Potatoes and Onions

Demand comes back in parts of the onion business

Supplies of onions are strong currently. “South Texas is finished production and they’re moving more into West Texas. And California is finished in the Imperial Valley and they’re moving into mid-state California. And New Mexico is just starting,” says Steve Smith of National Onion, Inc. based in Las…

Onions flooding onto the Beijing market putting pressure on prices

Currently, yellow onions on the market mainly come from Nanyang in Henan province and Fengxian in Xuzhou city, Jiangsu province. The crop from Nanyang became available from…

Market and Crop Update for May 28, 2020 Priyanka Das Kanungo

"This year’s Walla Walla onion crop is doing well"

MARKETWashington/California/Vidalia and New MexicoDan Borer with Keystone Fruit Marketing reported from his office in Walla Walla, WA, this week. “I have got to say that…

New Zealand exports, May 2020 - World Potato Market

Calls for action to stop low-priced frozen fry imports

The New Zealand potato industry has joined its Australian counterpart in requesting that its government impose short-term measures to prevent the import of discounted frozen potato products into the country. Like other countries, New Zealand’s fry and other product demand has been hit hard by the closure…

Europatat members and the fight against coronavirus

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, European potato traders have been working around the clock not only to keep the potato supply chain running but also to help combat Covid-19. In this article you can take a look at those Europatat’s members actions that have been carried out all around…

How ethylene helps potato grower Van Dijk

The potato sector is being negatively affected by the coronavirus. Due to the fall in demand for processing potatoes (including from the catering sector), potatoes are remaining in storage for longer as they await a buyer. This year, therefore, it is extra important that optimal storage conditions are…

'Next government should focus more on food sustainability' Adrianadh

Ireland imported 72,000 tonnes of potatoes

According to a Laois-Offaly TD, the importation of thousands of tonnes of potatoes and other foods worth billions of euro highlights the need for a greater focus on food…

Ireland Domestic Potato Market Report

Many UK crops reportedly pushed back 1-2 weeks in development due to frost

Retail demand appears to have plateaued for the moment as current restrictions are eased and the food service sector continues to reopen slowly. There is a shortage of good quality packing material and growers with quality stock can command a premium. The first early Home Guard is being lifted this week…

National Potato Council and state grower organizations letter to Agriculture Secretary Perdue

US potato industry: '1.5 billion pounds of potatoes for processing trapped in the supply chain'

The National Potato Council and state grower organizations wrote Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week to talk about potatoes that have nowhere to go for processing.…

Jan Westhoeve about good export demand for potatoes:

"With low prices and good quality, we are well-prepared for overseas clients"

Sales to the Dutch potato processing industry have lagged. That is due to the coronavirus pandemic. Potato exports have, however, been very busy in recent months. "It has been significantly busier since January. Especially the former East Bloc countries are well in the game. But we have also been sending…

Stefanie de Kok, Meerbuscher Kartoffelhof:

"Seamless transition from the storage season to the early potato campaign"

While the first new potatoes are already being harvested in the northern potato areas, the Rhineland still offers the last remaining stocks of last year's harvest. But soon the Rhineland cold stores will be empty as well, predicts Stefanie de Kok (right in the picture), manager of the Meerbusch Kartoffelhof.…

Heavier demand for sweet potatoes

Supplies of sweet potatoes continue to be steady in the U.S. “We were very fortunate to have harvested a beautiful crop at the end of 2019. The supply has remained steady well into 2020 and our growers are currently in the process of planting this year’s crop,” says Rebecca Scott of Nash Produce based in…

South Australia

Thomas Foods fresh potato business sells to Mitolo Family Farms

Following an agreement to purchase Thomas Foods International’s fresh potato business, Mitolo Family Farms is set to strengthen its grip on Australia’s potato industry. The…

Oscar Espinosa Villegas

Rwanda: Potato and bean yields dropped due to heavy rains

According to a report by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), the cultivated area for both Irish potatoes and beans increased in Rwanda in the season from September 2019 to February 2020, but production dropped nevertheless. Speaking to The New Times, farmers said that heavy rain was…

Addressing seed shortages Vladyslav Senchenko

Kenyan government launches potato seed multiplication program in six counties

The government of Kenya has launched a potato seed multiplication program in six counties to address seed shortages that occur perennially. The Agriculture CS Peter Munya said…

