Potatoes and Onions

Laura Bosquet, Culture Pom :

Potatoes: low demand has pushed prices down despite quality

In France, the potato harvest began 4 weeks ago. "The first multi-purpose potatoes were harvested in the Aube department. As for the yields that have recently begun to increase, since the beginning of the harvest, they have been around 45/50 tonnes per hectare. It should be noted that these volumes vary…

"Stable start for new onion export season in China"

"The new onion export season officially started this month. The overall product quality of our onions is quite good. The current export price is at the same level as around this time last year." This is according to Ms. Annie Chen of Jining Fenduni Foodstuff Co., Ltd. Onions Onions "Our onions come from…

Kenya: National Potato Council chief exec urges farmers to buy certified seeds

In Nakuru County, there are about 20,000 farmers growing potatoes on more than 15,400 ha of land with a total production of 160,000 tonnes of assorted varieties being grown, making Nakuru the second largest producer of the crop in Kenya (after Nyandarua County). However, a lack of certified seeds and…

Onion prices monitored in Panama

Officials of Panama's Consumer Protection Authority (Acodeco) approached stallholders in Merca Panama on August 16th, to check that imported onions are not being sold at above the permitted prices. More than 6 million tons of onions were imported tariff-free in an emergency move. National and imported yellow onions, packaged or…

Wim Waterman:

"With the help of imports we had more than enough onions and work last season"

Every onion season is unique, but the past season will certainly go down as special. "Although we were worried beforehand that we wouldn't have enough volume to process, this…

Kees Schouten, Altena Potatoes:

"Potato prices under pressure due to tame exports"

The potato export is still behind on expectations, says Kees Schouten of potato wholesaler Altena Potatoes from Veen. "Thankfully the demand domestically is starting to pick up, after it was very calm during the summer heat, but export hasn't. This is putting pressure on the prices." Joop, Eddy and Kees…

16% increase in number of interceptions of harmful organisms in the EU

According to the agricultural organization Asaja Málaga, in 2018, the number of interceptions of harmful organisms in the European Union grew by 15.9% compared to the previous…

Dutch potatoes substandard - South American traders turn to China

"We have recently received a great number of orders from South American traders. In previous seasons these traders imported from the Netherlands. However, according to their feedback, the potatoes they recently imported from the Netherlands easily spoiled. The product quality is below standard. South…

NZ: Industry to take lead on long-term management of potato mop-top virus

A joint Biosecurity New Zealand and Potatoes New Zealand response to the crop disease Potato mop-top virus (PMTV) is being closed out, with industry taking the lead on…

What is America's most popular potato dish?

The most popular potato preparation in America is the French fry. That’s according to an analysis of food ordering data between January 2018 and July 2019 by DoorDash,…

US Market update

Onions: Market and crop update for August the 15th

Idaho-E. Oregon and Washington: Jason Pearson with Eagle Eye Produce reported to us from his Nyssa, OR, office on Aug. 14, saying, “We are shipping Idaho/Oregon right now and…

Canadian Potato CropReport August

Prince Edward Island PEI’s potato crop got off to a good start and most fields have achieved full canopy.Unfortunately,weather in the past month has been hot and dry.There…

Market Report Austria KW 33/2019:

'Rising potato offer, onion prices a bit weaker'

In mid-August, the Austrian potato market is largely unchanged from the previous weeks. The precipitation in recent days has improved the conditions for the regional harvest,…

"Chinese potato price runs high because of typhoon Lekima"

Typhoon Lekima landed on Chinese shores last weekend. The typhoon caused destruction in several Chinese cities. Shouguang was one of the areas affected most by the extreme weather conditions. Shouguang is one of the most important vegetable production areas in China. Mr. Liu discussed the impact of…

Condifresh: “The first French onions have arrived on the shelves”

After a peculiar year on the onion market, French onions are available again at wholesalers and in supermarkets. “In mid-July, we started harvesting the first French onions for our brand “Condichef”, which are now available on the supermarket shelves,” explains David Archer, category director at…

Size and count possibly down for 2019-2020 Idaho potato crop

As a top potato growing state starts its 2019-2020 crop, growers in Idaho are hoping to lengthen the growing season as much as possible. “We’ll start the new crop of potatoes on Monday of next week. Right now our preliminary digs show that, in terms of yield, we’re off significantly,” says Ryan Wahlen of…

