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Egyptian onion trader MMA Fresh Produce on the red onion season

Indian onion situation is calming down as new crops arrive

The onion situation in India seems to be calming down a bit, thanks to new crops arriving from two Indian regions. The Egyptians however, have gotten a taste for the Indian market and expect to export golden onions to the region as well. India has had a very hectic season when it comes to the red onions.…

Sharp increase of Spanish potato prices

In a recent session of the Lonja de León, a sharp rise has been recorded in the price of potatoes, especially for red varieties, which had been the ones with the lowest market price at the beginning of the campaign. Both the Red Scarlett and the Yona have gone from the initial 110 Euro / ton to 170 Euro…

Priyanka Gandhi attacks Indian government over onion prices

Last Wednesday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra criticized the Indian federal government over the prices of onions imported from other nations. "First, onion…

Together with Lakers star Anthony Davis

Ruffles potato chips launches new flavour

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis collaborated with PepsiCo-owned brand Ruffles to launch a new flavor, Ruffles lime and jalapeno. The Lakers forward helped pick the flavor and unveiled the product at an event in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The new flavor’s release marks the first time in…

South Africa: ‘Slap’ chips might get cheaper thanks to new deal on potatoes

Local farmers have not had easy access to Mondial potatoes in the past. Mondial potatoes are disease resistant, deliver a high yield, and are perfect for "slap" chips. This was due an exclusive deal between a Dutch potato breeder and a local company; it was an exclusive agreement between HZPC Holland,…

NC SweetPotato Commission hosts Annual Meeting of Membership

NCSPC receives $60,000 grant to "bring the farm to consumers"

The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission hosted its Annual Meeting of Membership in Goldsboro, N.C. on January 16th, 2020. Commission members from across North Carolina…

Record-breaking Potato Expo 2020 Focuses Industry on the Future

From Jan. 14 through 15, more than 2,000 U.S. potato growers and industry members from a dozen countries turned out for Potato Expo 2020 at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las…

Potato Growers Select 2020 NPC Leadership

Idaho’s Britt Raybould elected 2020 Potato Growers President

At the National Potato Council’s (NPC) 2020 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Britt Raybould of Rexburg, Idaho was elected to serve as NPC’s 2020 President and to lead the council’s Executive Committee. Raybould serves as chief financial officer of Raybould Brothers Farm. She previously served the NPC Board…

Aviko acquires Chinese french fries producer Hongyuan Louis

Dutch-based company Aviko, one of Europe’s largest producers of fresh, frozen, dried and specialty potato products and part of Royal Cosun, has reached an agreement with…

Allan Mahoney - Sweet Potatoes Australia

"We are sending containers of sweet potatoes all around the world"

Sweet Potatoes Australia are seeing very good domestic sales at the moment despite the high summer temperatures, exports are also doing very well. "We are sending containers of sweet potatoes all around the world, our first container of retail product to The Netherlands will arrive 18th January, with one…

After various states have withdrawn demand

Indian government wants Bangladesh to buy imported onions

Until last week, 18,000 tons of imported onions were ready to be delivered to various Indian states, but these ended up buying only 3,000 tons of the goods. Now, the Modi…

Potato industry meets the evening before Fruit Logistica

DKHV hosts 16th International Berlin Potato Evening

On February 4, 2020 the moment will be there: The German Potato Trade Association invites you to the International Berlin Potato Evening, in the Hilton Berlin, at the Gendarmenmarkt, for its 16th edition. Some 500 guests from Germany and abroad will use this unique meeting place for the potato industry…

Stephen Hedderly - Bedfordshire Growers

Challenging onion season, but Sweet Red variety very positive

As with many crops in the UK, the onion harvest has been hampered by the mixed weather conditions with some growers unable to lift all their crop while other are seeing quality issues. "2019 was definitely a growing year of extremes according to Stephen Hedderly from Bedfordshire Growers. "Drilling…

Market and Crop Update for January 16, 2020

Northern Colorado, Sakata Farms: It’s been a very good season

MARKETWisconsin:Doug Bulgrin with Gumz Farms in Endeavor told Onion Business on Jan. 15 that demand has been “excellent.” He said, “While market pricing remains steady, we…

Peter Ng, Peri & Sons Farms:

Onion export market changing with the times

There’s no question but that every corner of the produce industry has experienced significant change in the last decade, and we believe it’s important to chat with experts who…

