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Netherlands: Photo report of new potato variety fairs

Last week was an exciting one for potatoes breeders. The annual fair showcasing new potato varieties were attended by a record number of people.



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Agrico
On Thursday 8 November the opening day at Agrico was all about Italy, where the company has a subsidiary. For the festive occasion, the site was transformed into an Italian museum, inspired by Bologna. Four new varieties were introduced to the public. CEO Jan van Hoogen spoke about new trends, sustainable cultivation and food safety.

Agroplant
The display at Agroplant stood out for its warm, festive atmosphere. The company, said Bram van der Lee, tried to highlight the fact that it’s a family business. An interesting new variety, the Actress, was presented, along with the Picobello.

Danespo
Danespo showcased no less than 5 new varieties, three of which (the Cimega, Corona and Cronos) will be registered this very year. Another, the Alizee, will be properly introduced next year. For the fifth one, says Peter van Eerdt, a proper name is still being sought.

Europlant

Europlant collaborated with Ten Brinke for the event. Europlant’s Jan Janse proudly presented the Regina variety: a yellow potato with high production capacity and a very good quality.

Den Hartigh

It may be a small company, but Jacob Eising confirms that Den Hartigh welcomed many visitors last week. The company, known for its consistent quality, specializes in high-segment consumption goods, fries and chips.

HZPC

HZPC opened its show with a visit by a VIP: Olympic athlete Epke Zonderland. Various varieties of potato were shown to the public.

Interseed Holland
According to Interseed’s Pieter Boone the fair went very well: the company’s focus on fries went down well with the attending audience. Their varieties, Zorda and Miss Malina, got lots of attention.

IPM Farm House
IPM, in the small village of Deinum, also opened its doors. A cook not only showed the latest varieties, but also prepared several dishes.

Kooi
André Postma of Kooi was still excited about a variety introduced 4 years ago: the Obama, named, obviously, for the US president. André said he was very pleased with the attendance.

KWS Potato
It was a busy time for KWS Potato as well, according to Ernst Arn. He himself introduced new varieties to visitors, and explained about the new building work going on next year. He expects things to be done by the summer.

C. Meijer

C. Meijer was also well-attended. The Jazzy, of course, received lots of attention. A few other varieties, like the Melody and the Lady Anna, were also on display. Johan van der Stee used the occasion to introduce a new sustainable concept: “Use what you produce.”

A de Nijs
The company A. de Nijs was able to produce quite a few new varieties. The number one being the Red Caroline, an early potato with a red skin. Michel de Nijs was present to explain about the technicalities involved.

Schaap Holland
Schaap Holland opened its doors on Wednesday. Hans Geling had an entire beach installed to highlight both the Cartagena and the Ibiza. The slogan: “Will it be Cartagena or Ibiza”.

Semagri Holland
At the display of Semagri Holland Lammert Buwalda talked about the finer points of potato cultivation. He says we can expect to see more of the company in the starch potato industry next time.

Stet Holland
Jacques Vergroesen of Stet Holland used a few key words to describe the company’s activities: Early, fresh and far. He discussed the benefits of having a good international network. Attention was also given to the new varieties Sultana and Vitalia.

TPC
TPC has only been active since 2004, but can already boast activity in all sectors. Jos Bus described the company as flexible and open to diversity.

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