Supporting growers affected by COVID-19

Vietnamese shop sells 200 tons of potatoes daily

In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, people are rushing to buy purple sweet potatoes in solidarity with the farmers who have been economically affected by the pandemic.…

Imports from outside the EU lead to losses for Murcia potato farmers

Spain: Potato prices forced down by imports and supermarkets

According to the COAG farmer’s union, the potato farming sector in the region of Murcia is reportedly facing its worst crisis in a decade, with agriculturalists unable to sell…

AHDB

Potato weekly - 11 June 2021

Maris Piper supplies continue to tighten, with less Scottish material available.

Market Commentary Packing Freebuy packing demand has generally been described as flat this week. Maris Piper supplies continue to tighten, with less Scottish material available. Although there seems more interest in Whites packing material and some reports of “okay” volumes, it has not fed through into prices…

Teun Paarlberg, G. Sevenhuijsen VOF:

"Onion export must meet demand, not our packaging capacity"

Dutch onions are entering into the last phase of the season. Teun Paarlberg of G. Sevenhuijsen says the end of the season has been reasonably dramatic. "We had predicted this. Between August and December you can have weekly export figures of 35,000 to 42,000 tonnes, but you can't expect the same in the…

France: potato purchases are down by 12.5% compared to 2020

The national interprofessional potato committee (CNIPT) has recently published the analysis of French household purchases. The data from Kantar (from April 19th to May 16th…

Growing potatoes and carrots on 269,000 acres Facebook

Bill Gates is America’s biggest farmer

Bill Gates, the co-founder and CEO of Microsoft Corporation, has been interested in agriculture for a while now. Believe it or not, this has led to Gates becoming America’s…

The Colruyt Group takes an indepth look at potatoes

Potatoes deliberately 'abused' in Belgium

It's easy to see a bruise on a person. Not so, on a potato. The bruises are under the product's skin and so not easily detected during processing. Science, however, has found a solution that gives the Belgian Colruyt Group a peek under potatoes' skins.  The Colruyt Group has a 0% tolerance for bruising. But,…

Potato harvest has started in Iraq and Kurdistan region

As the potato harvest in Iraq has started, staff of the Beirut Erbil Potato Processing Company - known for their potato chip brands Mito and Mr. Krisper - are working hard in…

Europatat Congress 2021

Possibilities and challenges that digitalisation can offer to all-size companies in the potato sector

On 10 June the European potato community virtually gathered for the Europatat Congress 2021. Under the slogan “Stay connected – new strategies for the potato sector”, the…

Kenyan government begins crackdown on unregistered potato traders

Unregistered Irish potato traders in Kenya will have to be very careful from now on. On Wednesday, the Kenyan government announced it has launched a massive crackdown to…

Excellent prices for Italian early onions

The fact that only a small number of onions were sown in autumn means that they are fetching excellent prices. This was confirmed by Michael Valmori, a grower from Emilia Romagna (Imola area) who planted 16 hectares. "We have just completed the harvest, and after some time in the field to decrease…

Belarus able to help Russia with potato supplies if necessary

According to Belarusian Deputy Agriculture and Food Minister Aleksei Bogdanov, Belarus is ready to help Russia with potato supplies. His comment came in response to a recent…

Market and Crop Update for June 10, 2021

California: Onion harvest officially started June 4 in Kern County

MARKETCalifornia, New Mexico and North Carolina:Matt Murphy with L&M Cos in Raleigh, NC, reported to us June 9, saying, “Boy, we have a lot going on. I just returned from a…

Stakeholders urge Nigerian government to tackle onions supply to the south

Agricultural stakeholders have appealed to the Nigerian government to look into the plan by the Onions Farmers Association to block supply of onions to the southern parts of…

Anyone for sweetpotato ice cream?