Potato harvest mixed across US northwest

It was a mixed year for potato producers across the Northwest. Potatoes planted in Idaho totaled 310,000 acres, down 2% from 2018.  Harvested area, at 308,000 acres, is down 2%…

Consumer will not pay the price for regional potato shortfalls

Canadians don't need to panic about potato shortages

Reports have been suggesting that North America is experiencing potato shortages and processors, and those in the West, are especially scrambling to get potatoes into their…

European potato market (week 3)

France: The competition from Germany is noticeable for Eastern countries

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG) Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: industrial potatoes: Sustained markets for all varieties, with several active industrial buyers. The offer is also quite present. Export to the East continues, at more negotiated prices. Price for all comers, 35 mm+,…

Lamb Weston - Board chairman buys more shares

Lamb Weston Chairman of the Board William G. Jurgensen reportedly acquired 18,000 shares of this packaged foods company, paying $92.01 per share for a total amount of $1.66…

Successful test crop cultivation

Mahi Pono to start commercial potato production on Maui, Hawaii

Mahi Pono is planning to start commercial potato production on Maui after producing a successful test crop. The company donated nearly 30,000 pounds of red, white and yellow…

Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan:

"Indian federal government has imported 18,000 tons onions"

Last Tuesday, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said that the federal government has procured 18,000 tons of onion. Also, it…

Chakan, Pune

Indian onions fetch higher prices than imported ones from Turkey

Onions imported from Turkey are no match for the Indian variety in the city of Chakan. They simply do not suit the consumers’ taste, it seems. Naturally that means, the imports fetched lower prices than the Indian variety. In an open auction conducted at Chakan onion market on Friday, vendors, people and…

Johan Kant, Kalisa Trading:

"Large amounts of unharvested potatoes create uncertain market position

"We are starting this potato season with a very unusual situation that I have never experienced before," says Johan Kant of Kalisa Trading. “There are currently still very large quantities of consumption potatoes in the ground, mainly in Great Britain. Even in Belgium, the Netherlands and France, 1 to 2…

Inge Ribbens and Chayenne Wiskerke's Onion Theme Day's talks

Protectionism, in particular, seems to be a threat to Dutch onion exports

Protectionism and climate change - these were the most important topics at the Onion Theme Day. It was recently held in Dronten, the Netherlands. Inge Ribbens of GroentenFruit Huis and Wiskerke Onions Director, Chayenne Wiskerke, both agree. Dutch onions are the best in the world. How can the country…

Antoine Geysels, Top’Pom:

“High demand from Spain for French potatoes”

“We have strongly increased our exports to Spain this year, with a high demand for good quality potatoes,” explains Antoine Geysels, director of Top’Pom. The company, located in the Aube department, produces and trades consumer potatoes. Antoine gives two explanations for the increase in exports to…

Belgapom: position on the method for storing the 2020 potato harvest

As previously announced by Belgapom, the recognised association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry, potato storage in the European Union is entering a new…

US: Green Thumb Farms to expand Maine potato universe

This month, potato lovers are getting a chance to try a new variety that hasn't been seen in New England before, the result of a partnership between Fryeburg's Green Thumb…

Bolivia's potatoes seem to be vanishing

Humberto Limachi’s ancestors have been cultivating potatoes in Bolivia for centuries. Sowing, harvesting and then turning them into a freeze-dried product called the chuño.…

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

Powdery scab fix for potatoes getting closer through Australian research

Research undertaken by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is trying to develop new ways to control the pathogen for powdery scab, a potato disease. It wants to get a…

Canada: P.E.I. potatoes in the spotlight in 7 new vignettes

The P.E.I. Potato Board is rolling out a series of short videos designed to give people a peak into where their potatoes come from. The seven vignettes are a spin-off of an…

S.V. Agrico Pvt. Ltd.