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"Ozone as an alternative for CIPC in transport"

The ban on the sprout inhibitor CIPC is getting closer. For those in Belgium it will be a reality on June 30 this year and in the Netherlands, the substance can still be used until October 8. Many industry associations warn that the ban will have a major impact on potatoes and onions. There are…

Gourmet heritage potatoes once destined for top restaurants to hit Tesco

Rare, high quality gourmet heritage potatoes that would normally only go to now closed posh UK restaurants are to be sold by Tesco after the supermarket stepped in to help the…

Potatoes NZ request Emergency Measures to ban EU imports

Potatoes New Zealand is asking the New Zealand government to give urgent consideration to imposing short-term measures limiting the importation into New Zealand of heavily…

Frost pushes UK potato season back by 1-2 weeks

AHDB has released its weekly update for potato prices. Conclusions are that free-buy trade has mostly been pretty steady for most. The chipping and processing sectors are…

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US: Maine potato farmers face uncertain times

About 60 percent of the potatoes produced in Maine and around the country are grown to supply the food-service industries. But with everything from school cafeterias, to…

Pineapple production fell by 0.76 percent Petra Klaassen

Philippines expanded sweet potato, cassava & onion production in January-March

The latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) -obtained by the BusinessMirror- indicated that cassava output in the January-to-March period rose to 515,455.56…

Ekaterina Krasnikova

Potatoes from France brought into Ukraine for the first time

While farmers may leave most of the young potatoes in the fields due to overproduction, the Ukrainian Association of Potato Producers (UAPK) -via executive director Oksana…

The best message for your ex-partner? A ton of onions

A Chinese woman decided to send a metaphorical message to her ex, who ended their relationship, by sending him a ton of onions to his house accompanied by a dramatic note: "I…

Frederique Wacquier

Australian potato farmers demand action on French fry dumping allegations

Growers fear that tons of cheap French fries will be dumped on Australian supermarket shelves, as news arrived of the $1 billion COVID-19 assistance package to European potato…

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Free potatoes and onions to be distributed in Port Angeles, WA

Approximately 50,000 pounds of potatoes will soon find a spot on dinner tables courtesy of free potato and onion drive-by distribution events set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23.…

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Agriculture Secretary in Philippines acknowledges garlic and onion shortage

On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary William Dar told senators that there is a shortage of onions and garlic in the Philippines. He added that the country is trying to boost its…

Onion price falls to Rs 8 per kg Junkgirl

Tomato prices in New Delhi wholesale market drop to Rs 1-2 per kg

Tomato prices have crashed to Rs 1-2 per kg while onions have fallen to about Rs 8 per kg in Delhi’s wholesale market because of weak demand and strong supply in the harvest…

William Church - The Jersey Royal Company

Jersey Royal potato season running late due to wet weather at planting

It is at this time of the year when consumers start to look for the famous Jersey Royal potatoes on the supermarket shelves, but they may have to wait just a little bit longer this year. According to William Church from The Jersey Royal Company the biggest challenge this year has been the weather.…

Norway imported significantly less Dutch onions and pears this year

In April 2020, less (-15%) fresh fruit and vegetables were imported in Norway than in April 2019. It was also less compared to April 2018 (-11%). The big difference compared to last year is partly explained by the fact that many onions were imported at the beginning of 2019, but even without onions the…

HZPC:

"Special robot helps fight viruses and potato diseases"

"We have a special robot in our breeding program. We use it in the war against viruses and potato diseases. In combination with marker technology, it helps us to develop resistant potato varieties more quickly. That means fewer pesticides are needed, and crop losses remain limited. We think…

Scalognotto - innovation and evolution of shallots

Freddi has recently introduced Scalognotto, a type of scallion that breaks out of the usual schemes. The idea was conceived a few months ago and distribution has just started. Harvesting is brought forward to obtain something different with a color tending to pink and therefore different from the more…

Princesa Amandine starts the marketing of Spanish new potatoes

Princesa Amandine Ibérica is starting with the marketing of Spanish new potatoes from mid-May to meet the demand for domestic products from Spanish consumers in this post-COVID-19 stage. The marketing campaign for the new potatoes sold under the Princesa Amandine brand will last for 4 months, until early…