India:

Monsoon impact: Lasalgaon onion prices firm upon demand from other states

The Centre has already created an onion buffer stock of 55,700 tonne in a bid to stabilise prices in case of scarcity during August-September period. Commodities such as onions, primarily supplied from Nashik district of Maharashtra, recorded a uniform increase in price across the country because of…

Panama still has onion supply problems

Panama has been unable to restore its onion supply despite the exceptional duty-free imports that took place in July. According to the leader of the Association of Highland…

Main harvest of Bavarian organic potatoes is approaching

"Great growth opportunities for organic potatoes in out-of-the-home catering"

Since mid-June, local organic potatoes from Bavarian fields have been available to retailers, but larger quantities have only been offered since the beginning of the month. "The starting position could be a bit better, but we cannot complain. The demand is still somewhat subdued, but this is normal,…

50 bucks for five potato chips

For those who feel premium A-brand potato chips just aren't good enough, search no further. For the low low price of Rs 4000 (56 US dollars) you can be the owner of exactly five potato chips. There is a Swedish potato chips company which is famous in the market due to its special potato. A Swedish Brewery named St. Eric has…

Court deems contract between major potato wholesaler and growers in breach of Horticulture Code

In proceedings brought by the ACCC, the Federal Court has declared that certain terms of contracts between Australia’s largest potato wholesaler, Mitolo Group Pty Ltd, and…

Governments make $15.6M available to P.E.I. farmers affected by poor 2018 harvest

The governments of Canada and P.E.I., under the AgriRecovery Framework, will provide up to $15.6 million to assist producers affected by the poor 2018 fall harvest. In 2018, cold weather crept up quickly on potatoes that were still trying to grow from an unusually dry summer. In addition to the cold…

Frans Cool, Paul Cool:

“Belgian growers panicked because of mediocre trade in onion sets”

“Things are a bit difficult in the onion sector. There’s not much trade in onion sets at the moment, and as a result, growers are panicking. They’re worried they’ll be stuck with the onion sets, but considering the situation, I’m not worried about that. Due to the dry weather, volumes are expected to be…

"Sweet potato supply season in northeast China begins in early September"

"Our sweet potatoes are not yet entirely ripe. The sweet potatoes need to grow a bit more before they meet commercial requirements, but their appearance already looks good. We expect that our sweet potatoes will be ready for harvest by the end of August. After a brief period in which the sweet potatoes…

Season start for local summer onions

Over 130,000 tonnes less onions than last year

Directly following tomatoes and carrots are onions, ranked at no.3 of the most popular vegetables. The current harvest, cold stored, will last until next spring - but the dry…

Bags of potatoes can not exceed the 50 kg limit when transported

Meru traders clash with cops over new potato rule

There was a commotion in Meru town after potato traders clashed with police over new regulations. Police on Thursday threw teargas canisters at traders at Gakoromone market…

First potatoes out of the ground in Idaho

Some of the first Idaho potatoes are coming out of the ground this week for the 2019/2020 season. Reports indicate that yield is good and the size profile is peaking on mid sizes with a good spread either way. "Our harvest starts August 9 and we plan to start shipping right away," shared Colin Gibson of…

Dan Sawatzky, Keystone Potato Producers Association:

"This year's lack of potatoes is an anomaly for Canada"

As grocery stores around the province of Manitoba haven't had the usual amount of local potatoes this year, manager of Keystone Potato Producers Association Dan Sawatzky…

India: Maharashtra onion growers to get Rs 3.87 billion subsidy dues

Onion growers in Maharashtra, who were seeking pending dues of the grant given by the state government after prices had crashed in the previous season, are likely to get…

Market Report Austria KW 32/2019:

'Quiet potato sales, assortment change for onions approaching'

After the unusually stable price situation in recent weeks, there were price adjustments on the Austrian potato market at the end of the month. The more favorable harvest conditions caused deliveries to increase slightly. At present, early and final varieties are being marketed, with the harvesting of…

European potato market (week 32)

Netherlands: the trend completely reversed last week

European physical markets Summary of prices (source: NEPG) : Belgium : message from the Fiwap / PCA markets : Industry: calm market with few transactions observed. Lower prices tend to limit supply, which is not excessive. On the other hand, industrial demand is delaying because contracts are taking…

