"The demand from Eastern Europe is increasing. The big question is what Russia will do. Discussions between Russia and the EU will take place again shortly. I think that we can play an important role in meeting the phytosanitary needs of such a market with washed potatoes," says Jaap. "The quality is good at the moment. We need to look more and more at other qualities for export and potatoes with a good skin colour have a bonus for suppliers."
"I'm not negative about the continued market developments. The cold weather in Southern Europe will mean a slowed down planting of the new harvest. The industry is running at full speed and will continue this way for a while. With events like the Football Word Cup coming up, we know that the demand for processed potato products will rise again this summer. Who knows, we might get a late spring again and need all potatoes," concludes Jaap.
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