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Potato variety shows 2012

Schaap Holland opened its doors for the variety show on Wednesday and Thursday. It’s mainly relations from at home and abroad who are invited. You can see that there are less relations from for instance from England, Belgium and France present this time. He thinks it’s because of the harvest problems they are having. They need all hands on deck to get anything done. Hans Geling says that they wanted to generate interest with the invitation. The beach with the question; “Will it be Cartagena or Ibiza” hinted at the two new varieties.
Schaap Holland opened its doors for the variety show on Wednesday and Thursday. It’s mainly relations from at home and abroad who are invited. You can see that there are less relations from for instance from England, Belgium and France present this time. He thinks it’s because of the harvest problems they are having. They need all hands on deck to get anything done. Hans Geling says that they wanted to generate interest with the invitation. The beach with the question; “Will it be Cartagena or Ibiza” hinted at the two new varieties.
Ibiza is an early chip variety, but with length. This is often a difficult combination, but this variety meets the requirements. Cartagena is a table potato with a red peel, yellow flesh and it is crumbly. This meets the company’s need, Cartagena can be used in various sectors. The normal size of, for instance 40x65 is good for the small packaging. The larger sizes can be used for the export to, for instance, Eastern Europe. Other sizes can also be used in the processing industry.
Ibiza is an early chip variety, but with length. This is often a difficult combination, but this variety meets the requirements. Cartagena is a table potato with a red peel, yellow flesh and it is crumbly. This meets the company’s need, Cartagena can be used in various sectors. The normal size of, for instance 40x65 is good for the small packaging. The larger sizes can be used for the export to, for instance, Eastern Europe. Other sizes can also be used in the processing industry.
Hans Geling says there is indeed demand for potatoes with a peel. They have numerous products for this. Peeled potatoes in small and large packagings, but also the baby potatoes with peel. He thinks it’s more of an extra market, rather than this kind taking over. In the processing industry you can also often see potato with peel products in small and big packaging and herbs are often used.
Hans Geling says there is indeed demand for potatoes with a peel. They have numerous products for this. Peeled potatoes in small and large packagings, but also the baby potatoes with peel. He thinks it’s more of an extra market, rather than this kind taking over. In the processing industry you can also often see potato with peel products in small and big packaging and herbs are often used.
In the processing industry you can also often see potato with peel products in small and big packaging and herbs are often used.
In the processing industry you can also often see potato with peel products in small and big packaging and herbs are often used.
He shows that the packaging of the table potatoes indicates what cooking types they are with different colours. Up until now there is most demand for crumbly potatoes, but there is a visible switch to the more solid cooking potato. There are now often two colours, green and blue, solid and crumbly.
He shows that the packaging of the table potatoes indicates what cooking types they are with different colours. Up until now there is most demand for crumbly potatoes, but there is a visible switch to the more solid cooking potato. There are now often two colours, green and blue, solid and crumbly.
In a time of crisis efficiency is sought after. Meaning lower growing costs, yield per hectare etc. It has to be viable for the grower to grow potatoes. This has a bit of care of the environment and sustainability mixed in.
In a time of crisis efficiency is sought after. Meaning lower growing costs, yield per hectare etc. It has to be viable for the grower to grow potatoes. This has a bit of care of the environment and sustainability mixed in.
At Agrico, CEO Jan van Hoogen officially opened the variety shows on Thursday the 8th of November. There he explained that the theme of the variety show is Italy at Agrico, because this is a very important market for them. The location has been converted into an Italian museum, inspired by Bologna, the location of their subsidiary Agrico Italië.
At Agrico, CEO Jan van Hoogen officially opened the variety shows on Thursday the 8th of November. There he explained that the theme of the variety show is Italy at Agrico, because this is a very important market for them. The location has been converted into an Italian museum, inspired by Bologna, the location of their subsidiary Agrico Italië.
He thinks Agrico has never had this many potential varieties. This can be seen in the area of Agrico which is once again bigger in seeds of monopoly varieties in Holland. Every year awards are given to the varieties which managed to be noted on the national variety list. Three out of four new varieties are from Agrico Research, their own research company.
He thinks Agrico has never had this many potential varieties. This can be seen in the area of Agrico which is once again bigger in seeds of monopoly varieties in Holland. Every year awards are given to the varieties which managed to be noted on the national variety list. Three out of four new varieties are from Agrico Research, their own research company.
He believes that to be able to play into the wishes of growers, consumers and processors around the globe variety development is of great importance.
He believes that to be able to play into the wishes of growers, consumers and processors around the globe variety development is of great importance.
The Performer is one of the new arrivals. This chip variety is suitable for the British fish and chip shops and has a good Pallida resistance and tolerance.
The Performer is one of the new arrivals. This chip variety is suitable for the British fish and chip shops and has a good Pallida resistance and tolerance.
With the variety Romie, Agrico introduces a new solid cooking table variety, very suitable for the West European retail, with a good flavour and good presentation.
With the variety Romie, Agrico introduces a new solid cooking table variety, very suitable for the West European retail, with a good flavour and good presentation.
Volare is a high yield white flesh potato is very suitable for sales markets of coarse growing potatoes. Volare is, along with the Arizon, which was introduced two years ago, every suitable for e.g. the Italian market and were therefore chosen to be the two varieties with received extra attention during the variety shows.
Volare is a high yield white flesh potato is very suitable for sales markets of coarse growing potatoes. Volare is, along with the Arizon, which was introduced two years ago, every suitable for e.g. the Italian market and were therefore chosen to be the two varieties with received extra attention during the variety shows.
