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Potatoes and Onions

Mexico keeps its borders closed to US potatoes

The United States has not ended its attempts to open Mexico's borders to their fresh potatoes. As a result, Mexican potato producers continue to defend the closing of the…

Pakistan: National Assembly concerned about low returns for potato farmers

The National Assembly’s standing committee for National Food Security has expressed reservations over low return to the farmers gain from the potato crop, ARY News reported on…

India’s onion exports rise 18%

India's onion exports during the first eight months of the current financial year have increased by 18% to 1.35 million tons, earning foreign currency worth Rs 20.23 billion (€251 mln). Maharashtra, a major onion exporting state, has recorded a marginal rise of 1% at 782,000 tons, earning foreign currency worth Rs 12.14 billion…

Market Report Austria KW 08/2019

Potato storages emptying rapidly, stable market situation on the onion market

The marketing of Austrian table potatoes is progressing rapidly. Rarely have there been thoughts so early in the year about the end of the marketing of food stuffs from the…

Ethylene to delay the germination of onions

Since 2003, the British company Restrain has been developing ethylene generators and rents them for the whole season to producers of tomatoes, onions and potatoes. This technology from the Netherlands is now sold in 36 countries. The mechanics of the generator are relatively simple: the heat produced by…

Nyandarua County

Kenya: German firm to set up seven potato packing plants

The potato sector in Nyandarua county has received a major boost after an international German firm has committed to set up seven potato pack houses. The officials of BASF, a leading chemical company,  visited Nyandarua governor Francis Kimemia, where they pledged to support the project estimated to cost over…

New potato processing facility underway

Egypt: Nile Food Industries Company awaits potato factory licenses

The Egyptian Nile Food Industries Company is planning to invest EGP 10 million (€503,000) in a new potato processing factory next year. Production capacity at the factory is expected to reach 1,000 tons annually. Mahmoud Hendy, the CEO of the company, said that the company is waiting for the licenses. He added that…

Onion Market and Crop Update for February 21, 2019

"Volume out of Mexico picked up this week“

Market News Wisconsin: Doug Bulgrin with Gumz Farms in Endeavor told us Feb. 20 the market and pricing are steady there. He also described a “somewhat limited supply of medium…

Coskun Eren on the upcoming stonefruit season

“I love a good rivalry, rivals push you to improve yourself”

The stonefruit season in Turkey is about to start and for one particular exporter the hopes are the upcoming season will be one that defines them. With Spain as a strong competitor, the Turkish company aims to improve itself in every way possible. For Turkish exporter Eren Tarim, the upcoming season is met with…

Custom design is part of the service

US: Rietveld Equipment offers in-stock parts and equipment

With several generations’ experience in onion production passed along to him and more than two decades of onion/garlic equipment distribution across the United States, John Rietveld of Rietveld Equipment is adding a new facet to his service: Equipment and parts on hand, eliminating lag time for…

Russia: No brown rot in Dutch seed potatoes

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhodnadzor) will allow the import of Dutch seed potatoes. These imports concern the batches of…

"Increased export of Chinese onions won't lead to expansion of plantations"

"The export volume of onions remained stable during Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019]. There was no sudden increase of demand. Market supply is dominated by late-season onions. The supply of peeled onions is already finished, and other onions are approaching the end of their season as well."…

Belgapom introduces its ambassador for Belgian fries in Mexico during the economic mission

During the Belgian economic mission led by Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid, the Belgian potato sector featured prominently in the large delegation representing the Belgian food sector under the banner: ‘Food.be, small country, great food’. Sharply increasing export of Belgian frozen fries to Mexico Belgium is the…

Agrico Quality Center officially opened

Last Friday, potato cooperative Agrico celebrated the official opening of its new quality centre, which was built behind their head office at industrial zone De Munt in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, in the past year. Speech of mayor Harald Bouman To monitor and increase the quality of their potatoes, Agrico built a quality centre. In…

TOP 10 countries regarding potato exports

Germany in third place with world market share of 8.9%

The Netherlands has a world market share of more than 18% for the export of raw potatoes in 2017 - as with many other agricultural products. In second and third place are other EU countries: France and Germany with almost 14% and 9% share of the world's export of potatoes, which amounted to 3.8 billion…

Trials in Germany and the Netherlands reveal significant additional yield after treatment

Agroplanta publishes pleasing results of the Custosem K system for potato cultivation