Sweet potato ice cream is served to more than 1000 people at the nation’s annual Hort Connections event in Brisbane. The ice cream, developed by Research and Development…

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Canadian Potato storage holdings June 1, 2021

June 1 potato stocks are 20.7% below 3-year averages

June 1 potato stocks in Canada are 20.7% below 3-yr. averages at 14.9 million hundred weight versus 18.8 million hundred weight in previous years. With 4,000,000 cwt. less potatoes available to reach the end of the marketing year, this would be one of the lowest recorded stocks on hand for June. Both…

Onion prices in Uttar Pradesh have surged

Onion prices in Uttar Pradesh have surged; the price of onions in Gorakhpur has increased by 50% in one week. The prime reason behind the increase in onion prices is the heavy…

Vietnam: Purple sweet potato prices drop off again - after short increase

The price of purple sweet potatoes in Vinh Long and Dong Thap provinces had just increased from VND40,000-VND50,000 per 100 kgs to about VND200,000 per 100 kgs, but in the…

Chief minister Deb expresses concern over sudden rise in prices onions and potatoes

Tripura government demands actions against black marketeers of potatoes & onions

Tripura chief minister Deb has expressed serious concern over the sudden rise in prices of onions and potatoes. Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has made clear that the state…

Packing starts June 15

Walla Walla sweet onions are almost here

The 2021 Walla Walla Sweet Onion season is almost here. Keystone Fruit Marketing, a division of Progressive Produce, will start packing its sweet Walla Walla River Sweet Onions around June 15th and run until the third week in August. “We had a mild winter and excellent growing conditions, so we expect a…

Albacete will start its harvest after Andalusia and Murcia

Castile and Leon expect good potato productions this season

Castile and Leon have an estimated 17,331 hectares devoted to potato crops, according to the data provided by the Junta. This is 1,041 hectares less than last year, and a 5.6%…

Maharashtra and Karnataka lockdowns lead to increasing vegetable prices

The prices of onions and other vegetables sourced from Indian states like Maharashtra and Karnataka are rising due to regional lockdowns. The price of onions has shot up from…

High transport cost leads to increased onion prices across Kolkata retail markets

Onion prices are again going up, partly because of higher carrying costs from Nashik, Bellary or Akula, and partly because of the complete exhaustion of Bengal’s own…

Nigerian onion marketers threaten the South with supply stop

The Association of Onions Producers, Processors and Marketers of Nigeria (OPMAN), has threatened to stop the supply of onions to the entire Southern part of Nigeria, unless…

"Shipping costs account for nearly 60% of the price of onions exported from China to Europe"

Shipping costs are rising fast, while shipping is often delayed. In addition, the Chinese yuan is appreciating. These are the main challenges that the Chinese onion industry…

Deadline to apply for NI potato sector support is nearing

Northern Irish potato growers have until next week to apply to a financial support package, that has been extended due to the pandemic's impact on the sector. The £2 million…

“Organic D” farm, Ukraine

Vinnytsia region will export onions to Saudi Arabia

The “Organic D” farm from the Vinnytsia region of Ukraine plans to export onions to Saudi Arabia. Lead manager Vadim Krychkovsky said: “We cooperate with various companies…

"It is quite a challenge to supply a whole range of specialty onions all year."

Dutchman discusses nine years of growing, processing onions in Canada

It's been nine years since Bas Melissant and his family emigrated from the Netherlands to Canada. He bought a farm near Norwich and founded MEN's Farming Inc. It supplies specialty onions to the North American market. In this interview, he reflects on the move and building the company. "Emigrating to…

North Carolina: Innovative cooling method increases sweet potato profits

More than 100 operations across North Carolina now use negative horizontal ventilation to increase profits and shelf life of sweet potatoes for customers. This is a method of…

China to consider resumption of sweet potato & chili imports from Vietnam

China will consider resuming the importation of Vietnamese sweet potatoes and chilies. This was made public after an online conference held by the Ministry of Agriculture and…

Nyandarua county, Kenya

Police officers impound eight lorries loaded with too large bags of potatoes

Nyandarua county police officers have intercepted eight lorries carrying potatoes in extended bags contrary to Crops (Irish Potatoes) Regulations 2019. The lorries carrying…

Big demand for import potatoes in the Netherlands

It's a good season for import potatoes in the Netherlands. More people are cooking at home. That's undoubtedly contributing to this, as is the 'old' potatoes deteriorating…

Over N2.5 bln worth of onions burnt in a fire in Sokoto, Nigeria

More than 200,000 bags of onions -worth over N2.5 billion (€5 mln)- have been destroyed by fire at the Ramin Kura local onion storage facility in Sokoto State. President of…

