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Potatoes and Onions


Ship full of onions saved in a storm

Many ships and conveys couldn’t shelter from the current bad weather, which was particularly harsh for the Baltic Performer on Saturday when she was South West of Brittany.Around 3pm on Saturday, the Cross Etel was warned by the Lann-Bihoué maritime control aircraft that the cargo ship was in difficulty due to.....

US onion pricing strong going into the holiday season

Despite a drop in volume, onions are seeing good pricing right now for growers. “Our crop is virtually all harvested and I would say there’s about a 20 per cent reduction from last year,” says Kay Riley of Nyssa, Ore.-based Snake River Produce. “Last year was an exceptionally good crop. I would say this year.....

Spain is the largest competitor for Ukrainian onion exports

Onion producers in southern Ukraine have a completely different set of issues this fall, in comparison to their northern neighbours. Where extreme rainfall has caused flooding and difficulties with harvesting in countries like Poland and Latvia, just to name a few, the hot and dry conditions during the summer.....

China: Heilongjiang exports potatoes to the Middle East for the first time

On October 23, 1 ton of potatoes checked by the Harbin Bureau entered Dalian Port. They aregoing to be sent to the United Arab Emirates. This is the first export of potatoes from Heilongjiang Province to the Middle East.Source: hlj.ifeng.com

New season of Australian baby potatoes auction for $1 million per tonne

Attendance at the Annual Potato Industry Dinner at the National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide on Friday night exceeded all expectations!Opened by Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, the auction of new season baby potatoes, the only one of its kind in.....

Agripat - a new organisation for Italian potato producers

Agripat is a new organisation gathering 1,023 producers, 266 of which are direct members while 757 are members through 8 partner cooperatives. This in turn means over 10% of the potatoes grown in Italy for the fresh produce market are part of Agripat.Michele Filippini and Maurizio Cesari"Emilia Romagna is the.....

Stats show New Zealand potato prices nearly doubled in the last 10 years

The price of potatoes in New Zealand has almost doubled in the last 10 years, according to Statistics New Zealand.In 2006, potatoes cost $1.10 a kilo, that had risen to $2.10 in September this year.Potato prices hit a 10-year high of $2.25 a kilo in January this year.Retail price of potatoes in New Zealand......

Fire destroys potato storage buildings in North Dakota

Authorities are investigating the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed several storage buildings owned by a potato company in northeastern North Dakota. No one was hurt.J.G. Hall and Sons partner Roger Hall says the company lost four buildings at its Edinburg complex, but none of them held any.....

CA: Prince Edward Island Potato Board unveils new TV ad

The P.E.I. Potato Board has unveiled it's new advertisement which will play on TV and online.Greg Donald, general manager of the board, said the video advertisement is something the board has considered for a long time, and now it can showcase P.E.I. potatoes to the world."The potato industry is an important.....

Side Delights® holiday promotions provide quick potato side dish options

Fresh Solutions Network®, LLC announces its eye-catching winter promotions that will inspire shoppers to purchase potatoes by providing them with innovate ideas on how to serve this healthy AND popular American tradition during this holiday and winter season.The Side Delights® three-month winter promotion.....

Sunny days in Australia mean potatoes are thriving

A very wet August delayed the start of the busy potato sowing period, but sunny days in the past week means the crops are thriving.Gordon Jones, who runs Jones Potatoes with his wife Lyn, at Warragul South said the paddocks were too wet to get the tractor on for the usual start of sowing in August.“It was hard.....

January to September 2017

Peru exported more than 7.6 million kilos of fresh garlic

Peru exported a total of 7,626,328 kilos of fresh garlic for an FOB value of US$11,164,228 between January and September of this year.According to the Agrodata Peru website, the main destinations for this national product were the United States (43% of total shipments), Ecuador (30%), Mexico (10%), Brazil.....

CA: Prince Edward Island potato growers see quicker harvest but lower yields

Warm and drier than normal weather has meant a quicker harvest, but lower yield for many potato farmers on Prince Edward Island in Canada.Rodney Dingwell, the chair of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, said farmers are getting their crop harvested as much as five days earlier than usual, which makes the.....

New blight resistant potato trial going "brilliantly", say scientists

A genetically-modified (GM) potato designed to resist the devastating plant disease late blight has worked “brilliantly” during the first year of field trials, according to scientists of The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL)Late blight is a global problem that can wipe out whole fields of potato crops unless multiple.....

Spain: Alliance to improve production and marketing of Aragonese potatoes

The Aragonese companies Patatas Gómez and Almacenes Bonel are joining forces with seven other cooperatives to boost the presence of the region's potatoes in the market. The two companies will invest 120,000 Euro between 2017 and 2019, 80% of which will be subsidised by the Department of Rural Development and.....