The company agroplanta GmbH & Co. KG has approved the results of their cropping system in potato cultivation, starting with the tuber treatment CUSTOSEM® K. Numerous attempts in recent years have convinced experts in both Germany and the Netherlands. "The use of the system leads to additional yields…

Japan: Onions that make you laugh

Everybody knows that peeling onions often results in shedding tears. But this could become a thing of the past thanks to the work of a Japanese company. Indeed, the company House Foods announced…

Unprecedented volume

Spain: Mercabarna expects to market close to 15 million calçots

Mercabarna wholesalers specialized in the sale of calçots (a type of spring onion) expect to sell a 5% greater volume than in the previous campaign and reach the 15 million units sold; an unprecedented volume for this wholesale market. There has been a good production, despite the rains in autumn, and…

Kenya: Nyandarua County potato shortage crisis

An acute shortage of potatoes has hit Nyandarua County, a top producer of the tubers, where normally between 33 and 35 percent of the total Kenyan potato yield comes from. The…

‘Eco-friendly’ fungus capsules to fight wireworm pest

The EU-funded INBIOSOIL project has developed an eco-friendly method to control wireworm in potatoes. The method can be used in conventional and organic systems. It uses…

Saudi Arabia’s ban on Egyptian onions may affect market in Ukraine, Russia and the EU

In the second half of January, Saudi Arabia imposed a ban on the supply of onions from Egypt after analyzing selected product samples to control pesticide residues. Accordingly, since January 18, deliveries of onions from Egypt to Saudi Arabia have stopped, although the Egyptian government claimed that…

Nigel Haith from the Haith Group:

‘2019 set to be another challenging year for potato growers’

Certainly, 2018 has been a challenging a year for British growers and farmers. With political uncertainty, regulatory change and extreme weather, growers got more than they…

Adriaan van Belzen, Daily Onions:

"Few winners and a lot more competition on the onion market this year"

Last week, onion export figures again reached the 12.000-ton mark. "Not fantastic but, on the other hand, not non-existent," says Adriaan van Belzen of the Dutch company, Daily Onions. "The overseas demand is very limited. Israel is asking for onions. The demand from the United Kingdom is quite good. Eastern Europe is…

Despite a poor harvest, supply is secure

Smallest potato harvest since Reunification

The potato harvest in Germany in 2018, despite a fairly high acreage, fell to its lowest level since 1989. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the 2018…

Bio Kartoffel Erzeuger e. V.:

"Potatoes have lower water content, but important ingredients are retained"

Stock potatoes that are now on the market are often a bit softer than usual. This is due to the hot summer of 2018. But the quality of the tubers are not affected by this,…

Stronger pricing and less supply of NC sweet potatoes

The domestic sweet potato market is likely facing a supply shortage in the coming months. “The industry as a whole is expecting a shortage in the sweet potato crop that’s in storage due to the hurricane this past season in North Carolina,” says Charlotte Vick of Wilson, NC-based Vick Family Farms. “Our farm’s inventory…

North Carolina SweetPotato Commission announces new board of directors

The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission (NCSPC) has announced a new slate of members to its board of directors. Elections were held during the North Carolina SweetPotato…

Kenya: National Police Service to bridge gap in seed potato production

Kenya’s National Police Service (NPS) has joined potato seedling production to address the gap in supply of certified seeds in the country. While mandated by law to address…

Potatoes New Zealand to continue work after potato mop-top virus find

In a recent Update newsletter to the industry, Communications and Engagement Officer at Potatoes NZ, Gemma Carroll, writes that the 2018-2019 Summer Season in that country is…

Tasmania supplies majority of Australia's French fries

Tasmania is the French fries capital of Australia. Six out of every ten of the tasty, golden-brown chips are grown and processed in this state. Water Minister Guy Barnett and Harvest Moon's…

Shorter crops put heat on domestic onion supplies

The North American onion supply is steady for now, but on the brink of shifting. “In the Northwest, red and yellow onion supply is very good but supply on white onions is quite short,” says John Harris of Fort Morgan Co.-based Paradigm Fresh. Overall, the white onion market looks slim. Harris notes the Mexican crop will likely be…

Condifresco presents fermented onions and shallots

A combination of organic fermented garlic, shallots and onions (from Montoro) will be officially presented at Biofach in Nuremberg by Condifresco. The packaging of Tris Nero is made of recyclable recycled plastic.  The three black products have balsamic, sugary and liquorice notes as well as hints of underbush and porcini mushrooms, they are…