US potato exports begin to slow

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic is impacting U.S. potato exports, as seen in the figures for March. U.S. exports of frozen potato products were off 12% in March 2020 compared to 2019. Exports of…

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New Zealand potato prices reach record high as COVID-19 affects industry

Statistics New Zealand has stated that prices rose 18 per cent in April to a weighted average price of $2.51 per kilo – an all-time high. Going into the winter months is…

Rusu Eugen Catalin

Kenya: Onion prices rise as supply from Tanzania falls

Households in Nyeri have to dig deeper into their pockets to buy onions as prices rise sharply due to a biting shortage. The price of a kilo of onions has shot up by 86 per…

State of Odisha, India: Neydtstock

Prices of potatoes and onion skyrocket as Cyclone Amphan nears Odisha Coast

As super cyclone Amphan moves closer to Odisha coast, potato and onion prices have skyrocketed in different parts of the state including Cuttack and Bhubaneswar with people…

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Asia faces fries shortage due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has exposed supply chain vulnerabilities in Asia for the world's biggest staple crops, rice and wheat, but the chances of the regional potato…

Longer storage period for onions possible with CA

Since the (imminent) ban on sprout inhibitors, there is an increasing interest in alternative and, natural ways to inhibit the germination of the onion and to optimize…

PEI potato growers adjust for Fall 2020

Prince Edward Island potato growers continue to face an uncertain future as to what their next growing season looks like. Already back at the end of March, growers of processing potatoes on the island reported a significant drop in demand for French Fry potatoes. This trend was largely triggered by the…

Orango Sweet Potato Beer: Drinking it straight from the earth

Nigerian sweet potato cultivation leads to chips, beer, and fries product range

'Adding value, creating wealth' is Farmforte's business philosophy, with Nigerian sweet potatoes as their core-product. With this, they look into opportunities to add extra value. Quickly a sweet potato product range was ready to enter the market. It now has three products - chips, fries, and beer. "The sweet…

Patatas Meléndez

New potatoes hit Spanish supermarket shelves

The Valladolid-based Patatas Meléndez, leading company in the fresh potato sector, has launched its domestic new potato campaign. The early potatoes are already available to consumers through its whole retail distribution network (supermarkets and its own online store). The 2020 harvest has so far been a…

Market price of Chinese potatoes may come under pressure later this season

The price of Chinese potatoes maintained a high position throughout 2019 and this trend lasted into 2020. However, people in the industry explained that the Chinese potato…

Yurii Borysenko

Current and future trends in the Ukrainian potato market

“The 2019/20 potato season in the Ukraine turned out to be the most unprecedented within the whole history of our monitoring,” says the market information company Fruit-Inform…

"Chinese market conditions are better for red onions than yellow onions"

The market price of Chinese onions has been in decline for several weeks. In addition, Chinese onion export has dropped as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall demand…

AHDB potato supply and demand estimates

Potato Weekly 15 May 2020 - AHDB

Free-buy trade has reportedly levelled out for most of this week. There was an increase in demand for some packing varieties but in the other sectors, trade has remained steady.Many growers…

Victoria, Australia

Potato growers supported by public at farmers’ markets

Many industries have faced changes due to COVID-19, including potato growers. The Great Trentham Spudfest in Victoria, Australia was cancelled earlier this month due to…

The PO Monte is concentrating supplies for German and European markets

Italian and Calabrian golden onions available until summer

"The trust placed in our producers' organization by a Calabrian grower of golden onions boosts our  confidence and makes us proud. The producer has, indeed, decided to confer his top quality product, so that our PO can start commercializing it as early as this year" - said Vincenzo Sorace, sales manager of…

Alf Ribeiro

Azerbaijan exports onions to Arab countries

According to Head of the Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Vugar Huseynov, Azerbaijan is set to export onions to almost 10 countries this year.…

Victor Jimenez Majuelo

Costa Blanca growers surrender in cheap onion war with New Zealand and Peru

Onion growers from Spain’s Costa Blanca say they have been forced to surrender in a cheap onion price war with New Zealand and Peru. The local growers say their own crops are…

Izak Heijboer

Potatoes from storage becoming cheaper in Russia

Despite the fact that potato stocks at local farms and households are practically depleted, the price of these products on the Russian market has been declining since early…

