Potatoes and Onions

Italian Darkstone F1 onion has already proven its qualities in Italy, and Central, Southern and Eastern Europe

The Italian onion that satisfies the entire supply chain

An onion with a very dark bronze color, high yield, uniformity in ripening, shape and size. These are some of the results achieved in the last two years with the Darkstone F1 onion, developed by the Italian Maraldi Sementi. Their aim was to develop an onion of the highest quality that is suitable for the…

Ian Crispin - Pacific Produce

No storm damage to Honduran sweet potatoes, first arrivals Jan/Feb

Honduras has had to cope with two major storms in recent weeks, Eta at the beginning of November and Lota a couple of weeks later, which caused rising river levels, flooding, and landslides. Despite the damage caused in some parts of the country, Ian Crispin, Commercial Director at Pacific Produce Ltd…

West Bengal wholesalers not allowed to store more than 25 tons of potatoes and onions

To control the rising onion and potato prices, the West Bengal government has issued a directive that no wholesale trader will be allowed to store more than 25 tons and those…

Pandemic has big impact on Egyptian spring onion season

“Spring onion orders for next season are already lower than they were last year”

The spring onions in Egypt have been facing a rough time ever since the coronavirus started spreading around the globe. The end of last season made one exporter lose money on the shipments, and as long as restaurants remain closed, a good chunk of the potential customer-base will be unable to order their…

Industrial use of California onions spikes

While retail have seen strong sales in onions in 2020, demand for industrial uses of onions have also jumped. “We’ve seen a growth in the industrial market because in 2020, shelf-stable products are flying off the shelves. Companies are ramping up production of these products and onions are a great…

European potato market (week 48)

Market still tough for processing potatoes

European physical marketsSummary of € / t prices (source: NEPG): BelgiumMessage from the Fiwap / PCA markets:Industrial potatoes: the industrial demand is almost non-existent on the free market (factories remain supplied through contracts). There are reports of demand for export (also via Dutch exporters)…

The measure will be applied throughout the Principality, except in Vegadeo and San Tirso de Abres

Asturias will lift the ban on potato cultivation in January

In 2021, the Government of the Principality of Asturias will lift the ban it imposed on potato cultivation four years ago to eradicate the Guatemalan moth plague (Tecia…

PhD research at Michigan State University Michigan State University

Natalie Kaiser tries 'harnessing the power of potatoes'

Natalie Kaiser’s love for plants started as a child growing up around her parents’ organic greenhouse business in upstate New York. She did her undergrad studies in plant…

Rwanda: Start of the Irish potato harvest expected to improve food access

This year, Rwanda is experiencing good crop conditions with an expected average 2020/2021 season A harvest. The start of the Irish potato harvest in the Northern Province and…

Canada: PEI seed potato growers to receive government assistance

The government of Prince Edward Island has announced it will come to the aid of the province’s seed potato growers through an assistance program, compensating for the negative…

Popularity of sweet potatoes, a Thanksgiving staple, continues to grow

If sweet potatoes are on your Thanksgiving menu this year, you are not alone. According to the Economic Research Service’s (ERS) food availability data, supplies of sweet potatoes available for U.S. consumers to eat averaged 7.2 pounds per capita per year in 2017-19, up from an average 3.9 pounds in…

Overall supply volume declined

Production season of Chinese "sugar potato" sweet potato has begun

"Our 'sugar potato' sweet potatoes are produced in the Honghe Hani and Yi autonomous prefecture in Yunnan. This year the production season began on the 16th of November. That is 2-3 weeks later than last year. This delay is the result of a sudden drop in temperature and excessive rainfall. We expect our…

US potato imports up 19% in first quarter of 2020-2021 marketing year

For the first quarter of the July 2020 – July 2021 marketing year, US potato imports were up by a total of 19%. There was a 28% increase in fresh potato imports from Canada, which were mainly for the retail market on the US East Coast. There was also a 20% increase in imports of frozen potatoes, which…

Recent rains affect potato productions in different Brazilian states

The strong storms and hail that hit several Brazilian states last week have impacted the country's potato production. The rains affected the plantations in the south of the…