Another of the new varieties if Flair. This crumbly potato was grown by Oebele Spriensma, a grower joined to Agrico. Flair is mainly good for the Western European consumer with a traditional taste.
Another of the new varieties if Flair. This crumbly potato was grown by Oebele Spriensma, a grower joined to Agrico. Flair is mainly good for the Western European consumer with a traditional taste.
Early, fresh and far away are the word Jacques Vergroesen uses to describe the activities of Stet Holland. Stet Holland’s customers are primarily in the Middle East and Mediterranean Sea area. Their speciality is to limit themselves to a few countries. He says you start a relationship and build on it, by putting more time and effort in a company. Bellini is their biggest variety. It is productive and has a good yield. It can be compared with the Spunta, the Spunta is coarser. The Bellini is well accepted by the sales market and can be stored well.
Early, fresh and far away are the word Jacques Vergroesen uses to describe the activities of Stet Holland. Stet Holland’s customers are primarily in the Middle East and Mediterranean Sea area. Their speciality is to limit themselves to a few countries. He says you start a relationship and build on it, by putting more time and effort in a company. Bellini is their biggest variety. It is productive and has a good yield. It can be compared with the Spunta, the Spunta is coarser. The Bellini is well accepted by the sales market and can be stored well.
They primarily use fresh, but have three varieties that can be used in the industry. Donald, Grandeur and Tripola are varieties which are actually fresh, but can be used in the chip industry. The Tripolo is often used in Italy to make crisps. They work towards varieties that have a sure yield, are easy to store, but are also useful if they need to be used variedly.
They primarily use fresh, but have three varieties that can be used in the industry. Donald, Grandeur and Tripola are varieties which are actually fresh, but can be used in the chip industry. The Tripolo is often used in Italy to make crisps. They work towards varieties that have a sure yield, are easy to store, but are also useful if they need to be used variedly.
Jacques Vergroesen believes that you can always eat a potato with peel. But a thin smooth peel is more desirable in this case. They don’t grow for this specifically, they grow varieties and whatever the chef/cook does with it is their business. With or without peel. He uses Spain/Holland as an example. If potatoes are washed and packaged in Holland and the peel is taken off, this isn’t positive. In Spain, this is a sign of freshness.
Jacques Vergroesen believes that you can always eat a potato with peel. But a thin smooth peel is more desirable in this case. They don’t grow for this specifically, they grow varieties and whatever the chef/cook does with it is their business. With or without peel. He uses Spain/Holland as an example. If potatoes are washed and packaged in Holland and the peel is taken off, this isn’t positive. In Spain, this is a sign of freshness.
The reason for the switch in the demand for crumbly potatoes to solid cooking potatoes is due to both partners often working, according to Jacques. This means there’s not much time for other things at night. Women used to spend hours in the kitchen and they could spend a lot of time on for instance crumbly potatoes. Solid cooking potatoes are easier to prepare.
The reason for the switch in the demand for crumbly potatoes to solid cooking potatoes is due to both partners often working, according to Jacques. This means there’s not much time for other things at night. Women used to spend hours in the kitchen and they could spend a lot of time on for instance crumbly potatoes. Solid cooking potatoes are easier to prepare.
Sultana, an early to mid-early variety, has wide distribution in the luxury segment as well as in the traditional markets, especially in the countries Spain and Italy. The potatoes are round-oval or oval of shape and can be very coarse. The colour of the peel is bright yellow, the flesh is light yellow. On Sultana’s leaflet is Erik Jongbloed, supermarket employee from Emmeloord, and he presents the Sultana in a consumers packaging.
Sultana, an early to mid-early variety, has wide distribution in the luxury segment as well as in the traditional markets, especially in the countries Spain and Italy. The potatoes are round-oval or oval of shape and can be very coarse. The colour of the peel is bright yellow, the flesh is light yellow. On Sultana’s leaflet is Erik Jongbloed, supermarket employee from Emmeloord, and he presents the Sultana in a consumers packaging.
Vitalia, also an early to mid-early variety, is suitable for the fresh market in West and South-West Europe. Due to the clear and smooth peel Vitalia is suitable for the market for washed and packaged. The yield is high, with a large amount of large, long oval potatoes with light yellow flesh.
Vitalia, also an early to mid-early variety, is suitable for the fresh market in West and South-West Europe. Due to the clear and smooth peel Vitalia is suitable for the market for washed and packaged. The yield is high, with a large amount of large, long oval potatoes with light yellow flesh.
Danespo has the variety shows in Café Restaurant 't Poortershuys in Creil. Danespo an originally Danish company which mainly provides for the consumption and export. According to Peter van Eerdt the next trend will be diversification. There will be more customer specific varieties, because the market always demands what isn’t there. The challenge is mainly in pushing back the use of, for instance, pesticides.
Danespo has the variety shows in Café Restaurant 't Poortershuys in Creil. Danespo an originally Danish company which mainly provides for the consumption and export. According to Peter van Eerdt the next trend will be diversification. There will be more customer specific varieties, because the market always demands what isn’t there. The challenge is mainly in pushing back the use of, for instance, pesticides.
According to Peter van Eerdt there are indeed some changes in the market. He indicated that he sees potatoes as the pillars of a meal. It’s possible to eat all varieties with a peel. This is actually healthier, but potatoes with smooth peels are preferred. People used to think anything that wasn’t a crumbly potato was rubbish. Nowadays the solid cooking potato is demanded more and more. According to Peter, flavour is less important to the younger generations, who prefer to watch the calories in the food.