Canada

Alliston: New potato variety named after spud capital of Ontario

In mid-July, a new variety of potato named Alliston was officially registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, taking its name from the potato capital of Ontario. The new variety was developed by a potato breeder from Quebec named Andre Gagnon. Gagnon wanted to create a spud with a round to oval…

Taiwan: Sweet potato enters global market

On August 6th, the Council of Agriculture held the Innovation Incubation Graduation Presentation, in which 15 Taiwanese companies took part and showed the fruits of their labor. According to the Council of Agriculture, agricultural start-ups focus more and more on the use of technology, and working with…

Kenyan farmers want all counties to enforce potato law

Potato farmers in Kinangop Nyandarua, now want all counties to enforce the new 50kg potato packaging rule to avoid losses. They noted that farmers who had complied with the rule were the biggest losers as brokers were still buying the extended bags from other counties. This came as the prices of the…

Oregon, US

Nyssa project may not ship onions for three years

Supporters of a $26 million rail reload center north of Nyssa will not be shipping onions in the next three years, according to a draft timeline document from the Malheur…

Price of Chinese potatoes on the rise

Most of the potatoes currently on the Chinese market come from Yutian in Hebei and Suizhong in Liaoning, with a small additional supply from Mudanjiang in Heilongjiang and an…

Potato prices double due to shortage in Europe

The price of potatoes has reached record levels. The low production in Europe due to the dry weather has caused the export figures to plummet in the main producing countries (France, the Netherlands and Germany), while Spain, where the harvest has not been so bad, has been selling more abroad due to the…

Australia: Tasmanian potato growers push for price increases

Last month, Tasmanian potato growers unanimously rejected Simplot's price offer. They are still working to negotiate a new contract. The company was offering a price increase…

Western Australia: Potato growers plan to send more spuds overseas

Western Australia’s embattled potato growers are planning to extend their collaboration in order to reach a sevenfold increase in spud exports within five years. WA Potato…

Chinese potatoes enter market in large volumes, how will the price respond?

The first harvest of potatoes enters the Chinese market every year in April and May. The second harvest enters the market in August and September. The overall conditions in…

Sweet potato shortage in US creates opportunities for Egypt

Egypt is having one of their better seasons when it comes to the sweet potatoes. The shortages in the United States leaves a window of opportunity for the Egyptian exporters. European demand is even slightly overwhelming for one exporter, who’s had to hire more people to deal with the extra work. For…

Tatties gone? Scientists discover wild potatoes key for stronger spuds

Potatoes have been a staple of Scotland’s diet for half a millennium, but new research suggests that limited genetic differences in potato lineages has left British and American spuds vulnerable to the disease that caused the Irish potato famine. Plant scientists at the University of Dundee and the James…

UK potato growers worried about looming homegrown crop shortage

UK consumers may face a shortage of home-grown potatoes next year as stocks run out due to new storage rules. Experts fear a 12-week gap could open up in the UK supply in 2020…

Canadian Potatoes 2019: Acreage and status mid-July

Last week Statistics Canada provided an estimate of the potato acreage in Canada by Province. Canadian potato farmers planted 360,543 acres (145 906 hectares) of potatoes in 2019, up 3.3% from 2018. Seeded area was up in Alberta (+11.5%), Manitoba (+5.3%) and New Brunswick (+3.8%). The increase in seeded…

Takii and Go Products introduce UNIO

Breeder Takii and onion set specialist Go Products are intensifying their collaboration with the introduction of ‘UNIO’, a new brand for onion sets. The alliance partners aim to use UNIO to reshape their profile in a more meaningful way, and to more firmly position themselves in the onion set market.…

Steaming process effect on carotenoids and folate in sweet pootato roots

Carotenoids and folate are two mandatory supplying micronutrients for children or pregnant women. Inadequate intake of these two nutrients is relevant to a higher mortality of both children and pregnancies. World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are still about 250 million preschool…

New Zealand grower launches home compostable vegetable netting

A Hawke’s Bay vegetable producer has become the first New Zealand grower to use home compostable netting for organic onions. The move by Bostock New Zealand is the latest development by the company, to reduce its plastic packaging. It was the first New Zealand apple grower to trial compostable fruit…