Transporting 180 tons of onions

Western Railway's first Kisan Rail left for Guwahati

Yesterday, the first Kisan Rail of Western Railway (WR) transporting 180 tons of onions, left for New Guwahati station from Indore in Madhya Pradesh. According to railway…

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee:

‘New farm laws have led to black market sales of potatoes and onions’

Only yesterday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated that the new farm laws enacted by the federal government have led to black marketing sales of potatoes and…

Pakistan traders to resume onion exports as prices drop

Earlier this week, exporters decided to resume the export of onions as there is a reduction in prices and more market stability after the arrival of the onion crop from Sindh.…

Miss Tata the brand for the Portuguese potato

Porbatata, Associação da Batata de Portugal (Portuguese Potato Association) presented Miss Tata, the new collective brand for promoting Portuguese potatoes in the domestic and international marketplace this week. This is the first time that the Portuguese potato segment has united to create a collective…

Malaysia imports onions from different countries to avoid supply disruptions

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi has stated that Malaysia is importing onions from various countries, not relying on a single…

Study reveals potato’s potential for reducing anemia

The potato is known to be a good source of energy, potassium and vitamins C and B6, but according to research recently published in the Journal of Nutrition, its tubers can…

The 2019 onion production in Poland accounted for 13.5% of European onion cultivation

The production of onions in Poland accounts for over 13.5% of the total cultivation area of onions in the EU and about 8.3% of the onion harvest in the EU. Polish exports…

William Nannes, J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders:

"Sky high onion export but prospects after Christmas still uncertain"

Onion exports are still running at a relentlessly fast pace. "At the moment it is a very healthy market. Every purchase that our customers make has been good, because every week the onion price has increased again," says William Nannes of J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders. Yet he is also careful. "Currently…

Filip Deconinck, Deconinck Fourages, Belgium

“The potato market could go any which way after February”

Belgium's potatoes have all just about been grubbed up. "I think about 95% of the potatoes are out of the ground. Some big growers are still busy, but with the last potatoes," says Filip Deconinck of Deconinck Fourages. "The latest uprooted potatoes' quality has, however, seriously deteriorated. Wet rot…

Pakistan: Province of Sindh seeks government help to resume onion exports

Last week, Sindh officials asked the Pakistan government to allow exporters to resume onion exports and also to stop imports to give price benefits to growers. Provincial…

AHDB Potato Weekly

UK: Processed potato trade sees quieter levels of demand

Free-buy markets experienced a downturn in trade this week, with most overall demand met by contracted material. Markets have seen demand dampened by the coronavirus pandemic,…

Russia’s potato exports are skyrocketing

EastFruit analysts claim that Russia’s 2020 commercial potatoes exports will continue to grow very fast. While in 2019, Russia was the 11th largest potato exporter, in 2020 it…

Most vegetables sent to Russia

Belarus: Ukraine largest importer of potatoes in the first half of 2020

According to numbers from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus, the country exported agricultural products and food products worth more than $ 4,2…

Dropping demand for potatoes in Moldova

Moldovan potato growers have nowhere to sell their crops. Due to the pandemic, demand from restaurants and cafes has dropped, while private consumers are buying less. Growers…

Azerbaijan increases potato production and export

In the period between January and October of 2020, 982,1 tons of potatoes were produced in Azerbaijan. According to the State Statistics Committee, compared to the same period…

British potato production up as growers win battle with the weather

The total harvest of British potatoes this year will be 5.3m tonnes according to provisional estimates – up two point eight per cent (2.8%) on last year’s figure but just below the five-year average of 5.4m tonnes. This estimate by AHDB's market intelligence team has been released during a time when…

Career change: from sweet potatoes to employment agency for nursing staff

"Support during integration is particularly important to me"

Until a few months ago, Patricia Hoffmann's everyday work involved telephone and email communication with suppliers and buyers of Central American sweet potatoes. Today - just a few months later - the ambitious entrepreneur from Wuppertal is involved in the employment of care workers throughout NRW. Only…

EU tariffs on US sweet potatoes increase 25%

The European Union brought in $4 billion of tariffs earlier this month in retaliation for US subsidies for Boeing, the move was approved by the World Trade Organisation. The tariffs will affect a whole range of imported products, with grapefruit and sweet potatoes among them. The EU said it still hoped…