According to Peter van Eerdt there are indeed some changes in the market. He indicated that he sees potatoes as the pillars of a meal. It’s possible to eat all varieties with a peel. This is actually healthier, but potatoes with smooth peels are preferred. People used to think anything that wasn’t a crumbly potato was rubbish. Nowadays the solid cooking potato is demanded more and more. According to Peter, flavour is less important to the younger generations, who prefer to watch the calories in the food.
During the variety shows the five new varieties were presented, of which four are already on this year’s new variety list. Peter van Eerst talks about the variety below, saying that it is a very early variety with a good presentation in peel and colour. But it has a quite strong foliage for the countries with 90 to 100 days of cultivation. Only one thing is missing: the name. They are still searching for a suitable name for this variety.
During the variety shows the five new varieties were presented, of which four are already on this year’s new variety list. Peter van Eerst talks about the variety below, saying that it is a very early variety with a good presentation in peel and colour. But it has a quite strong foliage for the countries with 90 to 100 days of cultivation. Only one thing is missing: the name. They are still searching for a suitable name for this variety.
Corona produces coarse potatoes very quickly, It is a robust plant and perfect for countries with 100 cultivation days for a maximal turnover.
Corona produces coarse potatoes very quickly, It is a robust plant and perfect for countries with 100 cultivation days for a maximal turnover.
Cronos is a variety with chip quality, and a wide nematode resistance.
Cronos is a variety with chip quality, and a wide nematode resistance.
Cimega is the fourth variety on the variety list this year and is seen as an improvement of the Spunta in all aspects.
Cimega is the fourth variety on the variety list this year and is seen as an improvement of the Spunta in all aspects.
The fifth new variety won’t make the variety list until next year. Alizee has a high yield in a medium coarse size of potato and is a washable variety. It’s a mid-early variety and very stable.
The fifth new variety won’t make the variety list until next year. Alizee has a high yield in a medium coarse size of potato and is a washable variety. It’s a mid-early variety and very stable.
Europlant’s variety show took place in collaboration with Ten Brinke Ltd. Ten Brinke has the right location and this collaboration compliments each company.
Europlant’s variety show took place in collaboration with Ten Brinke Ltd. Ten Brinke has the right location and this collaboration compliments each company.
Red Sonia is one of the new varieties that was presented. It’s a red peel variety with a higher number of potatoes than other red peel varieties.
Red Sonia is one of the new varieties that was presented. It’s a red peel variety with a higher number of potatoes than other red peel varieties.
“Potatoes used to come from the land and be stored in basements. Then the potatoes were washed and packaged. The next step was supplying pre-cooked and peeled potatoes. It’s getting easier and easier for the consumer,” says Jan Janse.
“Potatoes used to come from the land and be stored in basements. Then the potatoes were washed and packaged. The next step was supplying pre-cooked and peeled potatoes. It’s getting easier and easier for the consumer,” says Jan Janse.
Europlant also has four organic varieties. It’s hard to develop a fully organic variety, as the variety then has to have a good natural resistance. Laura, Marabel and Jelly are three light, crumbly varieties. Allians is a solid cooking variety, mid-late to late.
Europlant also has four organic varieties. It’s hard to develop a fully organic variety, as the variety then has to have a good natural resistance. Laura, Marabel and Jelly are three light, crumbly varieties. Allians is a solid cooking variety, mid-late to late.
Jan Janse from Europlant says they showed Regina off as their winner. A deep yellow potato with a high yield and supplies good quality under all circumstances. Regina is also used as a solid cooking potato for small packages. This is an example of a variety which can be eaten with peel, but you do need varieties with a good peel for this.
Jan Janse from Europlant says they showed Regina off as their winner. A deep yellow potato with a high yield and supplies good quality under all circumstances. Regina is also used as a solid cooking potato for small packages. This is an example of a variety which can be eaten with peel, but you do need varieties with a good peel for this.
Jan Janse says that the French Ratte and Charlotte are real delicacy varieties. This is more of a marketing product for a certain niche market of consumers who want to pay more for the potato. Europlant has a few varieties that can match this. An example is Alexandera, a solid cooking yellow flesh delicacy. This variety has a lot of potatoes to a plant, but with a fine sorting. Another example is the Valery, a red peel delicacy variety.
Jan Janse says that the French Ratte and Charlotte are real delicacy varieties. This is more of a marketing product for a certain niche market of consumers who want to pay more for the potato. Europlant has a few varieties that can match this. An example is Alexandera, a solid cooking yellow flesh delicacy. This variety has a lot of potatoes to a plant, but with a fine sorting. Another example is the Valery, a red peel delicacy variety.
When there is a lot of supply of potatoes on the market the price is less good than when there is little supply. Europlant will focus on the yield reliability of a variety. This means that they are working towards a good yield for the grower, no matter what is happening in the market. An example is Jelly.
When there is a lot of supply of potatoes on the market the price is less good than when there is little supply. Europlant will focus on the yield reliability of a variety. This means that they are working towards a good yield for the grower, no matter what is happening in the market. An example is Jelly.
And the day went on, so we also visited HZPC. On Wednesday night HZPC, with a group of employees and relations, started the variety show with a visit from Epke Zonderland. During these days a selection of varieties were shown in the various sectors HZPC works in. Gerard Backx says there were visitors from all corners of the globe.
And the day went on, so we also visited HZPC. On Wednesday night HZPC, with a group of employees and relations, started the variety show with a visit from Epke Zonderland. During these days a selection of varieties were shown in the various sectors HZPC works in. Gerard Backx says there were visitors from all corners of the globe.