2019 National Potato Council summer meeting wrap

The National Potato Council (NPC) Summer Meeting held July 10-12 in Wisconsin Dells at the Chula Vista Resort brought together nearly 150 potato growers and industry leaders to discuss national potato industry policy priorities. Attendees heard from speakers on a variety of topics including: farm and…

Potato blossoms on PEI

The Potato Blossom Festival in O’Leary, PEI may have just finished, however, driving around the Island roads this time of year is particularly beautiful as the potato fields are now out in blossom. Potatoes are annual plants, and like most annuals will produce flowers. While each variety is different, most potato varieties…

Onion peeling line processes 12,000 onions per hour

The video below shows an onion peeling line developed by Finis. With the aid of sensors the onions are laid out straight, so that they can be peeled by air streams. The line can process up to 12,000 onions per hour.

Market Report Austria KW 29/2019:

'Manageable supply of new potatoes, price pressure shapes onion market'

The Austrian new potato market is showing an unusually stable outlook. The main factor for this market situation is the supply situation, which is still tight. With the…

Statistics Canadian report

Canada: 2019 potato acreage up 3.3% on 2018

Statistics Canada released their first estimate of potato acreage in Canada as a result of data obtained from their survey of potato growers in Canada. Statistics Canada has…

US: Virginia potato prices up as much as 120%

July is peak time for the Virginia potato harvest. The past few summers have been unusually tough for the crop: the most recent Annual Potato and Vegetable Review found that…

Food firm signs UK-wide deal to supply Ayrshire potatoes

The delicious Ayrshire potato - made a protected geographical food status by the EU - is available for summer salads and posh picnics throughout the British Isles this summer.…

Costa Rica: Minister says "no" to potato imports

Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Luis Felipe Arauz said no to the possibility of evaluating imports of potatoes, despite demands made by the industrial sector. He says a…

Panama reduces the tariff on onion imports to 0%

Panama's National Government has approved reducing the import tariff of onions to 0% until September 15, 2019, to purchase 6,000 tons of this vegetable until that date or…

Sufficient local volumes are still some two weeks away

Good sales opportunities for German new potatoes in northern France

The domestic potato sector is currently in the middle of the German early potato-campaign. Pleasing quantities of early tubers are currently on offer to the trade and export customers. Henning Bannick, Managing Director of the Bavarian Straubinger Kartoffelhandel, knows there is an interesting market for…

Potato market update 17 July

Ireland: Lack of rain starts to cause concern

All across Europe, crops are generally looking very good, but a lack of precipitation is beginning to cause concern. There is potential for quite good yields where irrigation is available. Irrigation is taking place in many parts of the country for the main crop following the dry period last week.…

Nagpur, Maharashtra

Onion output likely to take a hit due to break in monsoon

Onions, an important staple in the Indian kitchen, are set to become costlier if there are no rains in the coming days. Although the prices of onions are under control, in the coming days - with the Met Department’s forecast that monsoon would take a break - the prices are going to climb. “This year, the…

Onion prices in Bangladesh are high due to ‘artificial crisis’

The prices of onion and green chili have doubled in kitchen markets of the capital in a week due to insufficient supplies and inclement weather, while demand is high as the…

Felix Molenaar, Fa. Molenaar:

“Dutch potato market a bubble that’s about to burst”

According to Felix Molenaar of the eponymous potato company from Haarlem, the Netherlands, the table potato market is very calm. “That’s not unusual at the start of the summer, but it has actually been like this since February. We had temperatures of +20 degrees Celsius for ten days back then, and the…

Harvesting too quickly could cause prices to fall

ASAJA Salamanca asks for the staggering of the potato harvest not to be ignored

The agrarian organization ASAJA Salamanca has issued a statement asking potato producers not to speed up the harvesting tasks, even though prices are favorable at present. The organization has explained that if the normal cycles were ignored, prices would fall, to the detriment of the growers, so ASAJA…

Philippines: Benguet potato growers double yield with seeds from Canada

According to the Philippines Department of Agriculture (DA), Benguet potato farmers reported a double yield with the use of potato seeds from Canada. “Farmers reported during the harvest festival that they harvested an average of 20 tons which at only P30 per kilo could easily earn them P600,000 in just…