Post-Brexit

UK potato experts working to keep buyers on side

Potato sector officials say they’re working together to make sure key seed potato buyers in countries like Egypt, Morocco and Israel, get the right post-Brexit messages…

India: Low prices still haunt onion growers in Maharashtra

Onion prices in Maharashtra are plummeting following a bumper arrival of early kharif crop onions. Arrivals are said to be three times larger than they were last year. By end of trading on Wednesday, the price fell as low as ₹200 (€2.46) per 100 kg and the modal price to ₹430 (€5.29) per 100 kg. At the Lasalgaon wholesale…

Bart and Ruben Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve

“New convenience concept should bring the younger generation back to potatoes"

“Younger people are eating fewer and fewer fresh potatoes. Pre-cooked or processed products are still popular. The product, directly from nature, is not well-loved among the younger generation", say Bart and Ruben Nemegheer of the Belgian company, De Aardappelhoeve. “We want to get younger people eating potatoes again.…

Maine legislators promote potato industry in US trade with China

Maine legislators have joined a bipartisan group, asking that the US potato industry be considered in trade negotiations with China. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and…

Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association elects new boards

At a meeting held immediately following the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) Annual Meeting on February 7 in Stevens Point, the WPVGA Board of…

NZ: Potato season looking good across South Canterbury region

The early potato harvests are looking good for New Zealand’s South Canterbury. According to  Potatoes NZ technical manager, Iain Kirkwood, it looks to become an average season. Heavy rain pre-Christmas resulted in some Black Leg and Powdery Scab in crops. However, this has not proved a problem in Canterbury where between 50%…

Potato brand supports 'Food as Medicine' movement

Side Delights® potato brand said it supports the growing 'Food as Medicine' and plant-based menu movement to help treat and prevent chronic illness. Naturally plant-based,…

Shortage of seed potatoes might limit growth of potato area

In all countries of the NEPG, the actual stocks of consumption potatoes are lower than last year, and they’re also lower than the five-year average. The total harvest of 2018…

Danny Deen (Denimpex) takes international onion tour

"Overseas onions quite large, but of good quality"

Danny Deen of the Dutch company, Denimpex, has been in the overseas onion import business since the '70s. Recently, he went on his annual tour. "Europe has not found itself in this situation since 2007. There are low yields of mainly smaller sizes. A large part of the crops that were treated with MH 30 did not…

Market Report Austria KW 06/2019:

'High-priced premium potatoes'

The Austrian table potato market started without many changes in February. The readiness of the farmers to deliver is there. Given the stable price level and the rapid physiological aging of the…

15th International Berlin Potato Evening:

Despite challenges - good mood in the potato industry

For the 15th International Berlin Potato Evening, the German Potato Trade Association (DKHV) welcomed over 450 guests from 15 countries, as well as more than 190 companies and associations. The Berlin Hilton on the Gendarmenmarkt provided the perfect setting for all the discussions between these industry…

Philippines: Sweet potato farmers need access to more tech

According to the International Potato Center (CIP), the sweet potato industry in the Philippines is not pushing out processing technology to the farm level. Also, in many…

The largest potato distribution center in Southwest China settles in Zhaotong

Recently, the “Huafu Cold Chain Logistics Warehousing and Trading Center” project, the largest potato distribution center in Southwest China, started construction in the Yidi…

British potatoes triumph over imported sweet potatoes

After a two decade decline in volume sales and increasing rivalry from its sweet imported counterpart, it appears things are turning round. Not only have volume sales of…

US: Trial set for potato broker charged with stealing $700K from farmers

An eight-day trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday for the 54-year-old former Stevens Point business owner, accused of defrauding several farms and trucking companies. Thomas Lundgren, the…

Boise metropolitan area - Idaho

McCain Foods again eyes property in Caldwell

After plans to build a large facility in Caldwell fell through last year, McCain Foods USA, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of frozen potato products, is again eyeing property in the city of Caldwell in Idaho. Caldwell is considered part of the Boise metropolitan area. McCain Foods was considering a 17-acre…

New Zealand: World Potato Markets’ interesting picture for processors

Of note in the recent World Potato Markets January issue was the news from the Chinese Market. There is a clear picture of growth and demand for imported processed potatoes. China has…