New joint venture will offer high quality seed potatoes in India

Agrico, a well-known Dutch cooperative of more than 1,300 specialist potato growers, has agreed to set up a joint venture with Pune-based potato supply chain organization S.V. Agri to develop high-yield varieties uniquely suitable to India. The new joint venture, named S.V. Agrico Pvt. Ltd., will produce…

Five percent of Irish potato crop still to be dug

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) estimates that 5% of the potato crop across the country remains in the ground. That said some farmers have a lot more acres remaining than others, depending on the weather they were greeted with in the past few months. At the beginning of December, 15-20% of the…

Ukrainian vegetable producer DESENTO opens the door to western investors

"Weather conditions made us harvest 60% less onions in 2019"

The onion market in Europe has gone through some difficult years. The record heat and drought in the summer of 2018 resulted in an enormous shortage at the beginning of last year. While the situation in large parts of the continent stabilised again this year, nature again put onion and vegetable…

Market Report Austria KW 02/2020:

'Potato market starts the year without major changes - satisfactory onion sales'

The Austrian market for table potatoes is starting 2020 without any major changes, and the food retail trade was quite satisfied with the Christmas sales this year.…

US- Potato season in timelapse

The team over at Eagle Eye Produce compiled over 6 months of footage to show the entire potato process growing, as they felt it is extremely important for people to understand where their food comes from and to see the hard work and dedication that goes into it. Every harvest season, all potato growers works around the clock to…

Cyprus: 80% of Famagusta potato crop wiped out

According to the Cyprus News Agency, 80% of Famagusta district potato crop has been destroyed by the recent storms. President of the Pancyprian Potato Growers Association, Andreas Karios, who visited affected fields in Avgorou: “The rains have affected the winter crop, as well as the one planted 1,5…

Wisconsin native is elected president of National Onion Association

Wisconsin native Doug Bulgrin has been elected National Onion Association President and will serve as the nationwide organization’s chief for the next two years. The National…

Nepal imports 100 tons of onions from China following Indian export ban

Nepal has imported over a thousand tons of onions from China in the last five months. This happened after India, the major supplier of onions to the country, imposed a ban on…

Dhaka demands prior notice over export bans from Indian government

State officials have said that Bangladesh will request India to notify it at least six months before it introduces a trade ban on any commodity export. They said the urging…

European potato market (week 2)

Belgium: Better effective demand and fairly weak supply

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Nq = no quotation Belgium Fiwap/PCA Market Message: Industrial potatoes: Firm markets for all varieties, with a better effective demand and a fairly weak supply. Export is still active with a good demand from Eastern countries. Price for all comers,…

Indian government urges states to buy onions imported from Egypt & Turkey

The Cabinet Secretary of India’s federal government has urged states to procure the recently imported onions, after a few state governments reported to have withdrawn their…

Philippine growers wary of government plan to import onions

In the Philippines, Nueva Ecija growers urge the Department of Agriculture to control prices, with produce from abroad expected to flood local markets during harvest season.…

Country-Of-Origin Labelling

European Union’s COOL rules can be difficult to sort through

In an email dated Nov. 30, 2018, between Agriculture Canada staff, there was a background document on Poland’s move to introduce mandatory country-of-origin labelling for…

Carl van de Wiel, Agro Centre Holland:

"This spring we will have a significant shortage of red onions"

The export of red onions went smoothly in the first months of the season. The bottlenecks in India led to enormously high demand in the country and in the markets that the country normally supplies, e.g. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Hong Kong. "The demand was insanely high. Exports more…

Potato war: Colombia takes anti-dumping measures against European frozen french fries

In October of last year, the European Commission (EC) lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about the import tariffs Colombia has imposed on frozen french fries from Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. According to the European Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, the European…

Punjab - India

Late blight disease affects 10% potato crop in regions Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur

The extreme cold of the past few weeks has adversely affected crops in the state of Punjab. After it detected signs of late blight in potato in Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur, the agriculture department has issued an advisory to farmers in the region to save the remaining crop. The crop would have been ready…

Dormant foliar disease becomes dominant in New York onions

Cornell University scientists have discovered that the long-dormant Stemphylium leaf blight disease is the cause of an increase in dieback of onion crops in New York. New York…

Dutch company Farm Frites plans French fries plant in Kazakhstan

Sometime in the next two years, Dutch company Farm Frites Beheer B.V., plans to build a plant for the production of French fries in Zhambyl region. “The total cost of the project for the construction of an export-oriented factory for the production of French fries is $145 million. The project will be…

Panama rejects a shipment of Spanish purple onions due to the presence of mites

Panama's Food Authority (Aupsa) rejected the entry into Panama of about 162,000 purple onions from Spain after a plague of live and high-risk parasites for ornamental plants,…

Marie-Laure Heyberger, Ligne directe Production:

Launch of an eco-friendly packaging range

In a context where the preservation of the environment is at the heart of consumers’ concerns, waste management and the use of eco-friendly packaging has become an unavoidable topic for all food distribution networks. Ligne Directe Production, in partnership with METRO France, wished to innovate by…

El Paso County - Colorado

US: First foodborne botulism death in more than decade

The death of an El Paso County woman this past September has since been officially blamed on foodborne botulism, the first death of its kind in a decade. Foodborne botulism is…

Philippines imports 35,000 tons of red onions to cover production gap

According to the Department of Agriculture, the Philippines will be importing 35,000 tons of red onions until mid-February to cover a production gap equivalent to two months.…

UK: A dry January for Jersey farmers?