Gerard Backx says there is always space for new varieties and improvement. Not necessarily due to the demand from the market, but for the flavour and presentation. The speed in which the new varieties are made is increasing because of the current breeding techniques. But a new variety is only a good variety once it has proven itself.
Gerard Backx says there is always space for new varieties and improvement. Not necessarily due to the demand from the market, but for the flavour and presentation. The speed in which the new varieties are made is increasing because of the current breeding techniques. But a new variety is only a good variety once it has proven itself.
Every floor was a different sector, starting with Processing. Innovator is a well-known variety for the chip industry. In this sector there are a lot of strict requirements for a variety. The varieties have to meet them to supply a certain quality. Challenger is also a well-accepted variety, but is also good for making chips at home with. This gives you a multi-purpose variety. Or Taurus, which is a real crisps variety due to the spud’s round shape
Every floor was a different sector, starting with Processing. Innovator is a well-known variety for the chip industry. In this sector there are a lot of strict requirements for a variety. The varieties have to meet them to supply a certain quality. Challenger is also a well-accepted variety, but is also good for making chips at home with. This gives you a multi-purpose variety. Or Taurus, which is a real crisps variety due to the spud’s round shape
According to Maurice Schehr, Traditional is HZPC’s core business. It’s actually the farmers who sell the spuds to the local market. There are a lot of different varieties in this segment, for instance Ronaldo with a good yield. Bartina is seen as the “Queen of North Africa”, Red Scarlett does well in Eastern Europe and Sylvana is a newer variety with a high resistance.
According to Maurice Schehr, Traditional is HZPC’s core business. It’s actually the farmers who sell the spuds to the local market. There are a lot of different varieties in this segment, for instance Ronaldo with a good yield. Bartina is seen as the “Queen of North Africa”, Red Scarlett does well in Eastern Europe and Sylvana is a newer variety with a high resistance.
The last sector is Retail Fresh for the supermarkets, for instance. They are more often the varieties which have already been washed or pre-packaged. The sales countries are mainly the richer countries, who have more money for the potatoes due to the smell, quality, packaging etc. Celandine has a strong flavour and is often used in catering.
The last sector is Retail Fresh for the supermarkets, for instance. They are more often the varieties which have already been washed or pre-packaged. The sales countries are mainly the richer countries, who have more money for the potatoes due to the smell, quality, packaging etc. Celandine has a strong flavour and is often used in catering.
Bonna Terra’s organic varieties were also presented. Gerard Backx indicates that is still a relatively small market because they have to look for varieties with sufficient natural resistance.
Bonna Terra’s organic varieties were also presented. Gerard Backx indicates that is still a relatively small market because they have to look for varieties with sufficient natural resistance.
HZPC is trying to add more value to the potato, and to show this by way of new possibilities. The idea is that the consumer will have more fun consuming potatoes. According to Gerard habituation plays a role in what consumers do with potatoes. This is also the preference for crumbly/solid cooking and peel/no peel. Here you can see a packaging with the variety Annabelle and what you could do with it.
HZPC is trying to add more value to the potato, and to show this by way of new possibilities. The idea is that the consumer will have more fun consuming potatoes. According to Gerard habituation plays a role in what consumers do with potatoes. This is also the preference for crumbly/solid cooking and peel/no peel. Here you can see a packaging with the variety Annabelle and what you could do with it.
IPM, Irish Potato Marketing, originally an Irish company. They also operate from Scotland, Denmark and recently acquired a permanent French contact. The location in Holland also has a strong logistical role. IPM’s Dutch harvest is shipped worldwide.
IPM, Irish Potato Marketing, originally an Irish company. They also operate from Scotland, Denmark and recently acquired a permanent French contact. The location in Holland also has a strong logistical role. IPM’s Dutch harvest is shipped worldwide.
Rooster is a table potato and the number 1 in England. It’s an all-round potato that combines a good taste with a good yield. Rooster produces excellent chips and perfect for mashing and roasting.
Rooster is a table potato and the number 1 in England. It’s an all-round potato that combines a good taste with a good yield. Rooster produces excellent chips and perfect for mashing and roasting.
Consuming potatoes with peels is certainly a matter of taste, according to Wybe Kloppenburg. Eating starts with your eyes. Some varieties have better qualities for this than others. Rooster is an example of one where you can do it. You need a variety with a nice tight skin. The variety Bikini is a mix between red peel and yellow peel, which makes for an interesting effect.
Consuming potatoes with peels is certainly a matter of taste, according to Wybe Kloppenburg. Eating starts with your eyes. Some varieties have better qualities for this than others. Rooster is an example of one where you can do it. You need a variety with a nice tight skin. The variety Bikini is a mix between red peel and yellow peel, which makes for an interesting effect.
Wybe says that the consumer demands a perfect product, but that this doesn’t exist. You have to plan what the market will do beforehand, and grow a variety for it over 10 or so years time. Up until now IPM has mainly been focussed on table potatoes, but Wybe believes that flavour plays an important role in countries besides Holland. They want to move more towards chips and salad potatoes.
Wybe says that the consumer demands a perfect product, but that this doesn’t exist. You have to plan what the market will do beforehand, and grow a variety for it over 10 or so years time. Up until now IPM has mainly been focussed on table potatoes, but Wybe believes that flavour plays an important role in countries besides Holland. They want to move more towards chips and salad potatoes.
IPM works with short lines within the company, so that they can switch quickly. They believe it is important to get the growers involved and really work together. One example is that on the Friday afternoon of the variety shows, they had a day out with all the Dutch growers. They also have a growers commission which meets a number of times per year.