Dr Peter VanderZaag:

Potato 'Revolution' underway in China

Dr Peter VanderZaag, of Sunrise Potato in Ontario, who has been working in China for the past 33 years, was the keynote speaker last week at Manitoba Potato Production Days in Brandon. He surprised his audience with the announcement that ‘a potato "revolution" is underway in China.‘ "They [China] now produce 20 times more potatoes…

Oregon

Brake fire bakes potatoes

The brakes on a semi-truck pulling a trailer full of sweet potatoes overheated and sparked a fire Tuesday night on Interstate 5 near Central Point, Oregon, causing flames to spread to the trailer and burn a sizeable hole in the side. The incident happened just north of exit 33 in the northbound lanes. The vehicle's unidentified male driver…

Kenyan outlets reel from acute shortage of Irish potatoes

Kenya’s culinary establishments are reeling from an acute shortage of Irish potatoes. The Agriculture Ministry puts the supply gap at 1.7 million tons. The deficit has pushed up the price of the commodity by at least 25 per cent. Hotels and households turn to imports. Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri said…

Belize: Crisis looms again for the potato industry

Farmers across Belize are at this time harvesting their potatoes. However, some say a crisis is looming ahead. That is because the market has been saturated with contraband potatoes and local farmers may have to sell their harvest at below average cost. Deputy Party Leader of the People’s United Party, Jose Aberlardo…

Canada: Manitoba potato growers battling storage woes

A tough harvest has moved to a challenging storage season for Manitoba potato growers. This is somewhat frustrating, because growers were looking at a bumper crop, forecast to be the third largest harvest on record. They were denied that by rains that delayed harvest and hard frosts that hit in…

Good season for Cipolla Bianca di Margherita IGP despite the bad weather

"We have been taking part in Fruit Logistica for many years. Our stand will try to convey the characteristics of the territory where Pgi onions grow and the relevant manual production techniques," explains Giuseppe Castiglione, president of Consorzio della Cipolla Bianca di Margherita IGP who will attend…

Bavarian potato sector emphasizes successful cooperation and quality label

"Export share amounts to 20-25 percent of the total Bavarian potato harvest"

The Bavarian Potato will also be present at Fruit Logistica (from 6 to 8 February 2019) this year. Also at this year's edition, the association is represented - together with five other exhibitors - at the Bavarian communal stand. The focus is on the successful cooperation with the quality label "Tested…

Leon van Meir, Van Meir Onions:

“Lack of sales and imminent import could result in different ending for onion season than everyone expects”

“Looking back on the market, prices rose (too) slowly at the beginning of the season. After the onion day at the Rusthoeve, prices shot up because trade and the northern…

Florida potato harvest begins

Florida's potato harvest has kicked off and growers are happy with conditions during the growing season thus far. At the moment, the harvest is mainly concentrated in southern parts of the state but will gradually make its way north as the month progresses. Growers in South Florida have enjoyed a relatively uneventful winter,…

Hungary: Potatoes and onions more expensive due to lack of supply

The potato and onion production in Hungary has fallen significantly short of what was expected last year, and this has had a strong impact on consumer prices. According to a report from the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (AKI) corresponding to the second week of January, the gross average price at origin…

Russia sharply reduced imports of onions, garlic, cabbage and carrots

According to EastFruit analysts, Russia continues to increase its domestic production and expand its infrastructure for the storage of basic vegetables, such as carrots, cabbage, beets and garlic. This is allowing the country to reduce its dependence on imports. In some cases, it is even becoming able to…

Jens Verstraete, Warnez Potatoes:

“This potato season, quality inspections are of crucial importance”

“It’s difficult to find good quality potatoes at the moment. For some batches, quality declines fairly rapidly. The crops are already showing some pressure spots. Because of the warm and dry weather, the potatoes are further advanced than they would normally be,” says Jens Verstraete of Warnez Potatoes.…

Guinea: construction of a potato processing plant in Mamou

The region of Mamou will now be equipped with a long-awaited processing plant to transform potatoes into frozen fries. This upcoming agro-industrial unit with an estimated…

Peru exported 144,000 tons of sweet onions

Peru exported 144 thousand tons of sweet onions (6 thousand containers with 24 tons each) in the campaign that lasted between July 2018 and January 2019; a similar volume to…