Researchers say it is likely a new pest will hit Uganda's Irish potatoes

There is a new pest that is likely to hit Irish potato gardens in Uganda with researchers worried it could wipe out a huge amount of produce.Researchers at the National Agricultural Research Organisation say the pest, which is suspected to have come from Kenya, could have entered into some farms although they.....

Cavendish Farms opens new potato storage facility in Canada

Cavendish Farms opened its new potato storage facility in New Annan, Prince Edward Island, Canada.The new facility is 88,000sqf and has a refrigerated potato storage capacity of 48 million pounds. It is made up of two separate buildings with each building being 44,000sqf, using equipment from Tolsma.....

AU: The onion campaign helping promote consumption in youngsters

The Australian onion industry is in the middle of a major social media campaign aimed at parents of primary school aged kids to find creative ways for them to consume the produce - and it is so far showing promising results.The campaign was launched as part of the 'Secret Serve', to get parents of 4-12.....

Nigerian exporters concerned due to false reports of rejected yams

Some Nigerian exporters of yams to the UK and the U.S. have debunked certain media reports, purporting that the yams which were exported after the launch of an initiative were rejected at their export destinations.A statement by Dr Olukayode Oyeleye, Special Adviser, Media and Communications to the Minister of.....

Swedish potato and onion sales system in German supermarkets

The Swedish system Agripo that has become the standard way of selling root vegetables in Sweden has now also been introduced in Germany. Especially the North of Germany was very interested. The system has been tested and can now be found in supermarkets such as Edeka, Real and Rewe.Agripo is a system in which.....

Peru exports more than 23.5 million dollars in ginger

Peru exported a total of 13,711,881 kilos of ginger at an FOB value of US $23,566,160 between January and September of this year.According to reports from the Agrodata Peru website, the United States was the main market destination for this product, as it made purchases of US $11,511,000. It was followed by.....

Research finds Cambodia well-suited for certain potato varieties

With Cambodia's first large harvest of potatoes expected next year, months of research in the highlands of Mondulkiri province show the soil in the country and the climate are well-suited for growing certain varieties.According to Song Kheang, the director of Mondulkiri’s Provincial Agriculture Department,.....

Jurgen Duthoo, Bart's Potato Company

"Due to low potato prices we are now competing with countries like Pakistan"

One of the Flemish stall holders present during the Fruit Attractions was Bart's Potato Company. On the island of the Flemish Centre for Agrarian and Fishing Marketing (VLAM) the company was there together with ten other organisations to show those interested what Bart's Potato Company stands for. Jurgen.....

AU: Tasmania ramps up fight against potato pest

Surveillance programs for tomato potato psyllid are being ramped up in Tasmania as growers try to delay any incursion of the pest for as long as possible.TPP was detected in Western Australia earlier this year. Free sticky trap packs are being distributed by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture to growers.....

China: Leek prices up 10-20% in comparison to last year

Winter is coming and markets filled with leeks and white cabbages from storage are not far off. Storehouses in places like Shandong and Hebei have already hit the market now. The prices are a little more expensive than previous years.The price for leeks is 10-20% higher, the current price for leeks from.....

Onion expert calls for Ghana to learn from Niger to combat imports

Research by the Ghana Agricultural Producers and Traders Organization (GAPTO), the umbrella body of agricultural traders, at two markets in Accra and Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, says that Ghana imported one hundred and twenty million dollars worth of onions in 2010 and 2011.The researchers have not been able.....

Robinson Fresh & Albert Bartlett team up to bring UK potatoes to North America

Robinson Fresh, a division of C.H. Robinson has announced that it will now be the exclusive partner of Albert Bartlett and will be providing its potatoes in North America.Albert Bartlett is a fresh and frozen potato supplier in the United Kingdom, and is increasing its presence in North America with.....

Pre-cut Agria chips gaining popularity in Belgium

When you think about chips, you think about Belgium. Despite the popularity of modern foods, such as superfoods or the hype surrounding avocados, old-fashioned chips remain enormously popular. Yet something is changing for chips. A shift is happening in the period between field and deep-frying pan. In.....

UK: Branston installs a £6 million grading system

Branston has announced the completion of a GBP6 million investment at its Lincoln site, in the UK, installing a state-of-the-art grading system and WarmStor system.Designed to improve the efficiency of grading and sizing the 2,500 tons of potatoes packed each week, a high tech optical grader unit has been.....