European Potato Market (week 47)

Great Britain: There is pressure from the global supply

European physical marketsReport of €/t prices (source: NEPG): BelgiumMessage from the Fiwap / PCA markets :Industrial potatoes: markets remain sluggish, due to the almost complete absence of industrial demand and very low export activity. There is some demand for livestock, but at prices that are increasingly…

Organic potatoes and onions ready for the holidays

With a quality crop of organic potatoes and onions ready for market, Morning Kiss Organic brings a healthy aspect to this year's much-needed comfort cooking. As the pandemic continues, food will play a larger role than ever in bringing the holiday spirit to smaller gatherings planned more around safety…

TropiFoods developing the cassava and sweet potato sectors in Latin America

"We’ve created new opportunities for the 300 farmers we work with"

‘Yuca’, or cassava, may not yet be at the top of every European consumer’s shopping list. However, Costa Rican producer TropiFoods is excited to see this star product gaining ground in Europe’s supermarkets, restaurants and kitchens. Mashed, fried or baked, the tropical root vegetable fits many popular…

Egyptian onion has low demand in Kerala

Egyptian onion has low demand in Kerala; price remains high for Indian variety. As the government has no hope to control the price by importing onion from foreign countries,…

Biofortified crops have a key role to play in COVID-19 response

COVID-19 has presented many challenges to agriculture this year, but those challenges are also providing lessons that can be used to strengthen smallholder production. At a…

English lockdown seems to have had a limited effect on the potato free-buy market

Retail trade continues to prosper and there is very little change in the peeling market. Most growers are now finished harvesting, with the exception of Donegal and some other areas. Yield dig 2020 figures indicate that Rooster and Kerr Pinks are down -21% and -19.5% respectfully, compared with last…

Mississippi sweet potato harvest wraps up with good yields and no hurricane damage

The Mississippi sweet potato harvest has wrapped up right on time, despite some rainy days and the many storms that have passed through the region. “The middle of November is the usual time for the growers to finish up, and while this has been a very busy hurricane season, we have gotten through it very…

Chinese potato acreage to grow by 0.4%/year in the next decade

China's 2020/2021 potato sales season runs from September to August. That harvest is estimated at 99 million tons. That's a three percent increase compared to the estimated 96 million tons grown in 2019/2020. This increase is a result of a rise in Chinese potato production. That's being fuelled not only…

Rangpur targets increased potato yields

The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has fixed a target of producing 42.47 lakh tons of potato from 1.72 lakh hectares of land for all eight districts in two…

India lowers safety demands for onion imports

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare of India decided to reduce the requirements on the fumigation and phyto-sanitary certificate for onion exports from Cambodia…

Ukraine imports potatoes from Poland and the Netherlands

Ukraine started to import potatoes from Poland, where prices fell sharply due to a significant reduction in consumption by the European segment of HoReCa. This was announced…

Volker Peters (Helle Niedersachsen) on today's potato market

"Potato producers are expanding their acreage due to a lack of a good alternative"

Few industries have been so affected by the Corona pandemic as the potato industry. From the hoarding in spring to the sales problems with peeled potatoes in the wake of the current gastronomy closure: 2020 was without doubt a remarkable marketing year for the German potato industry. Volker Peters -…

Extreme weather in China heating up green onion prices

Around the National Day, green onion prices on the market were less than 2 yuan per half a kilo. Now, they have risen to more than 3 yuan. Green onion may be a common…

NZ: European potato ‘dumping’ hurting

An influx of European potato fries into New Zealand has already impacted on domestic growers, with less product planned for growing and staff job losses. Hewson Farms, in Mid…

More vegetables and potatoes harvested in Crimea than in 2019

In the Republic of Crimea, 20% more vegetables and 18% more potatoes were harvested compared to the same period in 2019. This was announced by the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers - Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Andrey Ryumshin. The Deputy Prime Minister clarified that…

North Carolina sweetpotato harvest wraps up and market sees good demand

Most sweetpotato growers in North Carolina are in the final days of their harvest. While the harvest started and ended a bit later than usual this year, the quality and sizing look to be on par with what customers have come to expect from the North Carolina industry.  Late planting and rainy fall weather While…