Solynta expands team with potato innovation professor Peter Kooman

Leading potato breeding and biotechnology company, Solynta has announced that it has appointed Peter Kooman PhD to lead its product management and agronomy team. Peter brings a wealth…

India: Cold storages drop prices by 30% as potato production decreases

Surplus storage capacity amid a season of low potato output, has led to a price war among cold storage owners. Facilities have dropped their rates with as much as 30% for the season. Over 30 new cold storages have come into the region in past two years, say industry players. MP Cold Chain Industries Association president Hansmukh…

Morocco: difficult times for the potato

The Moroccan Potato Producer Association (PPM) is worried about the farmers’ financial situation. It estimates that most of them probably are “on the verge of bankruptcy” with…

Solynta expands its executive team

Solynta, a potato breeding and biotechnology company, has announced that it has appointed Charles Miller as its Commercial Director. Charles brings over 20 years’ experience in leadership…

Kees Schouten, Altena Potatoes:

"Wide demand for potatoes despite high prices"

Potato prices are staying at a stable level. "Potatoes are being bought for between EUR0,26 and EUR0,33", says Altena Potatoes' Kees Schouten. This company is based in the Dutch town of Veen. Yet, according to him, these high prices are not hindering exports. "It is actually unbelievably busy", he says. "We have…

Market report Austria KW 5/2019:

'Sortings of potatoes remain high, onion price increases continue'

The Austrian table potato market is quite stable. Despite short-term weather-related delays, farmers continue to supply traders as needed. Domestic sales are at the usual…

China: "The export price of potatoes continues to rise"

At this stage, our potatoes are in the midst of a high export season. From the overall situation, the export market of potatoes is very satisfactory, especially the volume of orders from Europe,  there has been a significant increase compared with previous years and the export price has also shown a continuous…

Canada: Cavendish Farms import 'record' amount of potatoes to P.E.I. for processing

Cavendish Farms in New Annan, P.E.I., which processes potatoes into French fries, states it is importing ‘a record number’ of potatoes from other locations to the Island this…

TOP Onions reports defaulter: ETS Samaha CSD in Mauritania

TOP Onions warns fellow fresh produce trading companies against doing business with a Mauritanian company: "This message has the purpose of warning you against Mr Mohammeden from the…

Texas beet and Mexico onion season commencing shortly

SunFed announced that it was happy that beets made the 2019 list for Super Foods. “We had beets in the ground before the 2019 Super Foods list came out,” said Gretchen K. Austin. “SunFed is always looking to expand our offerings and beets made perfect sense to us this year in Texas. The fact that beets made Super…

Dutch fruit & vegetables worth €1.2 billion go to UK annually

Dutch fear that No deal-Brexit will leave onions to rot

Brexit has Dutch growers really worried. The current border-free frictionless trade zone means British supermarkets can order crates of onions from the Netherlands in the…

University of New Brunswick

Research indicates negative effects of climate change on potato crops

A research team of the University of New Brunswick and the Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Potato Research Centre found a negative effect of climate change on multiple…

Weather extremes lead to premature aging of organic tubers

Organic potatoes - climate change clearly felt

Even if the current temperatures suggest a normal winter, the weather extremes from last year are still having an impact. Never before has climate change been so clearly felt.…

China: "Onion export season has entered its final stage"

“Reviewing the export price of Chinese onions in December 2018, the increase compared with that of last year was around $30 per ton. But at this stage, the price of onions has stabilized in the export market,” said Wang Junjie from Henan Junzhian Food Co., Ltd. "The current onion export season has entered the late stage, and the…

European potato market (week 5)

France: serious competition between factories and processing plants

Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial varieties: fewer transactions observed than in recent weeks; the offer tends to shrink, faced with a strong demand, and markets are firming up.…

Canadian producer launches new microwaveable mini potatoes

There is a new line of flavored mini potatoes available in eastern Canada. W.P. Griffin Inc. has announced the launching of “Potato Cuisine TM “ Microwaveable Mini Potatoes. The mini potatoes come with a choice of different spices which people can add as they desire. The new product, launched just last…

Red Label for the early potatoes of Noirmoutier

The early potatoes from the island of Noirmoutier have obtained the Red Label for the Sirtema, Iodea and Lady Christ’L varieties. Nicolas Paille, general manager of the cooperative, is pleased to have obtained this quality label. “We have been working on it for 10 years. Last November, we were officially…