Just as processors fear European goods are dumped on Australian market Picstudio

Rain hurts Tasmanian potato crop

Tasmanian potato growers, who produce the bulk of Australia's French fries, are having a disastrous harvest. Months of wet weather is making it impossible to get onto paddocks in parts of the state.…

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National Onion Association requests direct USDA aid for American onion growers

This week, the National Onion Association sent a request to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting direct economic aid to America’s onion growers not to exceed $16…

The onion and potato sectors lose more than € 27 million in the Valencian Community

According to a study carried out by the Unió de Llauradors (Farmer's Union) on the onion and potato campaigns in the production areas of the Valencian Community, producers have lost more than 27 million euro (almost 19 million euro in the regions of Valencia, 7.1 in Alicante, and 2.4 in Castellon). This year,…

European potato market (week 20)

France: industry market segment in status quo since the beginning of the lockdown

Physical European markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium  Fiwap / PCA market message: Processed potatoes: no quotation, as there is no free market. The working pace of the various Belgian units has slowed down slightly (30 to 50%) depending on the type of products (fresh fries, frozen fries, specialties, flakes,…

Domestic Potato Market Report

Potato retail demand in Ireland remains buoyant

Potato retail demand in Ireland remains buoyant and the food service sector is now operating at around 20-25% of capacity as more restaurants open on a take-out basis. Greenhouse potatoes started over the last two weeks and roadside sales are expected to begin next week. With current travel restrictions…

Maine potato industry hit hard by pandemic

With the hospitality industry closed and events cancelled or open with fewer seats, Maine potato farmers are feeling the pressure from the coronavirus pandemic. Many farmers…

Dragan Drobac

Canadian processing potato holdings 4.2% above three-year average

Across Canada, with the exception of Manitoba, many provinces are seeing above average numbers for how many processing potatoes are stuck in storage. The amount of potatoes in…

Prince Edward Island government: Teo Lay Peng

‘$4.7 mln in funding will keep 40,000 tons of potatoes out of landfill’

The government of Prince Edward Island has stated says its $4.7 million in funding for the potato industry will result in 40,000 tons of of Island potatoes being processed,…

Tunisian potato production affected by Covid-19

The Tunisian seasonal potato production for the 2019/20 campaign is of around 250 thousand tons. Such a yield is encountering enormous commercialization difficulties on both a domestic and international scale. "The main obstacles are due to Covid-19 as exports to Europe are blocked as well as those to Libya…

AHDB Website set to help cut UK surplus potato stocks

The British Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board is set to launch a marketing tool to help shift surplus potato stocks caused by a drop-off in demand since the…

Market figures Bio May 2020

Switzerland: record sales of potatoes and lemons

Sales of organic lemons in the Swiss retail trade reached a record level in March. On average, 161 tonnes of organic lemons were sold per week, (47% more than in February and 53%…

Valentin Beckmann, Maurer Parat LLC:

More potential for early potatoes due to increased private consumption

As a staple food with a long shelf life, potatoes are currently among the favourites on consumers' shopping lists. The potato market in Germany and throughout Europe is benefiting from this. On the other hand, sales in the catering trade have slumped sharply due to the closure - especially processed potato…

Fresno Flat Sweet Red Onions harvest starts this week

As the last and only steward of this special variety, Baloian Farms once again brings to market the heirloom Fresno Flat Sweet Red Onion. This week will mark the company’s 40th spring harvest. The history of this heirloom variety dates back to the late 1950’s. Roy Kunitake, local seed breeder, had spent years…

As processors adapt to restaurant slow-down Domnitsky

Canada: Prince Edward Island potato farmers face uncertain market

Brookfield Gardens in central P.E.I. grows vegetables for the fresh market. Co-owner Gerald Dykerman said sales are up slightly as more people cook at home during the…

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Netherlands to supply industrial potatoes to Ukraine

The Netherlands has begun supplying potatoes, originally intended for processing, to Ukraine. This is a step in the right direction as, due to the closure of restaurants,…

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Cross-country train from India brings Maharashtra onions to Bangladesh

Cross-country trains carrying onions have begun to traffic from the Central Railway, with the first train leaving Lasalgaon earlier this week. The train left for Bangladesh…