Bangladesh will ease onion imports to increase supply

The government of Bangladesh is going to ease the import of onion to help enhance its supply, as a result of a recent surge in the prices pf the product in the domestic…

For the first time, Portuguese potatoes reach consumers with the Miss Tata brand

Porbatata, Associação da Batata de Portugal, has launched a campaign to promote Portuguese potatoes, reaching the market for the first time with the Miss Tata brand. At a time…

Sport Spuds

Organic ‘Sport Spuds’ might be game-changer for athletes

Atlanta is now home to Sport Spuds™; a new business founded by endurance athlete, entrepreneur and professional violinist Alison James. Emphasizing the “power of the potato,” Sport Spuds and its first-of-its-kind organic sports nutrition product line are the result of twelve years of hard work and…

Growers destroy potato and onion crops as Indore mandis shut

Indore growers have started destroying their potato and onion crops, which had started to rot due to closure of the main mandis. Farmers’ leader Bablu Jadhav, Narendra Singh…

The main destinations are the United States, Europe, and Bolivia

Peru expects an increase in potato exports in 2021

Peru's Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) projects the country's potato exports could reach $ 5 million this year. "In 2019, the country exported 815…

Lasalgaon APMC: Average wholesale price of onions up 37% in one week

In the past week, at Lasalgaon APMC, the average wholesale price of onions increased by 37%, as supply could not keep pace with the demand. The auction was stopped at all…

Wim Waterman, Waterman Onions, the Netherlands:

"There are chances to sort, package even more onions in the pre-Christmas period"

In the Netherlands, Wim Waterman of Waterman Onions wouldn't call it an upturn just yet. But, in the last week, the onion market has shown signs of recovery. "We really needed that. Margin-wise, it's been terrible for a long time. Farmers' prices were high, and the bale prices were too low. Export…

Kenya: Police arrest four people in Irish Potato Act crackdown

Kenyan police officers are continuing to crack down on potato growers and have arrested four people breaching the Irish potatoes regulation Act. Potato Regulation Act 2019…

Vidalia onion harvest helped by dry weather

Vidalia onions have benefitted from the dry conditions in the region of southeast Georgia, according to Pam Knox’s May 25 report on her University of Georgia climate blog.…

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Potato Weekly - 28 May 2021

UK coastal regions enjoyed uptick in potato trade

Some potato markets have been a little busier ahead of the bank holiday weekend. Coastal regions in particular have enjoyed an uptick in trade as the hospitality trade gears up for a long weekend. Forecast sunny and warm weather, following a cold wet period, could drive further domestic tourist movement.…

Tesco Ireland experiments with home-recyclable potato packaging

Tesco is getting ready to trial fully recyclable packaging for its 1kg new season potatoes. There will also be a reduction in the amount of paper used in its 2.5kg potato…

Spring planting update for Canadian potatoes

Canadian potato growers look forward to starting a new crop. Here’s the progress to date: Prince Edward Island: April planting conditions pointed towards an early spring but…

Ana López, of Cebollas Lolo:

"Spanish onion prices have plummeted"

The onion harvest is in full swing in the Spanish region of Andalusia. The earliest varieties have given way to the Medio Grano ones, which, thanks to their greater number of skin layers and better shelf life, are more suitable for export, precisely at a time when prices have recorded very concerning…

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots gives more information

Northern Ireland: £2 million Covid support scheme announced for potato growers

Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has announced more information on the £2 million financial support package for potato growers. The package has been granted…

Winter onion season Ukraine to start much later than last year

The Ukrainian season for winter onions will begin at least two weeks later this year than usual, analysts predict. The reason is unfavorable weather conditions in the main…

Netherlands Development Organisation SNV

Netherlands to extend €30 mln for agricultural activities in East Africa

Netherlands Development Organisation SNV plans to spend €30 million for the implementation of a climate change resilient agribusiness project in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.…

In 20 years the production area has fallen from 3,600 hectares to only 770

Potato loses ground in Cordoba

Producers will start harvesting potatoes in Cordoba in the coming weeks. The area devoted to this crop in this province has decreased considerably in the last two decades. According to official data…

