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Global Focus Potatoes and Onions

The opinion of an operator from Campania (Italy)

The potato market, in the face of price increases and uncertainties

"The scenario that looms for the next Italian potato campaign is a bit unusual, with crop expenses that producers will have to bear being really high and purchase prices for the consumer being a bit steeper, but there will certainly be no shortage of consumption, because potatoes are a mass product,"…

Andrew George with EarthFresh discusses dynamics in the potato sector

“It’s more important than ever to be located close to customers”

During the beginning of the pandemic, there was unprecedented demand for potatoes. Consumers were buying and stockpiling them at home. “As the pandemic progressed, we continued to see a strong demand for all types of potatoes as they became a staple item that would be used when cooking at home,” says…

University of Pretoria

Researchers boost nutritive benefits of sweet potato with novel drying technology

Researchers at the University of Pretoria (UP) have found a way to make orange-fleshed sweet potato last longer in an effort to benefit from this smart crop and address…

Altena Potatoes takes digitization step

"It took a few years to build a nice export market client base for large Agria potatoes"

Five years ago, the Dutch company Altena Potatoes relocated. "That move was the best thing we did. We had too little time and space at the old premises; it was time for a new step. Now, we'll be running double production within a year and have all the facilities to further prepare the company for the…

Mike de Koster, WDK Onions

"Efforts fully focused on bringing in the onions"

"We're currently fully focused on bringing in the onion harvest," Mike de Koster of the Dutch company WDK Onions told us last week. "The last time it started raining, we thought it would be okay. But then it kept on and rained a lot." If all went well, they would have gotten all the onions off the land…

Potato Market Update 21st September

Irish growers very concerned about energy costs for storing crops

Irish potato consumption and demand continue to return to pre-pandemic levels; the current cost of living crisis is certainly influencing consumption also. Demand for queens…

"Optical grading has had a future for years"

The Smart Grader is an optical grader that uses advanced camera technology. It sorts by size, shape, and visible characteristics like cracks, green areas, bumps, and scab and wireworm damage. "It's the best way to grade potatoes and onions," says Wouter Blok of the Dutch company GeJo Grading. "In seed…

PIP Innovations

Dutch potato processor designs slicer that proves to be surprisingly multifunctional

PEKA Kroef is a potato processor in the Netherlands, and, as such, it saw that the potato slicing process needed to be optimized and its efficiency improved. "The market didn't have a machine that could cut the black spots off potato slices," Bart Kroef begins. "So we thought, why not design one…

Oregon State University

Oregon State and partners will receive $50 million grant to develop climate-smart potatoes

Oregon State University has been awarded a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with farmers and Native American Tribes on cropping practices that can enhance soil health and reduce the carbon footprint of the Pacific Northwest potato industry. Oregon State University is…

Innovative biological sensor detects hidden disease in potatoes

During the process of rotting, caused by microorganisms, plants emit various volatile organic compounds into their surrounding environment, which can be monitored for early…

Steffen Gurak, site manager of Groka/Grove Hanover, on the regional availability of goods:

"Large-caliber potatoes are hard to come by right now"

The supply of domestic potatoes and onions is gradually expanding, in parallel with the new harvest. However, the lack of precipitation as well as the persistent drought are currently putting extreme pressure on domestic growers. "We do not have concrete figures on the yield losses at the moment, across…

Two-year study by Boise State University and University of Idaho

Wildfire Smoke’s Influence on potato crops under study

A two-year study by Boise State University and University of Idaho probes how wildfire smoke affects potato crops and seeks to identify smoke-resilient potato varieties. Farmers know potato crops grown during seasons of heavy, extended wildfire smoke generally have smaller yields and worse quality. Past…

Cyprus prepares to register ‘red soil potato’ as a Protected Designation of Origin product

The government of Cyprus is preparing an official request to register the island’s second most important agricultural product, the Cyprus red soil potato, as a PDO (Protected…

Potato supplies might be tight in North America

The potato harvest is underway in Canada and according to some sources the yields could be decent, but some are concerned about a shortfall of potatoes in Canada and the US.…

Rinus Wisse, Wiscomex:

“With these prices, the Dutch onion market could do with a little realism"

There are presently mixed emotions in the Dutch onion market. With prices of €0.34 to €0.36 for medium and large grading, many growers see the season as bright. "It's quite busy everywhere. But things are threatening to go awry in places because not all buyers can keep up with the last few weeks'…

Davide Martelli of the Consorzio Patata di Bologna DOP

"Because of elaterids and weather, potato yields dropped by 40 percent"

It's time for a balance sheet for the PDO Potato of Bologna Dop consortium. President Davide Martelli, reached by phone while on the tractor tilling the land, sounds disheartened. "Due to the high temperatures and the incidence of elaterids, we have had up to 40 percent lower yields of potatoes in our…

Ben Bredek, 3 Point Potatoes:

"Deep red Baltic Fire potatoes hold up very well against the heat"

3 Point Potatoes is introducing Baltic Fire potatoes exclusively to the Dutch market. "These deep red-skinned, yellow-fleshed potatoes are scab resistant and need less nitrogen to grow than common potatoes in the same segment," says Ben Bredek. This trading company has a trial field right near its office…

Potato breeder Jan-Eric Geersing about the potato breeding program

"With our latest variety innovations, we have been able to tap into the German market as well"

The new organic table potato Cammeo from Dutch potato breeder Geersing was one of the eye-catchers at this year's Weuthen Potato Day. With this and other highly resistant and visually striking new registrations, the potato breeder has managed to open up the German market. Managing Director Jan-Eric…

Europlant announces new registrations: Dreamstime

New, high-performance varieties presented in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

EUROPLANT presented new and high performing varieties at potato field days in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. EUROPLANT was able to welcome more than a thousand potato…

Lindert Moerdijk, MSP Onions

"Healthy Dutch onion market off to a flying start"

This year bode well for the Dutch onion sector, what with high prices and good demand this early in the season. "The sector needed that too. Processors haven't earned anything for a long time. They're now, finally, managing to make some profit. Also, a bit of extra buying/selling space should reflect the…

Kicking off fall onion season in the Northwest

Syracuse, Utah-based Onions 52 has officially kicked off its fall onion season in Washington state and Utah. With demand for new crop onions exceedingly high, it has been a busy start to the season. “Harvest is in full swing in Washington state and we will begin storing onions in early September for our…

FreshPlaza's September Global Focus on Onions and Potatoes

In September FreshPlaza will be focussing on onions and potatoes, are you a grower, importer or exporter of these products? We would love to hear from you. You can send us some information or we can call you for an interview, just let us know. You can contact info@freshplaza.com    MarketingWould you like to get…


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