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Large potato imports by Ukraine

In a recent report released by Russian-based produce market information company Fruit-Inform, commercial potato growers in the Ukraine did not report significant losses occurred during the 2019…

Peter Van Steenkiste, Warnez Potatoes, Belgium

"Filière approach pays off with potato packaging sustainability"

"At Warnez, 'close-the-loop' partnerships form one of the sustainability pillars in our pursuit of a circular value chain," says Peter Van Steenkiste, product manager at the Belgian potato company. "It is nice to see that networks are constantly strengthening each other." "We have recently taken great…

RPE welcomes Lauren Mordasky as Business Development Manager

On April 13, RPE, Inc. welcomed the newest member of their business development team—Lauren Mordasky. Lauren is based in Vermont and will be focusing on new account…

Where previously always imported, now there are local sweet potatoes in Norwegian stores

Sweet potatoes are gaining popularity in Norway. Norwegians eat, on average, about a kg of these a year. Sweet potatoes grow best in warm climates. That is why they, up to now, have not been cultivated in Norway. That changed in 2015 and 2016. The Bjertnæs & Hoel AS cultivation company received a…

Potato industry welcomes USDA purchase plan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to buy $50 million in surplus potatoes for food banks and other nutrition-assistance programs. The purchase is part of a previously…

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Lockdown: Trouble stirring for Indian potato farmers

In India, the potato consumption has crashed because bars, pubs and restaurants are shut. Potato prices have plunged up to 12% in the past month. Hotels, restaurants and bars…

Mike de Koster, WDK Onions:

"Broad onion demand, but good quality is hard to find"

It is difficult to explain the current onion market situation concisely. That is according to Mike de Koster of WDK Onions from Kwadendamme, the Netherlands, "There is still a reasonable supply, but there are sub-par batches among them. The onions are getting older. There are many sprouting and balding…

Chinese onion price shows significant decline

Chinese onion traders shift from export to domestic retail

Chinese onion growers have kept a close eye on the price of Chinese onions ever since India prohibited onion export last year. The onion production areas in Gansu are…

Andrii Yalanskyi

Idaho potato industry receives federal aid

Many industries are struggling during this pandemic, particularly the agricultural supply chain. In order to help, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that 470…

CIP maps potato diseases in Africa Courtesy of International Potato Center

Bacterial wilt present in 73% of ware potato farms and 50% of seed potato farms in Uganda

Bacterial wilt limits potato yields and degrades seed quality from generation to generation. First documented in Uganda in 1958, bacterial wilt is widespread in that nation,…

More than 2 million tons of European potatoes have been left without a buyer

The North-western European Potato Growers Association (NEPG) has said that the closure of the hospitality industry in Europe and the consequent drop in the demand for potatoes, estimated at between 50% and 60%, will mean that this season, the volume of potatoes processed in the continent will fall by…

Potato may be a high-quality protein source, study finds

A study carried out by researchers from the Canadian McMaster University has concluded that potatoes can be a source of high-quality protein that helps maintain muscles. The…

"I predict a difficult season for Italian onions"

The new harvest of Italian onions is due in the coming weeks. Due to weather problems and the coronavirus it promises to be an interesting season. "Workers, mainly from Poland…

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Onion export duty lifted in Iran

The Iranian Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade has recently lifted the 100,000-rial (€2.2) per kilogram duty on onion export, says Mohammad-Shafi’ Malekzadeh, the head of Iran’s Agricultural…

US: Potato retail sales increase in Q3 of marketing year 2020

IRI data for the third quarter of the marketing year (January – March 2020) showed growth in both dollars and volume for total potato sales at retail. Total dollar sales…

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Uncertainty hampers potato season

Prince Edward Island potato farmers will likely be planting less crop this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of social distancing restrictions, Islanders are…

Including an in-depth look at the potato processing market

'The chipping market state of play'

'Last week saw the release of our end-March stocks estimates. Fresh bags and chipping stocks that remain in grower ownership at the end of March were estimated at 157.3Kt. This shows a 49% drawdown from end of January, suggesting 151.6Kt moved from grower ownership in that time. The movement out of…