Kenyan sweet potato farmers set eyes on EU market

In the wake of growing demand in the European market, more Kenyan farmers are turning to sweet potato growing. In Migori, the county government is teaming up with the European Union to build a Sh4 billion (€34 mln) sweet potato factory in Getonganya village. A recent report by North-Western European Potato Growers Foundation…

Potatoes New Zealand - Potato update

The 2018-2019 summer season has been fairly stable so far, though there could possibly be some short-term issues with rainfall. Overall there’s been lots of rain across the growing regions, to…

Prince de Bretagne will export its French Traditional Shallots to China

In November 2018, an agreement protocol between the French and Chinese governments was signed, authorizing the exportation of the French Traditional Shallot to China. Prince de Bretagne plans to take advantage of the current season to enter this new market. Pierre Gélébart, product manager, explains:…

India: 72,000 Maharashtra onion farmers apply for aid

Over 72.400 farmers across the district have applied for onion grants of Rs200 (€2.45) per 100 kg with the district Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). The last…

Danespo opens new potato center in Denmark

Last week, the Danish potato company, Danespo, opened a new complex. It houses their head office and breeding station. Here, potato plants for the future will be developed. This new potato…

“Europe has a strong demand for Chinese onions”

“In 2018, due to extreme weather, European onion production was severely reduced, especially in the Netherlands, which is the main onion producing area. This has meant that demand in the European market could no longer be met by local supplies and European buyers have turned to China for onion imports.…

Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Great Britain

Top 3 Dutch onion export countries even more important

The figures for the first half of the Dutch export season have been released. Just like last year Senegal, the Ivory Coast, and Great Britain are the Netherlands' three most…

Tim van Haandel, Mulder Onions:

"The big question is how the market will react to imported onions"

Onions are priced high. Despite this, there is still some trade to be done. This is according to Tim van Haandel of the Dutch company, Mulder Onions. "There are still quite a lot of…

Culture Pom: “We want to change our image as Agata specialists”

Culture Pom offers all varieties of French potatoes on the Italian market. The company has specialized itself in the marketing of French potatoes in 15 European countries. Italy is one of its main markets. But this year, Culture Pom wants to diversify the range of potatoes it offers in Italy. “We want to…

Turkey allows onion imports as prices skyrocket

For the last two seasons, bad decisions in planting and harvesting lowered the production of onions. Normally, the tariffs for onions are set to 49%. With the decision to…

European potato market (week 4)

Belgium: potato supply remains very limited

Belgium Fiwap/PCA Market Message: Industrial varieties: After the recent rise in prices, markets are globally calmer, with fewer buyers actively purchasing (temporization) and a less pressing demand. But the supply…

European potato shortage will impact promotions and pricing

Akshay Jagdale, a packaged food analyst with Jefferies Inc., stated on a webinar: “Europe is having one of the worst potato crops in 40 years. The harvest is now complete. And…

Ian Crispin - Pacific Produce

UK: Sweet potato prices expected to remain high until September

The sweet potato market in the UK remains strong and according to Ian Crispin, Commercial Director at Pacific Produce, it should stay that way until the Autumn. The main reason for the lack of supply has been created due the US crop being affected with hurricane force winds and huge amounts of rainfall…

South African onion producers get interest from South America and Asia, as Dutch onion shortages are felt worldwide

Cape onion harvest starts amid unique marketing season worldwide

Dutch onion traders have been visiting South Africa, some of whom haven’t imported South African onions for many years. Likewise, some South African companies that haven’t sent to Europe for over a decade are this season considering their options. The long onion harvest has just started in the important Koue Bokkeveld…

Canadian family farm gets out of potato business

Prince Edward Island family-owned farm operation Eric C. Robinson Inc. is closing the potato growing and packaging portion of its farming division. Their new focus will be on…

Potato growers concerned about ban of an anti-germinative

The European potato sector is concerned by the possible ban from July 31 of the anti-germinative Chlorpropham (CIPC), which is used to prevent the germination of the tubers…

Market Report Austria KW 04/2019:

'Stable potato market, upward trend of onions continues'

The situation on the Austrian table potato market shows hardly any changes compared to last week. On the part of the growers, after the price increase at the beginning of the…

Europe: The potato industry is at half-mast

On the European continent, the potato harvests have seen better days. This leads to tense negotiations between farmers, fries and chips manufacturers, and the distribution. Europe produced 18%…