IPM works with short lines within the company, so that they can switch quickly. They believe it is important to get the growers involved and really work together. One example is that on the Friday afternoon of the variety shows, they had a day out with all the Dutch growers. They also have a growers commission which meets a number of times per year.
There was also a cook present during the variety shows who added the various varieties of IPM into tasty meals.
There was also a cook present during the variety shows who added the various varieties of IPM into tasty meals.
New this year at the variety shows is the French company Germicopa which opened the doors for those interested and relations, together with the Dutch companies ATF and Hapotex.
New this year at the variety shows is the French company Germicopa which opened the doors for those interested and relations, together with the Dutch companies ATF and Hapotex.
Germicopa had many different varieties with them.
Germicopa had many different varieties with them.
ATF Potato from Lemmer has been active in buying and selling ware potatoes and seeds in Holland and Western Europe since 2010. They also wanted to invite relations and made sure Germicopa and Hapotex could join the variety shows.
ATF Potato from Lemmer has been active in buying and selling ware potatoes and seeds in Holland and Western Europe since 2010. They also wanted to invite relations and made sure Germicopa and Hapotex could join the variety shows.
C.Meijer has its relation days on Thursday the 8th and Friday the 9th of November. In the crisp segment C.Meijer is market leader in many countries. They want to keep this position by improving. They have grown a lot in table potatoes, with a number of secure and upcoming varieties ( e.g. Lady Christl, Melody, Musica, Orchestra). In the chips sector they are up and coming with the new chip variety Lady Anna.
C.Meijer has its relation days on Thursday the 8th and Friday the 9th of November. In the crisp segment C.Meijer is market leader in many countries. They want to keep this position by improving. They have grown a lot in table potatoes, with a number of secure and upcoming varieties ( e.g. Lady Christl, Melody, Musica, Orchestra). In the chips sector they are up and coming with the new chip variety Lady Anna.
During the busy days extra attention was given to a number of varieties. Among which was, of course, Jazzy, the newest variety. This table potato has a shorter cooking time than normal potato varieties. Jazzy makes eating potatoes easier for the consumer, you can buy, wash, cook and eat them without having to peel them. In short: Healthy, Tasty and Quick.
During the busy days extra attention was given to a number of varieties. Among which was, of course, Jazzy, the newest variety. This table potato has a shorter cooking time than normal potato varieties. Jazzy makes eating potatoes easier for the consumer, you can buy, wash, cook and eat them without having to peel them. In short: Healthy, Tasty and Quick.
The trend being followed by C.Meijer is “Use what you produce” and they firmly believe in it. This means that they are looking for more efficient varieties of which everything that is produced can be used. There is room for constant improvement to then achieve stable varieties. Growers are getting more and more alternatives.
The trend being followed by C.Meijer is “Use what you produce” and they firmly believe in it. This means that they are looking for more efficient varieties of which everything that is produced can be used. There is room for constant improvement to then achieve stable varieties. Growers are getting more and more alternatives.
Lady Anna, the new chip variety. The names of the potato varieties differ per sector. The table potatoes receive a musical name and processing varieties get a ‘lady’ name, such as Lady Anna.
Lady Anna, the new chip variety. The names of the potato varieties differ per sector. The table potatoes receive a musical name and processing varieties get a ‘lady’ name, such as Lady Anna.
Melody, a crumbly table potato, and the most well-known variety of C.Meijer. Despite this being a crumbly variety, Johan van der Stee says that the younger generation is leaning more and more towards the solid cooking potatoes, because of the bite.
Melody, a crumbly table potato, and the most well-known variety of C.Meijer. Despite this being a crumbly variety, Johan van der Stee says that the younger generation is leaning more and more towards the solid cooking potatoes, because of the bite.
At C.Meijer they don’t really have a variety that can be compared to for instance the French Ratte. Johan explained that the French are very good at protecting products and the culture around them. At C.Meijer they want an affordable potato instead of luxury potato varieties.
At C.Meijer they don’t really have a variety that can be compared to for instance the French Ratte. Johan explained that the French are very good at protecting products and the culture around them. At C.Meijer they want an affordable potato instead of luxury potato varieties.
There was also a cook present here who prepared tasty snacks with potatoes.
There was also a cook present here who prepared tasty snacks with potatoes.
KWS Potato also had three variety show days. According to Ernst Arn they are busy days, but Thursday is the busiest. Friday is primarily the day for the growers who get attention. During these days there are many existing relations around, but also potential deciding customers.
KWS Potato also had three variety show days. According to Ernst Arn they are busy days, but Thursday is the busiest. Friday is primarily the day for the growers who get attention. During these days there are many existing relations around, but also potential deciding customers.
According to Ernst the trend is mainly for baby potatoes, such as the new potatoes and small packaged potatoes. There is an emergence of convenience products, such as the ease of a few minutes in the microwave and ready to eat.
According to Ernst the trend is mainly for baby potatoes, such as the new potatoes and small packaged potatoes. There is an emergence of convenience products, such as the ease of a few minutes in the microwave and ready to eat.
Ernst thinks the variety assortment is becoming diverse. Everyone wants something different and consumers are trying more. There is more demand for special varieties. For the future, he expects us to be busy with sustainable and tolerant varieties. The potato market is still doing well so this can be worked towards.
Ernst thinks the variety assortment is becoming diverse. Everyone wants something different and consumers are trying more. There is more demand for special varieties. For the future, he expects us to be busy with sustainable and tolerant varieties. The potato market is still doing well so this can be worked towards.