A dry January may not be an appealing prospect for all Islanders, but that is indeed what potato growers are hoping for in 2020. The first outdoor Jersey Royals of the new…

Onion prices in India to rise further as Turkey halts exports

Turkey’s decision to halt onion exports is set to increase onion prices in India by 10-15%. After a major shortage of onions in India, the country is relying heavily on…

Rwanda Agriculture Board starts testing ‘True Potato Seeds’

Rwanda pilots new Dutch potato seeds

The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has started testing True Potato Seeds, which are produced by Solynta, a Dutch firm that develops hybrid potatoes. True Potato Seeds are collected from the berries or fruits of the potato plant. One of the benefits of such seeds is that as opposed to using 2,500…

In time for Ramadan

Bangladesh to import 200,000 tonnes of onions

The Bangladesh government has decided to import 200,000 tonnes of onions ahead of the upcoming holy month of Ramadan, said Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Thursday. Of the…

Sri Lanka reduced import tax on potatoes

By decree of the Sri Lankan government, the special commodity levy on imported potatoes was reduced from Rs. 50 per kilogram to Rs. 25 per kilogram, effective Wednesday 25th…

Potato wholesaler, Willy den Haese

“We had a calm potato year with no extreme price fluctuations”

“All in all, it was a calm potato year," reflects Belgian potato wholesaler, Willy den Haese of R. & W. den Haese. "We had to deal with very few extreme price fluctuations. The difference between day and contract prices also remained reasonably small and stable." "For me, as a trader, it was a calm,…

Léa Roussineau, Europlant France:

“Our potato varieties must meet more and more criteria”

With climate change, the CIPC ban, and the ban on insecticides and many other phytosanitary products, potato producers work hard to offer varieties meeting these new challenges. According to Léa Roussineau of Europlant France, we need varieties that have it all: taste, tolerance to diseases, good harvest…

Swiss vegetable growers had to contend with various challenges last year

Review of vegetable cultivation 2019

"The start of the season went very well, but then came a production slump due to the difficult weather conditions," Markus Waber of the Swiss Vegetable Producers Association…

Witte peeling plant focuses on cultivation and processing at one location

"Halved and quartered potatoes account for up to 90% of our turnover"

In an age of staff shortages and increased customer needs, high-quality convenience products are increasingly in demand. If possible, the products should be sourced from regional cultivation, processed gently and delivered within the shortest possible time. Exactly this short, regionally shaped supply chain…

Bangladesh needs lab facilities to produce Export Quality Potatoes

Bangladesh, despite having surplus production, is failing to grab the opportunity of potato exports for lack of sufficient laboratory facilities and shortages of potato…

Gerard Hoekman, Mulder Onions:

A disproportionate amount of red onions in the first half of the season "

In recent weeks, export volumes of Dutch onions have yielded good figures. "Exports are doing very well. Africa took the lead and the Far East followed closely as did traditional European destinations," says Gerard Hoekman of the Dutch company Mulder Onions. Surprised that also India, giant in the…

Going Dutch: Potato store managers will need to split the sprout suppression load next year

Store managers may need to consider looking beyond the direct costs of the remaining approved sprout suppressants and towards adjusting store management strategies to keep the…

Egyptian exporter Stars of Export on the spring onion season

“Thanks to investments made in the past, we are ready to expand our production”

The year for Egyptian spring onions was full of surprises, but was successful overall for one Egyptian exporter. Weather did pose some challenges, but thanks to investments made over the past few years they were able to handle whatever fate threw at them. “We had some challenges thrown our way, but we…

Onion prices may rise again as Turkey puts exports on hold

After a brief lull, wholesale onion prices might go for a spin again after Turkey, a major import destination for India, has decided to put brakes on exports of the bulb from its shores. Traders from various wholesale markets in the district are now expecting a 10 to 15 per cent rise in wholesale prices…

India: Could prices of onions go down in 2020?