Strong demand for potatoes pushing prices higher

Domestic supplies of potatoes are tight and prices are slightly up. “It’s pretty tight in Wisconsin given the harvest we had. We had a really challenging growing season and an even more challenging harvest season, so supplies are down,” says Andy Diercks of Coloma Farms, Inc. in Coloma, Wi. “What’s available for supplies…

Manitoba surpasses P.E.I in Canadian spud production

The reign of Prince Edward Island is over. Manitoba will soon be the new potato king of Canada. Simplot is spending $400 million to expand its French fry processing plant in Portage la Prairie. The larger factory, double the size of the existing plant, will be operational in early 2020. Simplot will require 16,000 more…

UK: AHDB opens tender for potato desiccants research project

The UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is inviting researchers to tender for a new project to understand alternative potato desiccation methods in the absence of diquat. The loss of approval for diquat has wide ramifications since it is currently the main product used by potato…

European demand for onions from China grows as Dutch volume declines

"Many European countries rely on Dutch onion production to satisfy domestic market demand, and this development has increased in the last few years. Last year, however, the Dutch onion production volume decreased as a result of extreme weather conditions. Many European countries subsequently shifted…

Algeria: no cement, so the residents plant onions and potatoes

The inhabitants of Baghlia, a town in the Bourmerdès province in the north of Algeria, have had an original idea to protest against the authorities who still haven’t cemented…

Lower Saxony potato sector on the move again from starting mid-January onwards

Raiffeisen Ost-Hannover: "Price swings were required to boost willingness to pay"

The Lower Saxon potato traders are currently very far into the marketing of their products, After prices in the Rhineland at the start of January increased by €5.00 Euro per 100 kg, in the northern growing areas the willingness to deliver goods came to a standstill. Therefore it was necessary to adjust…

Azerbaijan is Russia's second largest potato supplier

In the period between January and November 2018, Azerbaijan stood second in the ranking of Russia's largest potato suppliers, as revealed by the Russian Exports portal. According to the portal, Azerbaijan accounts for 14.1% of Russia's total potato imports. The ranking of Russia's largest potato suppliers is topped by Egypt (62.5%),…

Maharashtra to extend subsidy scheme for Indian onion farmers

Maharashtra is the largest grower of onions in the country, with an export share of 80%. However, many farmers in the Nashik onion belt are in dire straits financially. Last…

US; Potato sales in the Holiday Season dropped slightly

The results were mixed for the US potato market over the holiday season. Potatoes USA, formerly the US Potato Board, said the value of total store potato sales increased by 1.5% during the second quarter of the marketing year compared to the year before. The second quarter ran from October through…

Kyrgyz onions looking for European sales market

According to expectations, the Dutch onion stocks may well run out in the coming months. The hot, dry summer decimated these crops, which offers opportunities to exporters outside of Europe. Exporters from Kyrgyzstan also see these opportunities. And they need them - their warehouses are full. “From 2014 to 2017, we had…

Lorenz Boll (OGS Südbaden) draws a mixed balance at Stone Fruit Day

Revenues disappointing despite good quality, especially for cherries

Despite the large and high-quality stone fruit harvest in 2018, the fierce competition -from Turkey, among others- made things difficult for the South Baden producers. Not only in the field of drupes, but also for  asparagus and strawberries, there is particularly fierce competition in the domestic market.…

US: Michigan Potatoes uses Kwik Lok tags in marketing campaign

Michigan Potatoes is looking to increase awareness among its consumers with a new marketing campaign that includes a month’s of free groceries, given out each month. In a partnership with Spartan-Nash…

Rene Tiggelman, Van Langevelde Handelsmij"

"Given the demand, onions prices should drop even more"

How the onion market will develop in the coming weeks, is a big question for René Tiggelman of Van Langevelde Handelsmij. This company is based in the Dutch town of Kruiningen. "At the moment, at least, it is very quiet." "Growers who do have large yields will be happy with the season. However, for us, as traders,…

On Saudi Arabia's ban on Egyptian onions:

“Saudia Arabia is not giving us feedback on the origin of the red onions”

The Head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine at the Egyptian Agriculture Ministry, Ahmed al-Attar, announced Friday that Egypt will demand an explanation from…