The Spanish industrial potato acreage could be reduced in favor of consumer potatoes

"It's a fairly atypical year, but we should still achieve double-digit growth in terms of volume"

The potato sector has been in an uneven situation across Europe. While the industrial potato segment has seen its market shrink drastically in recent months with the closure of the horeca channel, the potatoes intended for fresh consumption have been able to circumvent the measures adopted to contain the…

Agrico - Abertay Uni partnership to use AI tech to predict better potato varieties

Abertay University is hoping that its new project using artificial intelligence (AI) technology could be the key to speed up the process of growing potatoes. A Knowledge…

Egypt: Onion third most exported crop after citrus and potatoes

The Central Administration for Agricultural Quarantine stated that onion exports recorded this year until November 4, 370,512 tons to be the third most exported crop by Egypt…

Europatat replies to public consultation on EU trade policy review

Europatat welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the public consultation on the major review of the European Union’s trade policy launched by the European Commission. Our…

Guillaume Liesch, Champ’pom :

"The situation is good in the consumption potato market"

The health crisis has taken a toll on the industrial potato market, although the consumer market has not been hit that hard. “Things are very tough for the industry. After the closure of caterers and restaurants, manufacturers faced significant declines in their revenue. There are few industrial potatoes…

Great supply of certificates offers opportunities for active growers

Today during the half-yearly trading day of potato breeder HZPC Holding B.V. it appeared that the supply of certificates has increased again. The price of the certificate of share has been set at € 118,15 (done, left*). This means a reduction of the value of the HZPC certificate by a maximum of 10%. The…

Potato weekly

AHDB: English lockdown has not had as dramatic an effect as the first lockdown

The English lockdown seems to have had a limited effect on the free-buy potato market. Packing demand is leading the way, with chipping seasonally quiet and processing…

Update on the California crop

More interest in organic sweet potatoes this year

Demand has risen significantly for California sweet potatoes. “It’s skyrocketed. Especially in packaged items and trays with mixed baby varieties, etc. Those seems to be really big this year,” says Dustin Robinson with Yagi Brothers Produce in Livingston, CA. “Anything that’s prepackaged and ready to go…

Dirk Garos, Restrain, explains using ethylene for potato storage

"Help, my potatoes are germinating!"

You can use ethylene to prevent potato germination. That's nothing new. This technique has been used since 1999. The CIPC ban, however, means many more potato growers will have to use alternatives. But new methods and substances require a slightly different approach. That sometimes takes some getting…

Kenya: A 50-kg bag of Irish potatoes retailing on average at Ksh 3,800

The demand for potatoes in Kenya has been growing steadily. This growth is driven in part by rising demand from the fast-food industry and for processing into high-value…

Mongolian potato harvest up 26.5%

The CentralAsia portal reports that as of November 1, Mongolia harvested 393,9 thousand tons of cereals, 239,3 thousand tons of potatoes and 111,9 thousand tons of vegetables,…

Branston looking to expand

A Lincolnshire-headquartered potato business has submitted plans for a new processing facility. Branston, which supplies own-label products to supermarkets, such as Tesco, as well as selling under…

Eric Moerdijk, Monie:

"Limited supply of small Dutch red onions"

It's a little less hectic on the Dutch onion scene now. Exports are, however, continuing well. "There were some uncertainties at the start of the season. But, so far, exports have been good," says Monie's Eric Moerdijk. This is a Dutch onion sorting and packing company. "The prospects toward the end of…

Bangladesh imports 2,055 tons of potato seed from Netherlands

With the onset of potato cultivation season, the importers have begun to import quality potato seed from the Netherlands. The seeds include varieties of Diamond, Carolus,…

Annual Cambridge Potato Conference will be a hybrid event in December

The 31st Annual Cambridge Potato Conference is scheduled for 15 and 16 December this year. After much discussion and planning by the CUPGRA Executive Committee, it has been…

Green Thumb Farms, Maine

New Fenway Reds potato variety from Maine

In the autumn of 2019, Green Thumb Farms in Maine launched the “Farmer’s First” program to develop new potato varieties for retailers and to help consumers discover new…

European potato market (week 46)

