'Growing innovation' is the motto this year for the internationally active potato breeder Solana. True to this motto, the owner-managed breeding company will present an overview of new and established products at the upcoming Potato Europe. In the food sector, the focus will be on the proven Queen Anne and the newcomers Lea and Jule, with which the company will be presenting firm-cooking solutions for both direct marketing and packing.
In the French fries segment, the focus will be on the high-yielding, drought- and heat-tolerant variety Edison. The trade show highlights are rounded off, among others, by the young chip variety Odysseus, which, according to the Solana Group, ensures very good baking colors even after the end of the storage period.
Focus on efficiency and profitability
"We are looking forward to showcasing the diversity of performance. Innovation, that is, further exploiting the potential of the potato, is at the heart of our breeding activities. Whether in the food sector or in industrial processing, we present important variety traits. At Potato Europe, we focus on efficiency and thus also on the economic viability of the varieties," says Jan Soltau, Managing Director of Solana Germany.
The motto 'Growing Innovation' also points to the international orientation of the Solana Group. Founded in 1905, the group has numerous locations, subsidiaries and holdings in countries including the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Poland, Turkey, Chile and Eastern Europe, as well as breeding sites in Germany and the Netherlands. The company has set itself the goal of developing forward-looking breeding solutions in view of the rapidly changing climatic conditions, the reduction of pesticides and the skyrocketing prices of operating resources.
Low input, robustness and high yields
Jan Soltau adds: "The successes of our breeding are varieties that are tolerant and insensitive to abiotic stresses such as heat and drought and thus represent sustainable solutions in relation to climate change. These robust varieties are equally tolerant to biotrical factors such as late blight and virus susceptibility. At the same time, the varieties achieve high yields with reduced use of any inputs. Here, for example, is the improved nitrogen efficiency. In short, they combine low input, robustness and high yield. In addition, innovation for us also means that we have our finger on the pulse and develop fast solutions for the ever-changing challenges of modern agriculture and the demands of the markets."
Visit the company at Potato Europe 2022: Booth G B33