Corona crisis disrupts potato processing industry

The Dutch potato processing industry is virtually at a standstill due to the out-of-home market falling away. It is looking for alternative destinations for a huge potato surplus. Belgian processors are continuing as best possible. They are trying to extend their current season, and honor contracted…

Competing with California and Vidalia

Adequate volume on Texas onions

Supplies of Texas onions are currently described as even. “For a normal year, which we are definitely not in, I would think supplies are kind of light. But for the situation we’re in, supplies are…

The European ban on using gene-editing is driving the potato breeder to look overseas to remain globally competitive

Robert Graveland, HZPC: “Europe is not capable of adding value to its innovations”

“Improving potato varieties is our company’s core business,” says Robert Graveland, HZPC’s Research Director. This Dutch company has focused on potato breeding, seed potato trading, and product concept development since 1898. “We noticed we have not yet used many genetic variants. There is still a lot of…

Retail prices up to 18 times higher than those at origin in April

"Almost no marketing options available for Spanish onions"

According to data collected by the agricultural organization COAG, the prices paid at origin for Spanish onions during the month of April fell by up to 68% compared to those received in March. According to their figures, last month the growers received 7 cents per kilo for their onions (compared to 22…

European potato market (week 19)

France: Industrial activity revolves mainly around chips and flakes

European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Processed potatoes: No quotation, as there is no free market. The working pace of the various Belgian units has slowed down slightly (30 to 50-60%) depending on the type of products (fresh fries, frozen fries, specialties, flakes,…

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Northern Ireland: Potato crop in danger after months of extreme weather

Rain is urgently needed to save this season's Northern Ireland potato crop. Stuart Meredith, an agronomist with Wilson's Country potato firm, said a particularly wet autumn,…

New American Blend potato medley to arrive in time for Memorial Day

Tasteful Selections® introduced a new, limited-time offering of a unique bite-size medley —American Blend. Mixing sweet and nutty flavors, this new blend offers consistently soft textures. The American Blend features a trio of Tasteful Selections varieties including Ruby Sensation®, Purple Passion™ and White…

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar: Vishakha Shah

‘Increase NAFED onion procurement limit from Maharashtra’

On Wednesday, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar asked the federal government to increase the 40,000-tonne limit set for NAFED for procuring onions to 50,000 tonnes…

McCain Foods responds to Canadian government's Surplus Food Purchase Program

The Canadian government recently announced their $50 million Surplus Food Purchase Program. Max Koeune, President and CEO of McCain Foods, provided the following response to…

North-Western European Potato Growers on drop of demand

NEPG hopes that the potato area has been reduced by 5 %

The foodservice demand for potato products has dropped by 50 to 60% and the export markets have lost their potential, so the world-wide potato-processing industry has reduced…

Foodservice demand remains a question for potato industry

As the potato industry moves on from the sudden COVID-19-related drop in foodservice demand, supplies are shifting and retail demand continues to be strong for the vegetable. On yellow potatoes, supplies of storage crop yellows continue to wind down in North Dakota, Colorado and Idaho. “Pricing has…

Lower demand and dropping prices for potatoes

"We started collecting new potatoes from our partners around two weeks ago. Quality is good, as are grades, but prices are lower than last year, as potatoes sell at €0.40/kg for grade 40+ tubers grown in greenhouses, while last year they sold at €0.65. In addition, the frost of the past few months…

José Peláez, of Sevillana de Patatas: "It looks like the volumes will be smaller this year"

Strong demand for Spanish new potatoes

Although the rains have interrupted progress over the last few days, the early potato harvest in southern Spain, which started earlier this year, is now steadily underway. "It is still too early to know for sure, but it seems that this year there will be fewer kilos per hectare, compared to last year,…

Brussels authorizes temporary self-regulation of the potato processing sector

The European Commission has decided to authorize the temporary self-regulation of the European potato processing sector because of the impact that the closure of the hospitality industry has had on its activity. Regulation nº 2020/593, which was published on May 4th, authorizes farmers, producer…

New crop dry onions and seasonal sweet corn coming out of California now

Next week Cal-Organic Farms, producer of organic vegetables, will start shipping freshly-harvested, new crop yellow, red and white onions from their facility in Lamont, CA. A division of Grimmway Farms, Cal-Organic starts its annual onion harvest in Coachella Valley before transitioning to Kern County in…