In the north of Italy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna

Italian yellow onions planted in autumn are beginning to be harvested

The cold weather in April caused a slight delay in the harvesting of the Italian yellow onion, which started last week. It is a niche production, with less than 300 hectares throughout northern Italy, 80% of which between Veneto and Emilia Romagna. Freshly picked Sonic F1 yellow onion "This harvest is struggling…

Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture moves to boost onion production

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has distributed free anti-fungal chemicals to onion growers in Bauchi and Borno states to boost onion production. This in turn should…

The area devoted to potatoes in Castile and Leon decreased by 1,000 hectares this season

According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Rural Development, Castile and Leon have 17,331 hectares devoted to producing potatoes this season, i.e.…

Onion producers from La Mancha hope the price crisis does not frustrate their good expectations

The onion harvesting campaign will begin shortly in Castilla-La Mancha, where the onions currently enjoy good vegetative health despite the effects of the Fusarium fungus in…

Mexican potato industry might be putting up roadblocks

US-Mexico potato battle is not over yet

There was quite a lot of excitement on April 28, when US potato growers heard the decision by the Mexican Supreme Court to open up that nation to fresh potato exports from the…

Unexpected rainfall results in vegetable prices going up in Pune

It has been raining around Pune since last week. Cyclone Tauktae has managed to disrupt activities even more, in an area that was already disrupted by the pandemic. As a…

AHDB

Potato Weekly - 21 May 2021

Free-buy trade has been reportedly mixed this week

This week, free-buy trade has been reportedly mixed. Though for most, the consensus remains that free-buy demand has been lacklustre. Potato markets are yet to see large benefits from Monday’s reopening of indoor hospitality. However as we head towards June, hope remains for improved weather to boost…

Éric Delimbeuf, La Rebelle, Island of Ré:

“The early potato offer is very limited”

“The frost from a month ago has had a huge impact on the volumes of early potatoes,” explains Eric Delimbeuf of La Rebelle. The company based on the Island of Ré specializes in the marketing of early potatoes. “At the moment, the offer is very limited. At the same time, the early potatoes are highly…

Stoller

VigorSeed: fast and uniform germination of potato seeds

“VigorSeed is a product based on the Stoller technology which promotes the germination of seeds by improving the growth and development of roots for quicker planting. Using VigorSeed in the furrows when planting potato seeds will give your crop a head start, maximizing the chances of obtaining higher…

Rik Tanghe, RTL Patat:

“New Belgian potatoes' slow growth could cause fireworks in early July”

In Belgium, the new potatoes are slow to grow. "Growth is below the five-year average. When it's dry, you can irrigate. But when it's cold, and there's a north wind, growers can't do much," says Rik Tanghe of RTL Patat. "Fortunately, there's still sufficient supply of last season's potatoes. But things…

Native Andean potatoes: 'From forgotten crop to culinary boom and market innovation’

According to the authors of a new article, published in Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues. Andean native potatoes have become essential ingredients for…

IFA

Potato Market Update 19th May

Irish domestic consumption remains buoyant, retail demand remains strong

Domestic consumption remains buoyant and retail demand remains strong, especially with the colder weather we are experiencing for this time of the year. This cold snap is also affecting the growth of early and maincrops. Recent rainfall has helped in many parts of the country, but it is verging on being…

American Falls, Idaho

New Lamb Weston addition to make chopped, formed potato products

An expansive new addition to the local Lamb Weston plant will produce chopped and formed products such as potato patties and potato puffs. The new facility will commence with production in early 2022, and 70 additional workers will be hired to staff it. The original building was constructed in 1960 and…

Lindert Moerdijk, MSP Onions, the Netherlands:

"Optical sorting machine lets us exploit previously untapped market"

Dutch onions export figures don't lie - levels have been much lower since January already. Nevertheless, Lindert Moerdijk of MSP Onions isn't complaining about the current demand. "We have our hands full. We can sort onions optically now. So, we're tapping into a market where there was previously no…

Tasmanian-based business Agronico

Thriving on fertile Tasmanian soil and continuous improvement

Over three decades, Agronico has shifted its focus from an agriculture consultancy business to all things mini tubers and seed potatoes. The business is always aiming to improve and is currently working on a five-year plan to enhance customer experience, while offering world-class procedures and…