Bas Blijdorp presents the Eurostar, one of the highlights of the variety shows.
Bas Blijdorp presents the Eurostar, one of the highlights of the variety shows.
Eurostar is suitable as a chip variety with a high yield. It is a mid-late variety and suitable for long storage. Eurostar offers the potato market more than just high yields. Less use of nitrogen and pesticides, but also the high resistance against nematodes contributes towards a sustainable production.
Eurostar is suitable as a chip variety with a high yield. It is a mid-late variety and suitable for long storage. Eurostar offers the potato market more than just high yields. Less use of nitrogen and pesticides, but also the high resistance against nematodes contributes towards a sustainable production.
At the moment KWS Potato is busy building not far away. Ernst Arn says that it is expected that the opening will be next summer. All crops from Europe will able to be presented at the new location.
At the moment KWS Potato is busy building not far away. Ernst Arn says that it is expected that the opening will be next summer. All crops from Europe will able to be presented at the new location.
Den Hartigh, a small company, but with a lot of visitors during the variety shows. According to Jacob Eising Den Hartigh is known for quality. The supply a high segment in consumption, chip and crisp varieties. They want to show that in the attention they give to a relationship. That’s why they invited special relations on Tuesday, so that they knew they’d have time for them.
Den Hartigh, a small company, but with a lot of visitors during the variety shows. According to Jacob Eising Den Hartigh is known for quality. The supply a high segment in consumption, chip and crisp varieties. They want to show that in the attention they give to a relationship. That’s why they invited special relations on Tuesday, so that they knew they’d have time for them.
Easy and quick is the demand from the market, according to Jacob. He too thinks that there is an emergence of convenience products, but the taste experience must remain. In other words, a tasty product in a short time. At Den Hartigh they grow based on taste experience. Lilly is a variety of Den Hartigh’s with a smooth peel and a good flavour. This means it can be eaten with the peel. This is an example of the shift to double goal varieties.
Easy and quick is the demand from the market, according to Jacob. He too thinks that there is an emergence of convenience products, but the taste experience must remain. In other words, a tasty product in a short time. At Den Hartigh they grow based on taste experience. Lilly is a variety of Den Hartigh’s with a smooth peel and a good flavour. This means it can be eaten with the peel. This is an example of the shift to double goal varieties.
Jacob describes the potato market as conservative. To make a brand big you need a lot of marketing. Some of the examples he names are the Opperdoezer ronde, Bintjes or Nicola. It won’t be easy to break such secure varieties. As a company you need to make concepts big, but this takes some investing.
Jacob describes the potato market as conservative. To make a brand big you need a lot of marketing. Some of the examples he names are the Opperdoezer ronde, Bintjes or Nicola. It won’t be easy to break such secure varieties. As a company you need to make concepts big, but this takes some investing.
Toscana, one of the varieties which received extra attention during the variety shows. It’s a solid cooking table potato. The light yellow spud has a clear peel. The variety is now being introduced in consumer packaging fit for supermarkets.
Toscana, one of the varieties which received extra attention during the variety shows. It’s a solid cooking table potato. The light yellow spud has a clear peel. The variety is now being introduced in consumer packaging fit for supermarkets.
Jacob Eising concludes that he is busy making a guide for potato growers. This was promoted during these days. We can expect from Den Hartigh that they bring out varieties which make money for everyone. Reliable varieties based on the qualities of the consumer and the costs for the growers.
Jacob Eising concludes that he is busy making a guide for potato growers. This was promoted during these days. We can expect from Den Hartigh that they bring out varieties which make money for everyone. Reliable varieties based on the qualities of the consumer and the costs for the growers.
TPC is a reasonably new company, it has been active since 2004. The largest part of the seedlings are meant for export to North Africa, but they are also active in other areas.
TPC is a reasonably new company, it has been active since 2004. The largest part of the seedlings are meant for export to North Africa, but they are also active in other areas.
TPC has multiple special varieties, among which the Bergerac. This is the improved Vitelot variety, and older table potato variety with purple flesh and a purple peel. These are specialities for a small market where you can ask for a higher price. It is all extra besides the normal sales with good turnover. * Fun fact: Bergerac is the area the truffle is really from.
TPC has multiple special varieties, among which the Bergerac. This is the improved Vitelot variety, and older table potato variety with purple flesh and a purple peel. These are specialities for a small market where you can ask for a higher price. It is all extra besides the normal sales with good turnover. * Fun fact: Bergerac is the area the truffle is really from.
Jos Bus believes the markets of crumbly potatoes and solid cooking potatoes are close. The younger generation is perhaps more inclined towards the Nicola. Exquisa, table potato which can be put against the Charlotte as a delicacy potato.
Jos Bus believes the markets of crumbly potatoes and solid cooking potatoes are close. The younger generation is perhaps more inclined towards the Nicola. Exquisa, table potato which can be put against the Charlotte as a delicacy potato.
Every grower who has a variety which made it onto the variety list receives an ‘award’. The Monte Carlo, ware potato, is one of them. Monte Carlo has a disease resistance against nematodes. Names of varieties are based on metropolises with the goal that a name always has the same meaning.
Every grower who has a variety which made it onto the variety list receives an ‘award’. The Monte Carlo, ware potato, is one of them. Monte Carlo has a disease resistance against nematodes. Names of varieties are based on metropolises with the goal that a name always has the same meaning.