France: Exporting remains difficult

European physical marketsPrices overview (source: NEPG): BelgiumMarket report Fiwap / PCA:Industrial potatoes: the markets are weak, without changes in the prices, but, apart from a few batches of contract surpluses, there are very few transactions. The industry is not interested in rare varieties and, with…

Imports lower onion prices before Diwali in Maharashtra

At the start of the Diwali season, onion prices in Maharashtra state retail and wholesale markets have seen a sharp correction due to the influx of imported goods. At least…

Pakistan intends to produce 4.87 mln tons of potatoes and 2.22 mln tons of onions

The government of Pakistan has set a target to produce some 4.87 million of potatoes and 2.22 million tons of onions during the 2020-21 rabi season, in order to fulfil both…

Irish Farmers' Association

Domestic Potato Market Report

Many Irish producers finished liftings, with exception of Donegal growers

Consumption and retail demand remains strong during renewed lockdown measures, although the processing trade remains minimal. Many growers are now finished liftings, with the exception of growers in Donegal who still have a lot to dig. Lifting progress is estimated around 80% at present. It is now…

Mintec Thanksgiving Dinner Index

US Thanksgiving meal prices up in 2020

Most US consumers are more than ever looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving on 26th November. However, Mintec’s Thanksgiving Dinner Index indicates that while consumers are planning their Thanksgiving meals, they will have to pay more for it. The Index shows that the prices of some of their favorite…

No onion malfeasance in Goa, India

Currently, onions are being sold at Rs 88 per kg (approx.) in the general market, ration shops are selling at Rs 32 per kg and the Horticulture Corporation at Rs 55 to Rs 66.…

Increased testing to continue in December

Will ozone become a viable alternative for CIPC?

Sprout inhibitor CIPC has been officially banned in the Netherlands and Belgium with France and the rest of the European Union expected to follow soon. The impact on the potato industry is anticipated to be significant as without applying CIPC during storage, the shelf-life of potatoes will be…

Sunions®

Tearless and sweet onions hit retail shelves this week

Sunions®, the tearless and sweet onion, are hitting retail shelves this week. Decades of research and a tightly controlled testing protocol are to thank for these…

North Korean economy seems to be focusing on potato production

It is well-known that North Korea’s primary food product is rice. However, the country’s state media of late has been featuring less rice, focusing more on potatoes. According…

Virginia growers forecast bountiful potato harvest this fall

As Virginians’ appetite for sweet potatoes is increasing, local growers are harvesting more than enough to meet consumers’ holiday needs. According to the 2017 U.S. Census of…

U.S. potato exports still impacted by pandemic, but beginning to recover

U.S. potato exports for the July – September quarter were down significantly compared to the same period in 2019. This drop is a result of the pandemic’s continuing impact on…

Chinese onion prices rising considerably

Recently, the average price of onions in Wuhan Baishazhou Agricultural and Sideline Products Market rose from 1.43 yuan/kg to 1.68 yuan/kg, showing an increase of 17.48%. The…

Freight rates push onion pricing

Supplies of domestic onions are solid. “We have fairly similar supplies to last year. The U.S. volume is not a concern. Mexico has concerns because they’re short on availability and are purchasing a lot of red and white onions right now. And Canada had a short crop this year so while that’s currently not a factor, it will…

Price of onions is skyrocketing across Nigeria

A soaring demand, flooding and a poor storage situation seem to be the main causes of the skyrocketing price of onions in Nigeria.  Nigerian households now have to dig deeper into…

Adelaide Plains, South Australia

Mitolo Group looks to fill 60-100 jobs in coming months

The recent takeover of Thomas Foods International’s potato business and a spike in demand caused by the pandemic has cemented Mitolo Group as the Australia’s largest fresh…

AHDB potato weekly

UK: Potato packing trade sees more movement this week

Cautious buyers and lacklustre demand have resulted in little free-buy price movement from last week. As England enters a second national lockdown, pubs and restaurants have…

Lockdown 2.0 is here – what does this mean for the UK potato industry?