UK: Potato supply chain making moves to protect stocks​​

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has estimated GB grower held potato stocks at the end of November 2018 at 2.97Mt. This is the lowest during this…

Ghana: Onion and tomato prices increase sharply in Sunyani

A Ghana News Agency market survey revealed shortages of onions and vegetables in the Brong-Ahafo regional capital of Sunyani. Madam Ama Serwaa is called the Queen Mother of…

Customers are ready to try new products

The Ruggiero company inaugurates two new plants

Angelo Ruggiero is the marketing manager of the Ruggiero group. He is a potato and onion specialist and he shared some observations with us: “2018 was a tough yet very positive year for the Ruggiero group. The shortage in Northern Europe and the pressure coming from the processing industry allowed the…

In a few weeks, elections for Agripat, Dop Bologna and Consorzio Selenella

Winds of change for the potato sector

Elections are coming for Agripat, the Bologna Dop and for the Consorzio Selenella. New people will reach the top of Agripat on the 22 of January, during the best year for potatoes ever. The elections will occur in February for the Dop and in May for Selenella. The outgoing Agripat president Michele Filippini stated, “Prices are high, and…

China: “Multiple factors behind recent increases in onion export prices to Europe”

“At present, the export season of Chinese onions is in full swing, and the export prices to Europe show an upward trend. This is mainly because the sea freight rate has increased. The shipping fee from Qingdao to the port of Rotterdam was 1,500 US dollars per container before December and now it is 1900…

AgrarMarkt Austria: Market Report Fruits and Vegetables, December 2018

Austria: "Still high onion prices"

Apple prices stabilising Christmas time is apple time. Not least because of the great diversity of varieties and the consistently first-class quality, domestic products are…

Jim Ertler - Premium Fresh Tasmania

“The European market is looking very positive and the export price is stronger than the domestic price"

While a lot of the Australian mainland is sweltering under high temperatures and being hit by storms, things have remained calm in Tasmania which is know for its mild climate. The vegetable season is in full swing and things are looking positive. “We are just winding up with carrots,” explains Jim Ertler from Premium…

Kinnow and Potatoes exports begin in Pakistan

Exports of kinnow began to flow out of Pakistan at the beginning of this month. Roshan Enterprises, one of the leading growers and shippers of kinnow in Pakistan, is expected to ship about 10,000 metric tons of the fruit this season. “We started harvesting kinnow on November 25, and shortly after we began packing and…

In with spring, out with the Dutch onions

The onion trade was getting ready for the final chapter of the season in December. Exporter Piet van Liere of Flevotrade Dronten is drawing up a mid-term review. “Not much is left to sell. In figures we’ll just be out of Dutch onions in spring. But that’s a good thing, because we don’t have any onions…

Bangladesh: Onions cheaper at Khatunganj wholesale market

Wholesale prices of Indian onions saw a downward trend at the Khatunganj wholesale hub in the last couple of days thanks to plentiful imports. According to Bangladesh…

All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association

Pakistan government urged to help export of potatoes to China

Now China has agreed to initiate the process of importing potatoes from Pakistan after the latter fulfilled the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements, exporters of horticulture products have urged the Ministry of Commerce to facilitate them in exporting over one million tonnes of potatoes to…

Austrian Potato Market KW 03/2019

Good supply situation is met with calm but steady demand

The Austrian table potato market is stable. After the price increase of last previous week, farmers' willingness to deliver goods has picked up significantly. On the one hand,…

Netherlands to provide €900,000 for potato impact cluster in Bangladesh

The government of the Netherlands and Dutch businesses have inked an agreement to undertake a “potato impact cluster” project in Bangladesh.  The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and a consortium of Dutch businesses joined hands to share their experience and best practices with potato farmers in Bangladesh,…

Colombia: Researchers create pesticide against plague that attacks potatoes

Did you know that there are about 130 thousand hectares of potatoes in Colombia? However, one of the problems that the potato faces is the Tecia solanivora, also known as the…

The French traditional shallot is having a great year

Production is less important than last year, which was exceptionally good in that regard. “We estimate that there is 20% less production in Brittany compared to a normal…

Why do white onion prices fluctuate more in the US?

Some producers have observed that the price for white onions in the United States tends to fluctuate more strongly than for red or yellow onions. During times of market volatility, prices rise much higher and fall much lower for white onions. Shay Myers of Owyhee Produce, offered an explanation as to why this is…


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