China: Garlic export price low

"Last year's production expansion and stable weather in China have led to an increase in this year's garlic production of 30%. From the beginning of the year, the increase in supply caused a fall in the garlic price. Chinese purchasers and small-scale importers gradually started to buy garlic in bulk for low.....

China: Sweet potatoes aiming for a bumper harvest

Temperatures are falling, winter is on its way and the choice margins for winter vegetables are decreasing. Sweet potatoes can often be seen in winter. Following the increase in demand, the market price always goes up a little. Now we are just at the time when a bumper harvest for sweet potatoes can be.....

10,000 tonnes of allegedly 'rotten potatoes' banned from entry into Jordan

The Ministry of Agriculture on Sunday said that a shipment at the Aqaba Port, Jordan, carrying 10,000 tonnes of allegedly worm-infested potatoes, will not be allowed into the country.Ministry spokesperson Nimer Haddadin explained that the owner of the shipment did not obtain an import licence from officials.....

The International Potato Centre expands to Georgia in Eurasia

The International Potato Center (CIP) has opened its regional office covering Central Asia and the Caucasus, in Tbilisi, Georgia.CIP plans to implement innovative methods of potato growing and will introduce new potato breeds. It will also focus on providing educational and professional development.....

US potato sales across all categories see growth

August was a great month for retail potato sales in the United States, with all categories enjoying volume growth when compared to the same four weeks a year ago.Deli potatoes (mostly potato salad) led the charge this month with a 2.9% increase followed by; Fresh up 1.3%, Dehy up 1.0%, and Frozen and.....

US: South Carolina school unearths state's largest sweet potato

Students and staff at Carlisle-Foster’s Grove Elementary in Spartanburg County have set a new agricultural record in South Carolina.Spartanburg District 2 Schools said a giant sweet potato harvested from the school garden is the largest ever recorded in the state.School Nurse Carolyn Hendrix dug the.....

CA: McCain Foods opens new $65M potato line expansion in New Brunswick

McCain Foods has officially opened its new $65M potato specialty production line, expanding the company's flagship potato processing facility in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick in Canada.The company claims the new 35,000 square foot McCain Foods potato specialty production line addition represents the.....

US: Georgia onion producer ordered to pay $1.5M in back wages & damages

Georgia based Vidalia onion producer Bland Farms Production and Packing will pay nearly $1.5 million in back wages and liquidated damages after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).According to the Department of Labor, Bland.....

US: Idaho potato production drops 19% but growers expect better prices

Idaho has bounced back to a more normal potato crop this season from its bumper crop last year.Last season, Idaho had more potatoes available for the fresh market than any other year in its history, said Ryan Wahlen, sales manager for Pleasant Valley Potato, Aberdeen, Idaho.The United Potato Growers of Idaho.....

China: Gansu onion price doubles

"From July, onions from all over China have gradually entered the market. This year, the total Gansu production has not changed much. Currently, the net selling price for Gansu onions in China is 820 per ton. Compared to last year's 260 yuan, it has more than doubled. This is mainly because of the increase in.....

Potato disease remains a threat for Western Australian crop

The blight of the WA potato industry is worse than originally reported and it is unclear how and when things will improve now that WA farmers will have to live with the tomato potato psyllid (TPP) and Dickeya dianthicola bacteria.The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) confirmed.....

African farmers welcome more processing plants to add value to potatoes

Commenting on the development, Evariste Bizimungu, a grower of Irish potatoes from Western Province, South Africa said "Research is key to increase production. One can harvest about 20 tonnes per hectare, but this could increase significantly with better varieties and extension services.""We need more.....

Tailgate with Side Delights® potatoes in New Orleans

As the growth of the value-added potato segment continues to outpace the category, produce and retail buyers will have the opportunity to taste the next, new favorite, quick-to-cook potato items on Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st at booth #1507 at the PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in.....

Peter Verker, Verkerk potato traders:

"Potato price not the best for the farmers, but interesting for the export market"

The nice weather experienced over the past few days, means potato grubbing is going well. This follows a difficult period. "The quality of the potatoes varies widely. There are some that have a lot of water damage, but, fortunately, there are still enough that look nice. So, you must be very selective. In.....

China: Fluctuation in ginger and garlic prices after holidays

Onions and garlic are cooking essentials, but during the first half of this year the highest price for a kilogram of garlic in Wuhan city was 24 RMB (3.08 EUR).Unfortunately, after the long vacation for the National Holiday, the price dropped rapidly, causing some stores to sell at exactly the indicated price:.....

More organic sweet potatoes for 2017 in the US

As it finished shipping its 2016 sweet potato crop last week, supplies for 2017 of the root vegetable may exceed last year’s levels.“We’ve now started shipping 2017 and the crop looks excellent,” says Tami Long of Nashville, NC-based Nash Produce. “We had a great summer weather-wise. So we’re forecasting at.....