Lockdown 2.0 is upon us and this brings widespread closure of pubs and restaurants once again. Although the rules differ across the country, with Wales’ firebreak rules coming to an end, Scotland experiencing regional restrictions and England in a full national lockdown. This will inevitably effect the…

Abertay University collaborates with Agrico UK Ltd

UK university aims to make 'perfect potato' using gaming tech

As part of a ground-breaking new project -involving Abertay University and a major potato seed supplier- nothing less than videogame technology will be used to help develop…

Koen Nieuwenhuijse, Marbo, the Netherlands

"Both onion exports and retail sales are at a very high level"

The last few weeks have been hectic in the Dutch onion export business. "They're going everywhere. We should consider these the top weeks. But look at the export figures of week 42, and you'll see who's at the top of the list. This is usually largely determined by West Africa. There are some surprising…

UNPT

Results of 2019/2020 campaign and concerns about difficult potato season in 2021

On Thursday November 4, 2020, the UNPT held a video conference in which Geoffroy d'Evry, UNPT President, Martin Mascre, UNPT Director, Bertrand Achte, UNPT Vice-President and Transformation Commission Chair, and Olivier Brasset, UNPT Vice-President and chairman of the Starch Committee, presented the…

Covid-19 leads to rising price of ‘Ooty potatoes’

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted potato cultivation in the Nilgiris, leading indirectly to a price increase; 1 kg goes for ₹45-55 (€0.54-0.66) at Mettupalayam market.…

Appealing, necessary or complicated?

European potato sector responds to NEPG call to reduce acreage by 15%

Just over a week ago, the North-Western European Potato Growers Association (NEPG) sent out a call. They want the sector's acreage to be reduced by at least 15% for the 2021/2022 season. This is an emergency measure to nip the effects of the coronavirus in the bud. For instance, the hospitality industry…

Jef Viaene, Humigator Disease Free Storage

“You can store potatoes, disease-free, without using chemicals or germ inhibitors”

“You can humidify and disinfect a potato storage warehouse's air using just water and UV. No chemicals," says Jef Viaene of Jebe, a Humigator DFS dealership. "You'll have two to ten percent higher yields. The potatoes will be disease-free and can be stored for a long time. Without using germination…

Chief Minister Mamata seeks government intervention over soaring onion, potato prices

The Bengal government is intent on writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ask for federal intervention to reduce the price of potato and onions. Blaming the federal…

Vernon Mascarenhas - Nature’s Choice.

2nd lock down will be very different from the first - then Brexit

England will go into a second lock down on Thursday and things for the fresh produce sector will be very different than first time round, the duration of the lock down is uncertain, but it will be quickly followed by Brexit on 1st January. “The last lock we had an amazing transformation in our business,…

Idaho potato harvest saw average yields and good quality

Supplies of potatoes out of Idaho are solid. “The yields were good. It wasn’t necessarily a bumper crop but it was average yields,” says Ryan Wahlen of Pleasant Valley Potato in Aberdeen, ID. “The warm weather throughout harvest led to a really nice quality potato. If it’s too cold, some Russet Burbanks…

Bengal traders and growers confused by rising potato prices

Yesterday, West Bengal potato traders claimed they do not understand why prices for this product are going up, as there are adequate stocks available in the state’s cold…

UK: Increased potato sales offset Covid-19 losses

Red meat, dairy and potatoes have all fared well throughout Covid-19, with spending on groceries offsetting losses from food service closures during lockdown for most…

Dr André Jooste - Potatoes South Africa

Outgoing chief executive hails the potato growers of South Africa

Dr André Jooste, an agricultural economist who joined Potatoes South Africa eight years ago as chief executive officer, is leaving the organisation at the end of the month for personal reasons. The chair of the Potatoes South Africa board, JF van der Merwe, has lauded him for his “exceptionally valuable”…

Rudolf Mulderij

Imported potatoes dominate the Moldovan market

According to the estimates of Moldovan potato growers voiced in the media, the share of domestic products in October at best accounts for a third of the trade flow.…

Pakistan

Sindh growers worried over onion export ban

Sindh growers are worried over the voluntarily ban on onion exports by the province’s fruit and vegetable exporters. They claim such a ban would not be beneficial for them,…

Onions to become cheaper again in India, before festival of Deepawali

India has been facing rising onion prices for the last few days. But now, onion prices have started dropping. In a first batch, 7000 tonnes of onions were imported. As the…