UPGC planting recommendations for 2020 crop Fedecandoniphoto

Future demand for Canadian potatoes remains uncertain

The United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC) published a document outlining planting recommendations for Canada’s 2020 potato crop. Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of UPGC),…

World Potato Congress comments on COVID-19 pandemic halting global trade

The World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC), a global potato network, is leading numerous local potato driven initiatives in developing regions of the world in response to growing…

Tesco supports UK potato growers, by selling surplus stocks

More potatoes will hit shelves from this week to meet soaring demand. UK potato growers who have been left with surplus stock because of the closure of restaurants and fast food outlets are being given a helping hand by Tesco. The closure of restaurants, pubs and many fast food outlets has left a major surplus…

By CH Robinsons's Keith Nehring

'Air travel demand and the cargo impact'

'A weekly staple in our house is bananas and most weeks buying bananas is uneventful. As the primary grocery shopper in my family, I typically look for bananas transitioning…

Gabriel López, of Cebollas Lolo: "We have quintupled our production in 3 years"

"There is a lot of pressure on onion sales"

“The prospects that we professionals of the onion sector had for 2020 were not bad before the Covid-19 pandemic; however, the situation has changed significantly following the closure of the HORECA channel. The price of large onions has plunged, so medium-sized onions have also become cheaper.” This was stated…

Peruvian pre-cooked potato imports increase

Peruvian imports of pre-cooked potatoes experienced a rebound in April, reaching 4,164 tons, a much higher volume than in the same month of 2019 and in all the months of the…

Spain

Harvest of 4,000 hectares of onions at risk in Cordoba

Thousands of hectares of onions remain unharvested in Cordoba, waiting to find a destination in the market. On the one hand, the closure of the hospitality industry has entailed the loss of an important sales channel, and on the other hand, large chains often flood the market with frozen imported onions,…

"Some obstacles for Chinese potato export, but in general everything proceeds smoothly"

China is one of the world's largest potato producers. Production areas in Shandong recently officially opened the new potato production season. Mr. Wang of Huizhou Agricultural Import and Export Trade Co., Ltd. analyzed recent developments in the beginning of this potato production season: "The first new…

Potato rates up five times Photo by Marco Antonio Victorino

Pakistan: Year-on-year fruit and vegetables comparison

At this point in time, prices of majority of perishable items are almost same. with 10 to 20 percent increase and decrease except a few which registered unprecedented hike on…

Kevin Stanger of Wada Farms:

“Many potato growers are reducing acreage this coming season”

The potato industry in the United States had been enjoying a good market before the pandemic hit. Kevin Stanger of Wada Farms says: “Up until the pandemic hit, the supplies were very tight, not just in Idaho, but nationally as well. Now that the foodservice has dropped off, the supplies are no longer as…

Daniel Verweij, VerDi Import:

"Supply of Spanish Doré slow to get going"

The Spanish potato import season has started again at VerDi Import. Although the Barendrecht company has mainly focused on fruit imports in the last decade, the roots of the Verweij family in the potato trade are still evident in this specialised branch. VerDi grows the Spanish Doré in the delta of the…

Jan Franje, Franje Onions, the Netherlands:

"Dry weather, skin problems for onions; for now, the coronavirus is impeding our work less"

The demand for yellow, organic onions has been very quiet so far. But there is increasing demand from the Netherlands' neighboring countries. That is according to Jan Franje of Franje Onions. "In markets like Germany, Austria, and France, local organic onions are running out. They then buy from the…

PGA Executive Director Terence Hochstein:

‘Vulnerability of the Canadian supply chain tested to its limits’

In an Executive Director report, Terence Hochstein of the Potato Growers of Alberta said: “As I write this article for May 1st, Canada is now 107 days from the first reported…

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Ukraine to increase onion acreage by 30% in 2020

APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits experts has forecast that Ukraine will increase its onion acreage by 30% in 2020. According to preliminary estimates, professional manufacturers plan to increase onion areas by that number on average. Experts emphasize that these are preliminary indicators, but the fact…

Weird trick can make an onion taste like an apple

Our five senses—taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight—don’t function in completely separately. They work together in intricate ways. Consider this: With our eyes covered and our nose plugged, we probably can’t ­distinguish an apple from an onion. Without our eyes to see, an apple is an apple and an…

