County has been in the farming business for nearly 70 years. They know there's not a lot they can do about the weather. But as yet another round of cold weather is heading their way, it's no surprise farmers are keeping a close eye on things.Because of the snowfall and cold.....

Peru: Emergency decree to buy surplus of white potatoes

The Emergency Decree (DU) No. 001-2018 that empowers the Regional Governments (GORES) of Apurimac, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Junin and Huanuco to buy up to S/1.5 million of the surplus of white potatoes was published in the official newspaper El Peruano on Sunday, January 14.The decree states that each Regional.....

Adrie Kleinjan: ABC-virus imminent

“Despite stable low prices, few sales on the potato market”

The market situation for potatoes isn’t looking great. “We’ve had an overabundance of potatoes ever since the growing season. Export isn’t even that bad, but there’s such a large number of parties on the market that are putting pressure on price and sales, that the market is just standing still,” says Adrie.....

Italy: Borsa di Bologna sets potato price at 21 eurocents

The potato price for the current season has been set at 21 eurocents during a meeting held on 12th January 2018 at the Borsa di Bologna by commercial and producer representatives, the Regione, Cepa as well as other operators."Of course we could have obtained more, but we can't complain considering the highly.....

Shortage of EU workers because of Brexit

Jersey Royal potato crop could be in peril

On the Channel Islands, the outdoor growing season traditionally gets under way this month. However, the shortage of Polish workers in particular has led to fewer seed potatoes being planted. This year’s harvest of one of England’s best loved crops –the Jersey Royal new potato– could be hit by a shortage of.....

Onion exports from Azerbaijan show big increases

Azerbaijan is working on plans to gradually replace foreign imports with domestic production and increase the competitiveness of local production. In 2017, onion exports amounted to $ 14.9 million, mainly directed at Russia, Iraq, Turkmenistan and Georgia.This year the export of onions from Azerbaijan.....

Research in Tasmania:

Green potatoes safe for consumers to eat

So many people are suspicious of any sign of a greenish colour on their potatoes. But now PhD candidate Sabine Tanios is working on research into why and how potatoes develop this green colouring.Her work at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture looks at the wide range of factors that cause undesirable.....

China: Onion prices take a dive

According to Sannong Zhongguo, onion prices in 2017 hovered at their lowest position. In some places it was impossible to even sell them. This price depression will remain the same in 2018 because the output volume is exceedingly large and there is already too much stock in cold storage. The price has already.....

Peru does not have a potato processing plant, despite increasing demand

Last Tuesday, farmers and producers of white potatoes raised their voices and went on strike because of the fall in tuber prices.They argued that the import of pre-fried and precooked potatoes from the Netherlands, and other countries, was unfair competition to the local product because the imported product.....

Not much movement on Belgian potato market

Last year, potato wholesaler RTL Patat from Menen, Belgium, startedthe first Belgian potato pool(link to Dutch article). In the Netherlands, this has existed for a while. Owner Rik Tanghe talks about how things are now. “Multiple growers have signed up with us now. Our goal is to have higher average daily.....

Customised grading for Dutch onions

VIDEODutch onion producers can do practically anything, according to Gijsbrecht Gunter from the Holland Onion Association. "After all, 130 export destinations each require their ‘own’ version of the Holland Onion. Dutch onions can be sorted to an accuracy of half a centimetre with respect to their size and weight......

Protest ends next day

Peruvian potato farmers protest sharp drop in prices

On Tuesday January 9, potato farmers in several regions of Peru began a 72-hour strike to demand emergency measures in the sector and to protest the falling potato prices. Roads were blocked by protesters in the central and southern Andes, in Junin, Pasco, Ayacucho, Huancavelica and Huanuco. Farmers blamed the.....

Peru: Potato producers end their strike after reaching an agreement

The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Jose Arista, along with the regional governors, and the potato producer organizations have reached an agreement to end the strike in Huancavelica, Junin, Huanuco, Apurimac, and Ayacucho.The agreement includes that the Executive branch of government will issue an.....

Onion prices rise marginally in key Indian cities

During the last week, onion prices have risen marginally in key Indian cities due to an estimated smaller 2017-18 crop and a current slowdown in market supply. However, senior government officials say authorities are keeping a watch on traders.Indian production of onions is expected to decline by 4.5% to 21.4.....

Rising onion supply brings Myanmar prices down

As the supply of onions has increased, prices have begun to fall significantly, according to merchants.The new harvest, brought to the Pakokku market in the Magway region has brought down the prices from 3,000 to 2,400 kyat (1.86 to 1.49 euros) for 1.6 kg. “We received about 25 tonnes of onions on January 8......

China: Increased export volume of Jining garlic does not lead to increased export income

The total export volume of Jining garlic in 2017 amounted to 770 thousand tons, worth 913 million USD. This was an increase in weight of 10% in comparison with the year before, but a decrease in worth by 21.49%. The export volume increases, but the price drops. Jining garlic is a competitive export product......

Peru: 72 hour strike to protest against potato imports

The Peasant Confederation of Peru, which groups thousands of farmers, has started a 72-hour strike to persuade the government to declare an emergency status for the potato sector and the country's agricultural sector.They also demand that the government apply a true agrarian policy that guarantees the.....