AHDB

March’s fresh and processed trade up on February figures

EU accounted for 97% of total UK fresh potato exports in March

Potato trade data as up to the end of March 2021 has now been released by HMRC. Figures show that in March, both fresh and processed exports increased from February’s totals. Fresh and processed imports also increased on the month, whereas March’s seed exports and import figures were down. ExportsTotal…

Peruvian potato cultivation stands for 34 million daily wages for producers

Potato cultivation has become an important driver of Peru’s regional and local economy in the producing areas. As explained by a Ministry of Agrarian Development and…

State of the Potato Industry Address

Sopia highlights South African potato industry's resilience

The South African potato industry recently hosted its very own State of the Potato Industry Address (Sopia), which entailed an overview of this vital sector and commodity.…

USJTA treatment for potatoes and potato products 2021

In 2020, the United States exported over $342 million of potatoes and potato products to Japan, making Japan the #1 overseas market for U.S. potatoes. Japan is a major…

Sam Dennigan & Company:

Increased fresh potato demand comfortably met with new Haith packing line

Some companies would struggle when responding to a sudden and unexpected increase in demand, but not Sam Dennigan and Company; this firm handled a 20% rise in orders with…

Mekong Delta farmers disappointed by falling sweet potato prices

A lot of agricultural products are displayed at reasonable prices in supermarkets and trade centers in Ho Chi Minh City whereas scores of vegetables and fruits are piled up…

US potato imports continuing to increase

According to Potatoes USA, a strong demand for potatoes and potato products, combined with tight domestic supplies continues to drive increases in imports for the current…

USDA proposes changes to handling regulations for some Irish potatoes grown in Idaho and Oregon

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces a proposed rule to change the handling regulations issued under the federal marketing order for Irish potatoes grown in certain…

Romanian farmers propose - National Strategic Potato Plan to save sector

The Romanian Farmers Club and the Romanian National Potato Federation propose to the authorities the implementation of a National Strategic Potato Plan, to save an economic…

The first Spanish new potatoes from Murcia and Andalusia reach the markets

Starting today, Patatas Melendez, Valladolid's leading company in the fresh potato sector, is offering fresh national potatoes in all supermarkets and through its company's website online store. The first new potatoes that now reach the distribution chains come from Murcia and Andalusia. Starting July,…

Belgian marketing board focuses on alternative ways to promote fries in Asia

On 22 March, the corona-safe 'The True Tastes of Belgium' event was held in Tokyo, Japan. This kicked off six hybrid food fairs. These were held in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and China. FIT (Flanders Investment and Trade) took the initiative in organizing these fairs. Belgian products were presented…

As well as 200,000+ pounds of carrots, cabbages, watermelons

Belize: New River Farmers produce 500,000 pounds of onions & potatoes

The New River Farmers Cooperative Society based along the New River in Orange Walk in the area of San Carlos and Indian Church produces carrots, potatoes and onions on some…

Easterdays sued for defaulting on loans on Tri-Cities onion & potato facilities

The day after the head of one of Washington State’s largest agriculture operations died in a head-on crash in December, four of his family’s commercial properties went into…

AHDB

Potato Weekly - 14 May 2021

UK trade mixed - Maris Piper continues to be most desired variety for packing and processing

Rain has certainly arrived across the country bringing much needed moisture to parched land. Although for some, it is now verging on too much. Sunshine and warmth is now desired to raise soil temperatures in order to boost crop development. Trade has been somewhat mixed, with Maris Piper continuing to be…

McCain says western Victoria powerline project might jeopardize potato production

A high capacity powerline proposed through one of Victoria’s top food bowls has upset McCain managers: the food giant warns that more than 60,000 tons of annual potato crop is…

CIP works with Kenyan Arifu company to digitize existing GAPs for sweet potatoes

Digital technologies keep farmers productive during COVID 19

The COVID 19 pandemic has made more clear than ever the need for and role of digital technologies to strengthen and scale innovations to assist smallholders farmers and other value chain actors. At the onset of the pandemic in 2020, movement restrictions and the cycles of lockdowns in different countries…