Minister Tipu Munshi: prices will come down soon

Bangladesh onion prices spiralling despite drop in wholesale market

Althou gh the prices have decreased in the Bangladesh wholesale markets, onion prices still remain high in the retail markets, selling at Tk50 to Tk60 per kg On Tuesday, at…

Brand Finance’s 2019 list:

Frito-Lay & McCain rated among most valuable food brands worldwide

Two potato processors rank in the top 10 of Brand Finance’s 2019 list of most valuable food brand’s in the world. Frito-Lay, owned by PepsiCo, ranked eighth on the list with a…

Prices of onions double in Bangladesh due to India’s squeeze on exporters

Onion prices at retail level have doubled in the space of just 10 days, following India’s withdrawal of incentives on onion exports for its farmers. Consumers though smelt a…

Spain: Leonese onion acreage almost doubled this year

Onion producers in the Spanish province of León have introduced a new variety this year and are opening markets in their second year of expansion. In a campaign in which the…

Larger volumes will arrive in about two weeks

"Exceptionally early start of Egyptian sweet potatoes"

The starting signal for the Egyptian sweet potato season sounded this week. A few weeks earlier than usual, the first new goods arrived in the Port of Rotterdam at the beginning of the week and they have already been successfully marketed to some extent, confirms Mohamed Moustafa, Managing Director of…

Collaborative discussion between seed potato schemes

On 10 May, a meeting was held between AuSPICA, members of the Tasmanian Certified Seed Potato Scheme (known as TasSeed) and invited industry representatives. Held in Devonport, it provided stimulating and robust discussion between the respective seed potato schemes as well as a forum to exchange…

Green mint oil as a natural alternative for the post-harvesting storage of potatoes

Considering the problematic start of the Italian potato season due to the lack of a few post-harvesting treatments, Cedax country manager Andrea Bosi wanted to share his considerations. "From what I have read, I believe we should be clearer when it comes to a few things. It's not true that there are no…

Jan Franje, Franje Onions:

"Dutch onion set prices have dropped like a stone"

It is very quiet on the Dutch onion market at the moment. "We are currently processing the last of the Egyptian onions. There are, however, ample Dutch onion sets. These are getting in each other's way, putting prices under pressure," says Jan Franje. He is from the Dutch sorting and packing plant of the…

Onion prices still increasing but may taper off next week

Affected by the recent heavy rains and floods in the south and dry weather in the north, vegetable prices across China have rebounded. Onions have experienced the biggest…

US: Great demand and good prices make for great Virginia potato season

Virginia is one of the top potato-producing states during the summer months, with an estimated value of production of nearly $17 million in 2018. David Hickman -of Dublin…

All North-Western potato countries fear drought

Although the area in the 5 largest North Western potato countries increased by 2,2 % towards 611.190 ha, a record, the NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) is not…

Plateau state - Nigeria

‘Blight disease accounts for 50 percent potato losses’

Permanent Secretary of the Plateau State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. Elias Pede has stated that potato blight disease is posing a serious challenge to…

Peru has a new potato that will help farmers weather the cold

In a country with more than 5,000 potato varieties, the arrival of another one should not really be a big deal. But this is Peru, where the potato was first domesticated and still plays a vital role in national identity. A trio of CALS scientists has helped extend this rich tradition by introducing a…

Slim supplies of onions until September

Multiple factors are weighing into a very current tight supply on onions. “In May and very early June, there was inclement weather in the central San Joaquin Valley in…

China: Onion price rising rapidly

The price of onions in the Beijing Xinfadi Agricultural Wholesale Market recently showed rapid growth. The price of onions increased by 16.13% in comparison with last year and…

Harvesting operations of shallots have started

Consortium president Glenda Vignoli confirmed that the bad weather has slowed down harvesting operations of Scalogno di Romagna Igp, a typical product from the Ravenna area and the Riole Terme municipality in particular. "The product is of the highest quality, which surprised us as we were afraid that…

Production and sales in Switzerland remain balanced

Supply and demand for new potatoes well-balanced

The quality of the new potatoes is still good to very good, Swisspatat writes in a statement. So there are only isolated products with wireworm or snail damage, Dry Core or…

