Nick Bakelaar, Spot:

"North American sweet potato harvest far larger than last year"

The American sweet potato season is in full swing at Spot. "We could fill all our Thanksgiving orders well in recent weeks. We could, therefore, focus more on what is still available for the export and domestic markets. That is now clear as we have dug just about everything out of the ground," says Nick Bakelaar.

"We know exactly how much of what sizes we have to sell. Our farm's crop was quite robust. Compared to last year, it will also yield a lot more volume at the end of the season. That is also the case with most of our fellow growers - the general expectation is that yields will be much higher."

"The European sweet potato market is currently standing still. There is still a large supply from Egypt and Spain. The United States has also started in earnest. We have been quite productive with exports from our farm," says the grower.

"Last season it was tough to get sweet potatoes at good prices. Now, you see the market being overloaded with potatoes. A lot of people are getting involved again. We have noticed this in the US as well as the European markets."

"We have, however, seen a lot happening this month. This is because the festive season is almost upon us. Clients are also switching from Egypt/Spain to sweet potatoes from the United States. This transition will probably happen slowly. This will make for more movement on the market again," Bakelaar expects.

"The strawberry season has started in Egypt too. That means there will be fewer containers available to ship the sweet potatoes. That is also often a sign from Egypt that they are stopping with their sweet potato exports," Nick concludes.

For more information:
Nick Bakelaar
128 ABC Westland
2685 DB Poeldijk, NL
Tel: +31 (0) 174 470 105

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