Lower volume on 2020 Vidalia onions

Vidalia onions look to be somewhat lower in volume this season. “There were some rains and later in the deal there were heavy, heavy rains. This affected the onions a bit, and then a few weeks ago we had a tornado come through with some hail,” says Bob Stafford of the Vidalia Onion Committee in Vidalia,…

Exports going strong

Abundant supply and strong yields of sweet potatoes

When Australia went into lock down there was an initial big spike in demand for most products, fresh or otherwise, but the market seems to have calmed down now. “In the weeks after the lock down demand was quite erratic and very difficult to predict,” according to Damian Botha from Sweet Potatoes…

McCain Foods GB embraces Restrain sprout inhibitor as replacement for CIPC

Date 30 April 2020 Potato processor McCain Foods (GB) Ltd is using ethylene and specifically the anti-sprouting system Restrain as its preferred replacement for the soon to be withdrawn CIPC. McCain Foods GB, the UK business of the world's largest producer of frozen potato products, has been using…

Canada: Planting recommendations for 2020 potato crop

The United Potato Growers of Canada released the following information regarding planting recommendations for the 2020 potato crop. As growers head to the fields with their potato planters, much uncertainty lies about future demand for the crop and what is the appropriate supply to meet the needs of the…

Chinese potato export is likely to grow this year as the international potato price reaches record high

The global potato price increased because the production volumes in major production areas declined. The price is already higher than in the last 6 years. The Chinese potato…

Irish Domestic Potato Market Report

Potato market disruption continues

At this time, the amount of potatoes that remain in stores across Europe is still a primary concern and planting strategies must be altered in some cases as a result. Market disruption continues as retail demand remains buoyant but the processing trade continues to struggle severely. The continued…

Salento early potatoes: a new 3 kg box for Italian and foreign large-scale distribution

The marketing campaign for early potatoes from Salento, in Puglia, started on February 15-20 with tubers grown in greenhouse. Later, the open field product will follow, around 10-15 March. Prices are slightly lower than normal because of the stop of the HoReCa sector and the closure of local/weekly…

Cheap onions from India put pressure on Chinese onion price

China is one of the largest onion producers in the world. The country supplies a huge domestic market and exports to overseas markets as well. In the last few months, the export price of Chinese onions experienced frequent fluctuations. Mr. Jack Meng of Jining Greenfarm Import and Export Co., Ltd.…

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Gambia: Lack of Irish potatoes in Serrekunda market

As the month of Ramadan has commenced last Friday, both sellers and buyers in Serrekunda market are now experiencing a scarcity of Irish potatoes there. A shop owner in Serrekunda market said the scarcity of these goods has nothing to do with COVID-19, as the demand is always high every Ramadan,…

Sarawut Muensang

Sweet potato slip production in Canadian greenhouses

With 66,000 tonnes of sweet potatoes coming from the U.S. annually, there are plenty of opportunities for local sweet potato production in Canada. Sweet potato consumption in…

Idaho and Eastern Oregon onion industry hit hard by loss of foodservice

The Idaho and Eastern Oregon onion growing region located in Idaho and Malheur County Oregon is one of the largest growing regions in the United States, and provides approximately 45% of the onions consumed in the United States from mid-August until April. Most of the onions are sold to foodservice. As a…

Eudaemon

Province of Ontario invests $2.5 million to grow agri-food e-business during crisis

The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced they are investing up to $2.5 million to help the agri-food sector expand online. The investment hopes to help producers…

Jason Row

Egyptian agro exports enter 4 new markets

On Monday, the Head of the Central Administration for Agricultural Quarantine, Ahmed al-Attar, stated that the Egyptian agricultural exports sector has not been affected by…

In order to create a buffer stock

Indian federal government directs Nafed to commence onion procurement

India’s federal government has directed the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India (Nafed) to commence procurement of 40,000-50,000 tons of summer…

Dacey Balle - Balle Bros

"To maintain consistent supply it's more important than ever that we plan with our customers in advance.”

"Balle Bros Group is a family farming business with a long history as a supplier of fresh New Zealand onions. The Group is vertically integrated with its own farms, packhouse, logistics, export and sales operations. The dry summer in New Zealand has resulted in less large size onions but good quality &…


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