European potato market (week 28)

Germany: “Globally, the drought is starting to do damage”

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Early industrial potatoes: the market is fed both by early potatoes from around Bordeaux (often produced by Belgian farmers; with Première and Innovator, with very variable yields and qualities (some disappointing…

Europatat activity report outlines organisation set-up

The European Potato Trade Association ‘Europatat’ is an international non-profit association that gathers national associations and companies involved in the trade of seed potatoes and ware potatoes from all over Europe. It has released a new report, outlining the organisation set-up, but more…

‘Weather could save Irish growers'

New potato blight strain found in UK

A new strain of late blight called '36_A2', that spread rapidly in Europe before arriving in the UK in 2017, and has been detected in frequent samples taken in the UK. According to Teagasc Crops specialist Shay Phelan, this outbreak of potato blight in the UK poses no immediate risk to Irish growers.…

Market Report Austria CW 28/2019:

'Stable price situation for potatoes, onion prices lower again'

The heat wave is over now, but the problems on the Austrian new potato market remain. This weekend's precipitation in Lower Austrian growing areas were neither nationwide nor…

New harvest of Chinese potatoes about to enter market in large volumes, price likely to drop

Potato production areas are distributed widely across China. The harvest generally enters the market in large volumes in April and May. The second harvest generally enters the…

New crop onions from Quebec only two weeks away

For some onion growers in Quebec, the harvest is only a matter of weeks away. While conditions have been generally cool and rainy during spring and early summer, hotter…

Indian onion growers in Maharashtra state seek pending subsidy dues

Onion growers in Maharashtra are seeking pending payments from the onion grant given by the state government after prices went down in the previous season. The government had approved grants of Rs200 per 100 kgs (up to a maximum of 20 tons) to onion growers in Maharashtra in December 2018 for the period…

Potato handling fully automated thanks to Europe’s largest plastic pallet box

Goplasticpallets.com has seen an increased adoption of automation in the UK potato industry. Much of this is based around systems developed and implemented by Deprez Handling…

Enriquez Farms running Walla Walla Sweets into early August

Walla Walla Sweets are on the move from fath er/son team of Fernando Enriquez Sr. and Fernando Enriquez Jr. and their operation, Enriquez Farms in Walla Walla. Fernando Jr.…

South African organic sweet potatoes available soon

The sweet potato market is growing rapidly. At the request of Pro-Plum Orchards (producer of among other items, organic apples and stone fruit) OTC Organics B.V. conducted a market research on organic sweet potatoes. OTC Organics (distributor of organic fruit and vegetables) concluded that the demand was…

India: Launch of high-yielding varieties of onion & garlic

Indian scientists of the National Horticulture Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF) have developed two high-yielding and short-duration varieties - both onion and…

Highest Agrico payout ever

Cooperative Agrico has determined the payout prices for seed and consumption potatoes from the 2018 harvest and presented them to its members. The average price for seed potatoes in overall sizes…

The 'Potato of the Future'

The potato of the future will be more drought tolerant and disease resistant, more environmentally sustainable and climate smart, and meet the needs of producers and consumers. It will add value and help drive the transformation of international food systems. And China’s role in driving this process will be vital. Highlighting…

Potato campaign to start soon in the Spanish region of Castile-Leon

This week, the potato campaign will start in the Spanish region of Castile-Leon. Eduardo Arroyo, president of the Association of Potato Producers of Castile-Leon (APPACYL), said that at the moment, prices are high; around 50 cents / kg, mostly due to a shortage of potatoes in the market. The potatoes…

Turkey: Red onions in demand from European and Middle Eastern countries

Erdek, Balikesir, a city located in northwestern Turkey, grows red onions that were awarded a geographical indication from the Turkish Patent Institute last year. Farmers grow red onions in five neighborhoods in the area. While, the harvest season for red onions continues, the product is in demand from…

Spain

Ban on potato cultivation in Asturias hopefully lifted "as soon as possible"

Potato cultivation in Asturias has been hit by a Guatemalan moth pest, making it necessary to bring the productions to a halt in order to control and eradicate the pest.…