Tsirang district, Bhutan

Local Tsirang leaders want import of vegetables controlled

Otherwise known as the vegetable centre of Bhutan, Tsirang imports at least 5 tons of vegetables a week. According to the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority…

Potatoes left to rot at Yeshwantpur Market due to Covid lockdown

The closures of hotels, chip shops and the cancelling of all events have left Bengaluru potato traders severely affected. As a result, several hundred tons of potatoes that…

Russian onion prices low and stalled - unlike prices in Ukraine

At the beginning of this week, price for the onions from the 2020 harvest in Ukraine started to increase gradually. Today, they arrived at $ 0.16-0.25/kg, while the range of…

AHDB kicks off process to end horticulture and potato levies

Around 140 people who work at AHDB could be made redundant if government ministers give the go-ahead to end the horticulture and potato levies. The levy organisation has…

FDA releases investigation report following 2020 salmonella outbreak linked to red onions

“The FDA has been working with the CDC, state partners and Canadian officials to investigate the largest Salmonella Newport outbreak in over a decade, which was linked to red…

Robert Voskamp (Vitaal Europe) about multi-faceted sweet potato market:

"Bar small sizes, shrivelled sweet potato market"

The current sweet potato market is multi-faceted. That's according to Robert Voskamp of Vitaal Europe in the Netherlands.  "We're one of the few that still have Egyptian arrivals. Most have been off the market for a while. At this time of year, the American supply declines somewhat. That's because the quality's…

'Threefold fall in Estonian potato cultivation in past decade'

Potato growing in Estonia has seen a three-fold decline in the past decade, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported Tuesday. Farmers are blaming the unprofitability of…

European potato market (week 19)

Netherlands: sustained higher quotations

European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Potatoes for processing: sustained markets thanks to the demand for processing (several active buyers), and export (to Southern Europe, England, Eastern Europe (including Ukraine)), and due to the weather not being…

AHDB - UK domestic potato market update – May 2021

Demand across the UK sectors last month continued to be mixed. April saw a small pickup in bags demand, though packing and processing demand remained steady and relatively…

Early export Acoustic-potatoes from Israel to the European continent was successful"

Today’s world asks for robust and sustainable potato varieties. Therefore, Meijer Potato introduces a new robust generation of varieties. In particular, the demand is rising for the promising table variety Acoustic:  It is adaptive to climate & soil, producing a high marketable yield. Being late blight resistant, it’s…

Food tech startup produces shelf-stable foods that don’t need freezing or refrigeration

Farther Farms, a food tech startup with Cornell roots. Its innovative sterilization technology produces shelf-stable foods that don’t need freezing or refrigeration. Their…

Global onion trade moves online

The 2000’s kicked off the cloud computing revolution in technology companies by introducing a pay-as-you-go model for web services, which significantly lowered the entry barrier and increased the scalability for new technology companies – and so the “startup” era began. Soon after, a flood of e-commerce platforms and…

Freight rates becoming a concern

Another season of strong demand anticipated for Vidalias

Following the April 19 start to the Vidalia onion season, supplies are currently abundant. “We’re in our fresh season as harvest continues and we have all sizes available,” says Cliff Riner, crop Research and development manager for G&R Farms based in Glennville, GA. “We are also storing Jumbos and some…

US potato exports face many challenges

U.S. potato exports have faced a great deal of adversity in the current marketing year (July 2020 – June 2021).  Demand for frozen potato products declined precipitously in the spring of 2020, and this lower level of demand carried over through the first quarter of the marketing year (July – September 2020).…

Maine potato growers focus on drought resistant varieties

The Maine Potato Board has stated that the drought conditions from last year resulted in a potato crop yield that was down 20 percent state-wide. Mike Hart, director of sales…

70% of Andalusian production is destined for export

The new potato from Andalusia reaches the markets superseding the conservation potato

Producers from Andalusia started to harvest the new early potato at the end of April, mainly in the province of Seville, but also in farms in Cordoba, Cadiz, and Huelva. These…

South African potato consumption doubles in 10 years

At the inaugural State of the Potato address, new Potatoes SA CEO Willie Jacobs told delegates that South Africans have eaten twice as many potatoes over the past decade. "Despite the rising input costs, unstable weather conditions resulting from climate change, and the overall uncertainty brought about…