Onion yields down in Pacific northwest

A delay in planting and unfavorable summer growing conditions have resulted in a drop in onion production in the Pacific northwest region. Planting was delayed due to weather and growers had a shorter season as a result."Harvesting will finish up this week in eastern Oregon, western Idaho and eastern.....

China: This year's onion export market positive

"China is a huge producer of onions, and its production regions are spread all over the country. Compared to last year, this year's production from Shandong and Henan has decreased slightly, that of Gansu has increased somewhat, and that of Yunnan and Sichuan has stayed the same. The annual peak season of.....

New research could greatly improve potato yields

Lancashire based Levity CropScience is set to reveal new research at two national farming Expos in November that could greatly improve potato yields.The research will highlight and demonstrate in detail how Levity CropScience products have increased potato yields by at least €1000 per hectare in farms across.....

Uganda's first batch of GMO potatoes could hit store shelves by 2020

Scientists have said the first batch of locally grown genetically modified potatoes will be on sale in Ugandan markets in 2020.Dr Alex Barekye, the director of Kachwekano Zonal Agriculture Research Institute in the western district of Rubanda, said agricultural biotechnology research on potatoes is underway to.....

RPE to feature new product innovations at Fresh Summit

What’s new in the fresh potato category? From RPE, Inc. a new potato item, a unique approach for commodity product and fresh innovations that add value for both consumers and retailers alike.New featured item— SteamPak Mini™, for the health conscious and on-the-go consumer, is a single-serve package of fresh.....

Indian government buys 2000 tonnes of onions to meet festive demand

As prices of onions have started heading northwards ahead of Diwali, the government has decided to procure 2,000 tonne of the essential commodity to cater to festive demands.The Ministry of Food & Consumers Affairs, in this regard, has asked Nafed and Small Farmers' Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) to.....

To premiere at PMA Fresh Summit

Sunions™: America’s first tearless onion is here

There are plenty of things in this world that make us cry. But onions no longer have to be one of them. Sunions, America’s first tearless and sweet onion will make its debut at PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans Oct. 19-21.“This onion is the product of more than 30 years of research and development to produce an.....

Volker Reuter: "We stick to potatoes"

German potato trader has success with specialised market niche

At the wholesale market in Duisburg, Germany, the Reuter business family have been a phenomenon for years. Managing director Jörn Reuter has dedicated his time completely to potatoes, garlic and onions during the last years. Two years ago, he and is colleague Mr Pleines started up their business together and.....

New cooperation to advance potato production in Africa

The International Potato Center (CIP) and BlackPace Africa Group (BPA) executed a Technical and Scientific agreement to advance potato production in Africa. This Inter-Institutional Framework Collaboration Agreement (“COA”) will further support development of both Irish and sweet potatoes in Africa.The.....

New potato variety allows farmers to plant in high temperatures

Potato farmers in India can expect higher yields and profits with the release of a new variety, Kufri Lima.Developed in collaboration with the International Potato Center (CIP for its acronym in Spanish) and the Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Kufri Lima, proved to be both early, heat tolerant and.....

Africa: Research looks to make more healthy and productive sweet potatoes

Research focusing on traditional crops that are often ignored and known as "orphan crops" shows they contain minerals and vitamins that are essential for the body and are mostly consumed by rural African people.Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research among crops.....

Romania: Record potato production in Harghita County

Potato producers in Harghita County, Romania, have harvested the biggest production of the past 27 years, averaging 26.3 tonnes per hectare, despite the very low purchase price, reported Jenő Török, Head of the Agricultural Directorate of Harghita County, to Agronpres news agency.According to the source.....

US: Price increase for this year’s onion crop in Idaho and Oregon

Yields are down, but prices are up for this year’s onion crop in the Treasure Valley of Idaho and Oregon in North America.A harsh winter, wet spring and hot summer combined to make this a difficult year for farmers. Growers and shippers who spoke with the Capital Press say yields will be off by up to 30.....

Red River Valley potatoes having good year

Potato growers in the northern plains region, which includes the Red River Valley on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota, are enjoying healthy harvest yields, good quality and high demand. Red, and more so yellow varieties, have seen increases in market share in recent years.Ted Kreis, of Red River Valley.....

Exports obstructed

China: 2017 garlic in storage increases rapidly

"In 2017, the garlic storage in China was around 3.48 million tons. This is an increase of almost 78% compared to last year's 1.96 million tons. That is why many garlic farmers have stopped their production, or are cautiously containing production," according to Mr. David Lee, CEO of Jining Rich Garmer.....