French potatoes recalled by Lidl for insecticide risk

Bags of French-grown potatoes have been recalled by supermarket group Lidl after the produce was found to have breached the maximum allowed limit for residues of the insecticide fosthiazate. The recall affects “Nouvelle Récolte”-branded bags of Colomba variety potatoes (below), sold in Lidl by the…

"Onion prices a bit higher than last year"

“Weather conditions this year have had little effect on the yields. However, the planted area of onions has decreased this year due to low prices last year, and the overall production has also declined. The price of onions this season is a bit higher compared with the same period last year, and there is…

Aviko Potato:

“Competitive advantage for French potatoes in processing industry”

The French potato production has a competitive advantage for the processing industry in relation to the Netherlands, Germany or Belgium, because French potatoes contain more…

Colorado potato growers await warmer days

Potato growers in Colorado are hoping to see some warmer days and more sunshine this summer in order to make up some lost time. Cool nights early on in the growing season has caused the crop to be behind schedule. Overall however, conditions are relatively favorable and the new crop is coming along well.…

Tasmanian farmers demand higher potato pay as Simplot records $62m profit

According to several Tasmanian potato growers, Simplot is not paying them enough for their vegetables, as they negotiate a new contract with the vegetable processing giant. It comes six months after the Australian reported that Simplot's profits increased 10-fold in 2018. Simplot's Australian division…

Price of open-field potatoes continues to fall

New season potatoes are gradually becoming available, however, this year's new season potato prices are somewhat low, with the retail price of less than 2 yuan per kilo.…

European potato market (week 27)

Belgium: the market is considered stable

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial early potatoes: the first transactions in the varieties Première and Amora took place last week. The market is supplied with early potatoes from France (Bordeaux) and Germany, but also by the last stocks…

Company offer 'should be doubled'

Tasmania: Potato growers reject Simplot price increase

Simplot potato growers in Tasmania met in Deloraine last night and their verdict on the offer from the processor was unanimous: the growers stated that the $40 extra offered…

Canada: Ontario early potato crop progressing well

In Canada, the potato crop is progressing well across the province of Ontario. The harvest of early potatoes for the fresh market is expected to start by July 18 in…

EarthFresh Farms to showcase organic potatoes at OPS

Another company that has exhibited at the Organic Produce Summit since the inaugural show in 2016, EarthFresh Farms is looking forward to another year of talking organics. EarthFresh works with farmers all over North America and offers both conventional and organic options for a number of potato…

Melbourne, Australia

All things onions on the menu at Onions Australia’s recent Levy Payers’ meeting

All things onions were on the menu at Onions Australia’s recent Levy Payers’ meeting in Melbourne. The session, held as a shoulder event to Hort Connections, was attended by 50 industry representatives from every state in Australia, while a group of New Zealand onion industry representatives also…

New sweet potato variety could appeal to Canadian growers

The idea was straightforward: develop a sweet potato variety that could be adapted across Canada so the country could grow more sweet potatoes rather than rely on imports. “It basically came down to developing a new sweet potato variety that was an early maturing variety. The varieties currently…

Gerard Hoekman, Mulder Onions:

"Large supply of yellow Egyptian onions pressures onion market"

The import of New Zealand onions is as good as done at Mulder Onions. "We are looking back at a good season. The prices have been very stable. The demand was good and this…

Market Report Austria CW 27/2019:

'Low yields for early potatoes, onion sales down somewhat'

The heat and lack of rainfall ensure that early potato yields in Lower Austria remain very low at the beginning of July. Where ver it is possible to clear, farmers clear the…

China: Potatoes from Dingxi popular in export markets

The 4th China-Europe Potato Sustainability Symposium is to take place in Dingxi City on September 18-20, and the city is currently preparing for this event. Potato cultivation center “Dingxi is one of the four major potato producing areas in China. It has been growing potatoes for over 200 years and is…

Iran: Potato prices double as inflation takes flight

As high inflation has ravaged Iran’s economy in recent weeks, the price for potatoes has doubled to 90,000 rials per kilo, or around US$0.70. Industry representatives in Iran…

Potato Market Update July 3rd

Ireland: ‘Overall, crops are looking good and yields should be boosted’

Dry warmer weather last week was welcomed to alleviate the poor fieldwork conditions in some parts of Ireland. Overall crops are looking good and yields should be boosted by the recent warm spell. Lifting conditions have improved this week following the dry spell. Lifting of queens resumed in most parts…