TPC is open to diversity because they are flexible. There are no guide lines they need to stick to. It is difficult to play into certain developments in the market because they can’t make large investments. They discuss a lot with the growers. If there is a possibility with the grower they will try different thinks. That’s why it’s good they have diversity within the connected growers.
TPC is open to diversity because they are flexible. There are no guide lines they need to stick to. It is difficult to play into certain developments in the market because they can’t make large investments. They discuss a lot with the growers. If there is a possibility with the grower they will try different thinks. That’s why it’s good they have diversity within the connected growers.
A. de Nijs presented a number of the varieties that they have in the Van der Valk hotel. Michel de Nijs said that they are very active in the red peel market with export to, for instance, Eastern Europe and Morocco, etc. They do not have a large variety assortment so they mainly focus on the conventional varieties on the market.
A. de Nijs presented a number of the varieties that they have in the Van der Valk hotel. Michel de Nijs said that they are very active in the red peel market with export to, for instance, Eastern Europe and Morocco, etc. They do not have a large variety assortment so they mainly focus on the conventional varieties on the market.
Michel de Nijs with the variety Lieke, a cross of the Spunta. This variety is named after his own daughter. The names are often personal or named after a beautiful woman. Maybell is the daughter of an Egyptian grower.
Michel de Nijs with the variety Lieke, a cross of the Spunta. This variety is named after his own daughter. The names are often personal or named after a beautiful woman. Maybell is the daughter of an Egyptian grower.
The new highlight during the variety shows; the Red Caroline. This is an early red peel potato. Michel said that there never used to be much supply of early red peel potatoes, because they are often hard to grow. Nowadays there are a number of them, among which this Red Caroline.
The new highlight during the variety shows; the Red Caroline. This is an early red peel potato. Michel said that there never used to be much supply of early red peel potatoes, because they are often hard to grow. Nowadays there are a number of them, among which this Red Caroline.
The processing industry is already seen as the largest market. A. de Nijs also has a number of varieties to try here. Sofie, for instance, is a new crisp variety, or the Maybell which is suitable for chips. Michel expects there to be more varieties which are multi-applicable in the future. Strong varieties which can resist heavy weather conditions. And the early potatoes will be worked towards.
The processing industry is already seen as the largest market. A. de Nijs also has a number of varieties to try here. Sofie, for instance, is a new crisp variety, or the Maybell which is suitable for chips. Michel expects there to be more varieties which are multi-applicable in the future. Strong varieties which can resist heavy weather conditions. And the early potatoes will be worked towards.
Selection company Kooi was also present in hotel Van der Valk. André Postma was very satisfied about the variety shows and the visitors they had. He said they extended the sales market from just the Benelux to the whole of Europe in a short time.
Selection company Kooi was also present in hotel Van der Valk. André Postma was very satisfied about the variety shows and the visitors they had. He said they extended the sales market from just the Benelux to the whole of Europe in a short time.
Obama, an early table potato which received it name four years ago, when Obama first became president. This potato has a good presentation and a good flavour. Selection company Kooij focuses of supplying good seedlings and the buyer decides what they want to do with them. But it is advised to take varieties with thin peels.
Obama, an early table potato which received it name four years ago, when Obama first became president. This potato has a good presentation and a good flavour. Selection company Kooij focuses of supplying good seedlings and the buyer decides what they want to do with them. But it is advised to take varieties with thin peels.
André Postma explains that every year brings new trends and new demands from the market with it. You try to look ahead to what problems might be expected. As a company you start to grow based on that. Such as potato nematodes becoming a bigger problem.
André Postma explains that every year brings new trends and new demands from the market with it. You try to look ahead to what problems might be expected. As a company you start to grow based on that. Such as potato nematodes becoming a bigger problem.
Frieslander is variety that has been around for while. It’s a very early variety that can give very high yields in a very short growing period. It is a table potato, but has early chip qualities. André explains that he also feels a switch from crumbly potatoes to solid cooking potatoes among the younger generation. But regional differences must also be taken into account. Just like many people in Friesland still prefer the crumbly potato.
Frieslander is variety that has been around for while. It’s a very early variety that can give very high yields in a very short growing period. It is a table potato, but has early chip qualities. André explains that he also feels a switch from crumbly potatoes to solid cooking potatoes among the younger generation. But regional differences must also be taken into account. Just like many people in Friesland still prefer the crumbly potato.
Semagri Holland opens its doors in Nagele.
Semagri Holland opens its doors in Nagele.
“Growing is the art of throwing away” are the words of Lammert Buwalda.
“Growing is the art of throwing away” are the words of Lammert Buwalda.
Anaïs, very early, well self-presenting, highly productive ware potato. Large, regular spuds, reasonably solid cooking with nice yellow flesh and a good flavour. Used to be a big variety and is now making a comeback.
Anaïs, very early, well self-presenting, highly productive ware potato. Large, regular spuds, reasonably solid cooking with nice yellow flesh and a good flavour. Used to be a big variety and is now making a comeback.
Luciana, a table potato with a very fine flavour. High yield with the perfect sorting for the supermarket, fruit and vegetable specialist and home sales. This variety has an above average yield and a nice smooth peel. Consuming with peel started in the chip segment with potato wedges with peel. Something that is also seen more and more are baby potatoes.
Luciana, a table potato with a very fine flavour. High yield with the perfect sorting for the supermarket, fruit and vegetable specialist and home sales. This variety has an above average yield and a nice smooth peel. Consuming with peel started in the chip segment with potato wedges with peel. Something that is also seen more and more are baby potatoes.