McCain Foods Ltd

Much-awaited ‘McCain Smiles’ back in Australia

Known by many and loved by all – McCain Foods ‘Smiles’ are back in Australia – this time in mini form. Take your tastebuds back in time with all the nostalgia feels of an Aussie family favorite, twelve years since production ceased. Gone but not forgotten, consumers across the country have inundated…

Potato supplier R.S. Cockerill still growing, together with Aldi

Yorkshire potato farm R.S. Cockerill is celebrating 30 years of a successful partnership with Aldi. The Dunnington-based farm started supplying potatoes to the supermarket…

United Potato Growers of Canada

Canadian potato storage holdings May 1 2021

Total Canadian potato storage holdings 12.5% below 3-year average on May 1st

Total Canadian Potato Storage Holdings on May 1, 2021 are 12.5% below the 3-year average, or almost 4,000,000 hundred weight less. Eastern Image: United Potato Growers of Canada  Canada leads the decline with 14.6% less potatoes in storage than 3-yr. averages. Stocks on hand are above 3-yr. averages in the…

Egyptian red onion season underway, yellow onion season was problematic

The Egyptian onion season hasn’t gone to plan so far. The yellow varieties did not do well on the market, with one exporter claiming they’ve only exported 20% of the stocks and will have to resort to the local market. The season for red onions has started as well, and due to a successful season with high…

AHDB’s jacket spud campaign a social success

Brits have shown their love for the humble spud, with our latest jacket potato campaign receiving over 55.3 million social impressions during the six-week period. The New…

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Potato Weekly - 07 May 2021

Cold and wet weather means Bank Holiday weekend did not see much demand

Mixed responses for demand this week, with some reporting good free-buy movement. However, others reported that demand has run out of steam a little since the opening of hospitality in April. The widespread cold and wet weather in the UK meant the Bank Holiday weekend did not energise much demand throughout…

Linwood Crops

Linwood’s Chef’s Taste:

‘Setting out to change how consumers buy fresh potatoes’

A Cambridgeshire potato business has stated that it is setting out to change how consumers buy fresh potatoes. Chef’s Taste is an established fresh potato range used by chefs in the UK’s premium restaurants. Devised by Linwood Crops, Chef’s Taste presents the perfect potato for each culinary purpose:…

Gallatin Valley

Montana farmers weather COVID and potato viruses

In the US, COVID travel restrictions and lockdowns meant that people ate fewer French fries in 2020. This caused potato farms to reduce the amount of potatoes planted for…

United Potato Growers of Canada

'Demand for French fries, potato chips and table potatoes back to normal'

Potato acreage in Canada will not be officially reported until early July, so it is often helpful to take an early look at industry projections across the country. The…

Major supplier Hermann-Josef Jansen about the current onion market

"Massive drop in peeled product, sales of unpeeled onions at normal level"

At the beginning of the Corona crisis in March 2020, onions - like potatoes and carrots - were among the hotly sought-after hamster items on the shelf. In the meantime, the market has returned to normal and sales of raw onions are at about the usual level. Due to the lack of demand in the catering and…

Scotland develops a taste for chips from Northern Ireland

During the pandemic, the has been a distinct growth in home cooking, in turn resulting in more families in Northern Ireland picking up packs of local potatoes for meals. Angus…

Dutch Wiscomex's been exporting onions, potatoes, garlic for more than a year

"With a super-efficient IT set-up, you can do a lot of solo trading"

There aren't many new businesses in the Dutch onion trade. But, Rinus Wisse has been running Wiscomex as an export office for more than a year now. Its slogan is 'Connecting Commodities'. "I concentrate primarily on trading onions, potatoes, and garlic, in that order. And with a focus on overseas…

Channel trouble: Jersey blockade threatens potato shortage

Farmers on Jersey island warn that a protest by French fisherman could delay shipments to the UK. The blockade at Jersey’s port St Helier might disrupt exports of Jersey Royal…

Onion farmers in Panama block the Pan-American Highway to demand the government buys their products

On Wednesday, May 5, onion producers from Nata, in the province of Cocle, blocked the Pan-American highway for approximately three hours to demand that the country's…