Irish Farmers' Association

Irish Farmers' Association - Domestic Potato Market Report

Lifting progress estimated at over 75% - some parts of Ireland are well behind

Potato liftings continue across Ireland, with some more growers finishing this week. Lifting progress is estimated to be over 75% but some parts of the country are well behind. Progress has been halted in Donegal for the last two weeks due to very wet conditions. There are continued reports of below…

India and the onion shortage; 15,000 tons to be imported

The rise in prices of vegetables has been a major issue of concern amongst citizens of India in the last few days. Prices of onions and potatoes have skyrocketed. One kilogram…

Belgian company, Warnez, used 94 tons less plastic for its potato packaging

Since 2109, Belgian packaging company, Warnez, have used 94 tons less petroleum-based plastic. That's been achieved by thinning out films or revising designs. They've also encouraged the sale of loose potatoes. Warnez introduced films based on I'm Green PE too. That's derived from sugar cane. And the…

Subtropical sweet potatoes locally produced in Canadian greenhouses

Over the past few years, sweet potatoes have risen in popularity among Canadian consumers. Ontario production meets just over 50 per cent of the province’s demand for the…

US potato exports struck by COVID crisis

As US potato exports and imports have been impacted by reductions in foodservice demand in the international and US markets, the value of US potato exports for the July 2019…

CBS harvest estimate

Dutch seed onions' gross yield down 1.4%, ware potatoes' stay the same

According to preliminary estimates, Dutch seed onions' gross yields for 2020 should be more than a percent down from 2019. The gross yield of ware potatoes is expected to remain virtually the same. That's apparent from Statistics Netherlands' (CBS) latest figures. In June, the CBS published figures about…

An alternative solution by Ambrosi&Sdei, specialized company of the province of Perugia

Onions and carrots in paper packaging

The company Ambrosi & Sdei launched a new packaging for carrots and onions made of paper, which is therefore fully recyclable. "This solution is 100% disposable - explained Nicola Sdei - because even the see-through is made of cellulose hydrate, a material of vegetable origin, certified Home Compostable.…

Condensation drying on French soil

Not long after its successes on Dutch soil, ENGIE Refrigeration has introduced its condensation drying technology in France. From now on, two arable farmers near Orléans can dry and store their onions without using the outside air. Onions that rustleRustling onions after one day. A drying process that works…

Subic Bay Freeport

Philippines Customs destroys illegally imported vegetables and smuggled cigarettes

Last Sunday, the Philippines Bureau of Customs destroyed about P215 million (€2.25 mln) worth of smuggled cigarettes that were seized. Three 40-footer containers of illegally imported vegetables, such as onions, were also destroyed at a rendering facility in Porac, Pampanga on Friday. According to…

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl set for December 22

Last Friday, it was announced that the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (FIPB) will kick off on Saturday, December 22, at 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time at Boise State University’s…

Erika den Daas, 100 years of Meijer Potato

“Providing everyone in the chain with added value is the Holy Grail of potato breeding”

Meijer Potato is 100 - that’s something to time to consider. But, not for too long - the Meijer family is looking ahead. After all, you can’t change the past; the future is what counts. In the present, you can make slight adjustments. That’s exactly how it works with the art of potato breeding.…

Johan Kant, Kalisa Trading:

"If all potatoes are harvested they won't be worth more than animal feed potatoes

“The potato market has been hit very hard by the corona crisis. The chip factories are running less and the restaurants are closed, which means that less chips and other potato products are being consumed. All in all, it can be said that the market is in a downturn," says Johan Kant of Kalisa Trading. In…

India to import large amounts of onions and potatoes

Last week, Union commerce minister Piyush Goyal stated that India will import over 30,000 tons of onions and potatoes to stem the rising prices. The statement comes as retail…

UK: AHDB Potato Weekly

Free-buy traded volumes across all sectors are described as being quite average, with many orders fulfilled on contract.Tier 3 lockdowns are pressuring demand for potatoes and diminishing buyer confidence as procurement source on a hand-to-mouth basis.Widespread rains across the British Isles this week has momentarily stopped…

Cold rooms and warehouse projects to boost Kenyan potato & banana farming

The Kenyan government is set to boost banana and potato farming in the country with Sh300 million (€2.4 mln) worth of storage centres. Storage facilities will be built in…