The luxury segment of the potato has been around for 100 years, says Lammert Buwalda. The purple truffle potatoes etc, are niche markets. The switch from crumbly to solid cooking has also been noticed by Lammert. The older generation still prefers crumbly potatoes. The switch in the younger generations is partially due to Nicola.
The luxury segment of the potato has been around for 100 years, says Lammert Buwalda. The purple truffle potatoes etc, are niche markets. The switch from crumbly to solid cooking has also been noticed by Lammert. The older generation still prefers crumbly potatoes. The switch in the younger generations is partially due to Nicola.
Lammert says they have been focussing on the starch potatoes for a year and a half. It’s a completely different way of working. The potato varieties have a high starch level and high resistance to all kinds of diseases. You have different demands for this sector. Yet they still presented six new potato varieties. “You need to know the market you will be selling in to select new numbers.”
Lammert says they have been focussing on the starch potatoes for a year and a half. It’s a completely different way of working. The potato varieties have a high starch level and high resistance to all kinds of diseases. You have different demands for this sector. Yet they still presented six new potato varieties. “You need to know the market you will be selling in to select new numbers.”
Agroplant’s variety shows were held at ‘Op d’n Akker’, a nice location which helped the cosy atmosphere. Bram van der Lee said that Agroplant is a typical family company.
Agroplant’s variety shows were held at ‘Op d’n Akker’, a nice location which helped the cosy atmosphere. Bram van der Lee said that Agroplant is a typical family company.
Picobello was also in the spotlight. This is a slightly less coarse growing variety and is also used in small packaging. They also have special varieties such as the crumbly Koopmans Blauwe. This is an exclusive, mid-early consumption potato with a very good taste. It forms a large amount of spuds with s specific dark blue peel. This is small variety, and so a real niche market.
Picobello was also in the spotlight. This is a slightly less coarse growing variety and is also used in small packaging. They also have special varieties such as the crumbly Koopmans Blauwe. This is an exclusive, mid-early consumption potato with a very good taste. It forms a large amount of spuds with s specific dark blue peel. This is small variety, and so a real niche market.
Bram spoke about two varieties. First, the variety Actrice, an early consumption potato. It is a coarse growing variety, with a high yield and a smooth peel. This variety does well in Holland, and in terms of export in France, Italy and Spain, among others. A variety for eating with the peel on is not specially sought after. Bram is of the opinion that early potatoes can be eaten with the peel.
Bram spoke about two varieties. First, the variety Actrice, an early consumption potato. It is a coarse growing variety, with a high yield and a smooth peel. This variety does well in Holland, and in terms of export in France, Italy and Spain, among others. A variety for eating with the peel on is not specially sought after. Bram is of the opinion that early potatoes can be eaten with the peel.
Bram says there is a market for both crumbly and solid cooking potatoes. The demand abroad is mainly for solid cooking potatoes.
Bram says there is a market for both crumbly and solid cooking potatoes. The demand abroad is mainly for solid cooking potatoes.
In the future Bram sees a possibility to get more chip varieties in the variety assortment. He believes the potato sector is heading more towards processing. The obstacle is that the varieties that you bring have to be better than what is already on the market.
In the future Bram sees a possibility to get more chip varieties in the variety assortment. He believes the potato sector is heading more towards processing. The obstacle is that the varieties that you bring have to be better than what is already on the market.
And last but not least we arrive at Interseed Holland. On this Friday afternoon Pieter Boone could already look back with satisfaction at the variety shows. Interseed is only a young company, as it has been working for seven years, and has a small group of six employees. In Holland it is a collaboration between Interseed Holland with APF, potato trading house, The focus is primarily on the chip sector, but they also work with versatile varieties to foresee other sectors of potatoes.
And last but not least we arrive at Interseed Holland. On this Friday afternoon Pieter Boone could already look back with satisfaction at the variety shows. Interseed is only a young company, as it has been working for seven years, and has a small group of six employees. In Holland it is a collaboration between Interseed Holland with APF, potato trading house, The focus is primarily on the chip sector, but they also work with versatile varieties to foresee other sectors of potatoes.
Miss Malina is the new variety with a high resistance (ABCDFG). They are constantly looking for improvement and change for the varieties. They look at the turnover of the factory, the baking quality and spud length.
Miss Malina is the new variety with a high resistance (ABCDFG). They are constantly looking for improvement and change for the varieties. They look at the turnover of the factory, the baking quality and spud length.
The chip sector consists of three departments, among which fast food. One of the most well-known varieties is their Zorba with white-yellow flesh. For fresh chips Pieter recommends the variety Agria. For frozen chips many more varieties can be used. This is an easier branch and often contains the cheaper varieties. The sales of chips is much higher now, compared to two years ago when there was surplus. This is, for instance, due to Asia being a new sales market which takes a lot for the fast food shops which are being opened daily.
The chip sector consists of three departments, among which fast food. One of the most well-known varieties is their Zorba with white-yellow flesh. For fresh chips Pieter recommends the variety Agria. For frozen chips many more varieties can be used. This is an easier branch and often contains the cheaper varieties. The sales of chips is much higher now, compared to two years ago when there was surplus. This is, for instance, due to Asia being a new sales market which takes a lot for the fast food shops which are being opened daily.
Pieter Boone said that the APF looks with the grower to see what suits them, what market will be interesting and what will happen to the potatoes. Growers are getting more and more opportunities , but because they are wide amongst growers they can supply constant quality.
Pieter Boone said that the APF looks with the grower to see what suits them, what market will be interesting and what will happen to the potatoes. Growers are getting more and more opportunities , but because they are wide amongst growers they can supply constant quality.

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