Potatoes South Africa calls for increased partnerships between commercial, small-scale producers

The South African potato industry is appealing to stakeholders to form more partnerships to drive growth and transformation. Potatoes South Africa (PSA) CEO Willie Jacobs has…

Leon Kranenburg:

"Tough potato exports, new Dutch season hinges on COVID-19"

Potato exports are currently struggling. That's according to Leon Kranenburg of the Dutch potato trading and sorting company of the same name. "We were busy last year. But…

Auragricola

Italian bunching onions still available on the European markets

"The bunching onion winter campaign has been positive - we are pleased with the quantities handled and the considerable presence on the European markets. In previous years, exports usually ended in mid-March but, this year, we are still supplying the German and French markets with small quantities, as their domestic…

McDonald's in New Zealand sources its onions locally

McDonald's restaurants throughout New Zealand and Australia, source their onions locally, in the mighty Waikato and Franklin district to be exact. Ever since Aotearoa's very…

New onions, cabbages and cherries are Uzbekistan’s most exported produce

Uzbekistan exporters have been actively increasing the supply and range of fruits and vegetables of the new harvest in the past two weeks. At this time, Uzbekistan already…

Ulster Farmers’ Union welcomes support package for potato growers

The Ulster Farmers’ Union will finally receive some much needed support for its members who were impacted following the collapse of the Northern Ireland (NI) processing potato…

Switzerland: So PotatOh! continues to grow

In June 2020, Terralog ag launched the So PotatOh! product line, a healthy, fresh and delicious way to eat potatoes. One year later, the Bern-based potato specialist is taking stock as the original goals have been largely exceeded. 2020 review: release on the marketJust a year ago, the So PotatOh!…

Francesco Romano (RO.GR.AN) commented on the situation

The climate facilitates the export of new potatoes from southern Italy

These are difficult weeks for growers in the southern Italian region of Apulia. This has everything to do with the frost in April. Yet it has also had a positive effect on crop sales and exports. This is true for new potatoes from Salento. "We started harvesting the potatoes grown under polytunnels in…

Canada

Significant interest for Alberta-grown sweet potatoes

One Canadian grower is hoping to build a new industry for the province of Alberta: sweet potatoes. Currently, the Western Canadian province does grow potatoes already. But Stephanie Lessner of Alberta Sweet Potatoes based in Jenner, AB is focusing on supplying sweet potatoes more locally--rather than…

Jesus Berdusan is the new president of the DO regulatory council

Fuentes de Ebro may produce nearly 5 million kilos of onions this season

The regulatory council of the Denomination of Origin Cebolla de Fuentes de Ebro has renewed its presidency by appointing Jesus Berdusan as their new president. Berdusan, who…

European potato market (week 18)

Netherlands: Clearly higher quotations last week

European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Potatoes for processing: very firm markets. Many factories are buying, in addition to the demand for export to southern Europe (Spain, Portugal) or Ukraine. Supply is low, due to the work in the fields, the low free…

Potato still America’s favorite vegetable - Fifth year in a row

According to the 2021 Consumer Attitudes and Usage study, conducted annually by Potatoes USA, consumers primarily choose foods based on their flavor, freshness and value. Consumers appreciate potatoes’ versatility, how filling they are and the fact that they may be eaten in many ways.  Every year, Potatoes…

Farther Farms creates new French fry, to 'make food go farther'

Farther Farms, based in Rochester, NY, is a high-growth food technology start-up working to solve one of today’s challenges: how to make food go farther. The company started…

Iran: Annual exports of potatoes up 83%

Iran’s year-on-year potato exports increased by 83 percent in the past Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20).  Director Hossein Asghari of the Iranian Agriculture Ministry announced…

Potato growers Northern Ireland to receive Covid-19 financial aid

Potato growers from Northern Ireland whose incomes have been directly impacted by the pandemic will be eligible for financial aid. The support package will contribute towards…

Potatoes USA

January - March 2021 retail sales: a year after unparalleled growth

Potato sales for Q3 (January – March 2021) of Marketing Year 2021 have caught up to the changed buying habits that the pandemic brought about. March 2020 was an unprecedented…


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