Finalising pending agreement on/prior to August 1

Mart Group & ProSource Combine into single potato/onion supplier

Idaho-based potato grower-shipper The Mart Group, LLC., operating as Mart Produce, and Idaho-based ProSource Inc. will finalize the pending agreement on or prior to Aug. 1. At…

Lower red onion yields and grades due to the bad weather

The harvesting of red onions from Acquaviva delle Fonti has just started. It is a niche product, but it has gained popularity on a national level. Vito Abrusci is behind all initiatives and reported that "harvesting started on 1st July and will continue for a few weeks." Vito Abrusci Grades are varied as…

85% of potatoes have been harvested in Puglia

Despite starting slightly late due to the incessant rain in May, the potato campaign in Puglia is now in full swing. "We started harvesting as soon as the weather improved and, at the moment, we have harvested 80-90% of the produce. Then we will start to sell produce that has been stocked, which will be…

Cosme Catalán, by Patatas Catalán:

Spain: "There is still no viable alternative to chlorpropham"

The 1st Conference on the Future of Potatoes in Spain dealt with several essential issues, emphasising the future positioning of the Spanish potato as a reference product in Europe. The event, organised at the Patatas Meléndez facilities, brought together almost two hundred professionals. One of the…

World Potato Congress:

WPC announces new international advisor – Mr. Lu Xiaoping

The World Potato Congress is pleased to announce that Mr. Lu, Xiaoping is to become WPC’s newest International Advisor. Mr. Lu, Xiaoping, joined the International Potato…

"Consumers love the fact that these potatoes are freshly harvested"

Cornish New potatoes, the UK’s first mainland New potato crop of the year, signal the start of summer for Tesco shoppers, as they launched in national stores in June “We know consumers love the fact that these potatoes are freshly harvested and brought to store in the shortest amount of time possible.…

New Zealand’s very first organic onions arrive in Europe

New Zealand’s very first export of organic onions have arrived in Europe – and the kiwi exporter who grew them was there to open the container for the historical moment. Bostock New Zealand has exported organic onions for the first time as it moves to meet the growing demand for one of the world’s most…

Potato campaign starts at €0.30/kg

The first price for potatoes has been defined in Emilia Romagna and it is a profitable one. The price of packaged potatoes entering the market was also defined in compliance with the framework agreement, as new potatoes have almost ended. The price was established at €0.30/kg for ex works produce. The…

Next bite-size potato promotion hopes to inspire adventure

Tasteful Selections has announced an adventure-based theme for the promotion of its small-sized potatoes over the next two months. “When you first set off for an adventure,…

Southern Shan State - Myanmar

Heho Potato Company potato cold storage opens

A cold storage warehouse for potatoes of the Heho Potato Company was official opened on 21st of June, 2019 in Heho, Southern Shan State, Myanmar. This is the third professional cold storage facility for potatoes in Myanmar and the first commercial warehouse which compasses substantial storage capacities,…

Statistics Netherlands: Area of seed onion reaches record size

The production of onions and potatoes increased in 2019. Compared to a year earlier, the onion area increased by nearly nine and seven per cent. The area of potatoes was expanded by more than two per cent in one year. This is according to preliminary results of the agricultural census 2019 of Statistics…

1st Conference on the Future of Potatoes in Spain

"The objective is to make Castile-Leon a European leader in the supply of quality potatoes"

In his closing speech at the First Conference on the Future of Potatoes in Spain, held last week in Medina del Campo, Javier Meléndez, general director of Patatas Meléndez,…

China: "Onion production lower than last year"

Last year, onion production in the Netherlands, one of the world's major onion producing regions, was greatly reduced due to extreme weather, resulting in the world onion market structure shifting dramatically. As a result, many countries turned their attention to other onion producing countries to meet…

There's limited room for onion prices to rise further

Recently, onion prices in China have been rising continuously. Affected by factors such as reduced production and reduced supply from storage, onion supplies in China are…

Lamb Weston boosts research with $3.5 million investment in Richland

Frozen potato giant Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. is investing $3.5 million at its Richland campus to support research. Construction of the new potato storage building connected to the research center should be finished this fall, said the company, based in Eagle, Idaho. Fisher Construction Group is the…


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