European potato market (week 44)

Anti-COVID-19 measures reduce the demand for industrial potatoes in Belgium

European physical markets Price report (source: NEPG): BelgiumFiwap / PCA Markets Report:Industrial potatoes: Anti-COVID-19 measures reduce the demand (except for french fries) and increase uncertainty in the short and medium term. The overall demand remains almost inactive (some industrial buyers have…

Fred Amsing, Pakstation Meerpak:

"Onion sales still calm within Europe"

Fred Amsing, owner of the Meerpak onion packing station from Middenmeer, is positive about the onion season. "I see it particularly positively for the yellow onions. The red onions nevertheless have an important sales volume towards the catering industry and we also saw that this almost came to a…

Malaysian Ministry guarantees adequate supply of onions

The Malaysian Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has assured its people that the supply of onions will be sufficient, despite the ban on exports by its largest…

New Indian startup to curb onion wastage

Although India is the second-largest onion producer in the world, prices have been on a steady rise owing to heavy rainfall in some states and poor storage facilities in others. Kalyani Shinde is an engineering graduate, who was born and raised in Lasalgaon, home to Asia’s largest onion market. She is…

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar:

Indian government to release 100,000 tonnes of onion buffer stock to combat price hike

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has stated that the federal government will release 100,000 tonnes of buffer stock of onions. The minister said: “The…

Due to muddy fields and increased lockdown measures

Uncertain potato season for Scotland

At the start of the season, Scottish fields were too dry, and some growers had to irrigate their crops because the dry conditions meant that their potatoes were getting…

North Carolina State University, SAS and Intero Life Sciences project

Using data analysis to improve sweet potatoes

An interdisciplinary team from North Carolina State University, SAS, and Intero Life Sciences are partnering for a three-year project that will use artificial intelligence to…

Northern Red River Valley potato growers experience back-to-back harvest losses

A dry fall, that resulted in ideal harvest conditions for most Red River Valley crops, is negatively affecting the potato fields near Grand Forks. Between 1,600 and 2,000…

Canada: Crop and harvest update October 26, 2020

Canadian potato harvest complete except in Quebec

At this point in time, the Canadian potato harvest is complete in most provinces, with the exception of Quebec. They are about 90% done, and hopefully should finish up by…

Canada: Southern Alberta producers happy with potato harvest

Potato growers from Alberta are pleased with this year’s harvest. They also seem to be finding ready markets for their product with local food processors, says Potato Growers…

Irish Farmers' Association

Domestic Potato Market Report

Ireland's domestic consumption and retail demand remain buoyant

Ireland's domestic consumption and retail demand remained buoyant as week two of the second ‘National lockdown’ began. With all restaurants forced to close their doors and move to Take Out only, the food service sector is operating at just a fraction of normal trade, leading into what would typically be…

Maine potato farmers expect lower revenues for smaller crop

The rain that poured across Aroostook County in late September was too late to save the region’s potato farmers from a smaller harvest. Reportedly, it will be down…

RASFF: Excessive residue levels in load of Honduran sweet potatoes

The European food watchdog, RASFF, has found too high a dose of residues in a batch of sweet potatoes from Honduras. That's according to a RASFF report. The batch of sweet…

Aziena Agricola Marina

Paper packaging for potatoes in Trentino

Azienda Agricola Marina was established in 2008 and boasts a small production of potatoes for fresh consumption of a high quality. The produce is packaged in recyclable paper. The company started with 5,000 sq m, while now crops cover 2.5 hectares and produce around 100 tons a year. For the purposes of…

University of Idaho conducts research projects on two seed potato viruses

Entomologists from the University of Idaho are leading ten state research projects, that are focused on two viruses, potentially devastating to seed potato farmers. According…

Protesting against government’s decision to impose stock limits

Indian traders stay away from onion auctions at Lasalgaon

Lasalgaon onion traders are protesting against the federal government’s decision to impose stock limits. This has led to onion auctions at Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market…

Tropical rain season hurts Louisiana sweet potato farmers

Now that sweet potato farmers from Louisiana are nearing the end of this year’s harvest, they are getting a clearer picture of how much damage was done by the heavy rains that…


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