The exponential onion price rise in India will soon come to a halt, with fresh supplies of the pungent vegetable set to hit the markets in January 2020. It is estimated that…

Twinkle Khanna was gifted onion earrings

Onions getting more and more valuable?

Sky-rocketing onion prices have made the vegetable, once considered basic, a luxury. Memes mocking the vegetable have been floating on social media, in addition to the debates that have surrounded the soaring prices. And now, the vegetable seems to have turned into jewellery for actress-turned-author…

Limited availability on domestic onions in short term

Heading into the thick of the holiday season, supplies of onions will have limited availability. “Especially this week,” says John Harris of Fort Morgan Co.-based Paradigm Fresh. “Some sheds are not running on certain days this week. Things will still be tight and there will be some lack of…

Growing interest continues in specialty potatoes

Supplies of specialty potatoes from Eastern Canada are adequate right now. “It’s an unusual season. We were extremely busy at the start of the season until the U.S. Thanksgiving—especially so on our specialty items,” says Dwayne Coffin of Vanco Farms in Mount Albion, PEI., noting its specialty potatoes…

VTA: Free stock of onions at about the long-term average

At the beginning of December, VTA ( United Growers Farming) had the first stock inventory of onions carried out among its members for the 2019-2020 season. The most important…

Potato manufacturer Pahmeyer focuses on capacity expansion

High-tech warehouse creates space for another 3,500 tons of potatoes

"We never thought that the dry summer of 2018 would be followed by another." Marion Pahmeyer from the potato factory in Rotenhagen remembers the past season with some unease. Then, the daily weather data always led to some worries. "Somehow the rain always avoided us", she told the Haller Kreisblatt. For…

Indories prefer local over imported onions

When it comes to onions, the Indories love the homegrown variety over the imported ones. Even though the imported onions are less expensive when compared to the local ones, the Indori is willing to pay the premium, and the traders who are importing onions are sending them to surrounding districts. Says…

India:

Bengal traders suggest potato prices will rise

While the soaring price of onion has left the people crying, they are going to face a similar situation in case of potatoes in coming days. This was hinted by traders from…

How tight does the Great Britain potato market look?

The second 2019 provisional production estimate from AHDB places the crop at 5.19Mt, with a range of +/- 159Kt. This estimate is based off an unharvested area of 5.5% and a sample of 292 grower panel forms. The estimated yield has risen to just over c.46t/ha, resulting in the increased production…

India importing additional 12,500 ton onions from Turkey

Skyrocketing onion prices in India have forced federal government agencies to approach Turkey to procure onions, attempting to keep prices under control. The government has contracted an additional 12,500 ton of onions from Turkey and this is expected to arrive by mid-January next year. The first…

European potato market (week 51)

France: Free purchases continue and support prices

European physical markets  Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial potatoes: Slightly calmer markets, with little offer globally and little industrial demand. Unchanged prices. Price for all comers, 35 mm+, min 60% 50mm+, min 360g/5kg PSE, bulk, friable, departure, excl.VAT, direct…

Norwegians buy massive amounts of almond potatoes for Xmas dinner

In Norway, 25% of the almond potatoes are sold for the year in the two weeks before Christmas. This is according to the Norwegian Agricultural Association. Last year, Norwegians bought about 9,000 tons of almond potatoes. A quarter of these were bought at Christmas time. Elin Hoel,…

Christiaan van der Goes (GreenGoose):

Sweet potato market again back to basics

The North American import season for sweet potatoes has already begun at Greengoose. "Last year it was an unprecedented season with large shortages and high prices. Now we are getting more into a normal market situation," says Christiaan van der Goes. "At the moment the prices are at a lower level, but…

Market Report Austria week 51/2019:

'Balanced potato market, onion sales improving'

The table potato market is quite balanced in the last week before Christmas. Farmers are not holding back their produce too much in the face of subdued price expectations, so current…

Indian potatoes to shed overprice in next ten days

Potato prices in India, which have shot up 60 per cent since October, may drop off somewhat in the next ten days as arrivals from Uttar Pradesh, the largest producer of the tuber in the country, are expected to increase substantially. Unseasonal rains since October in the potato growing areas of Punjab,…

UK shoppers urged to buy ‘imperfect’ potatoes

As some British potato growers have been suffering badly from this year’s flooding, various supermarkets are now carrying bags of potatoes with special blue stickers to encourage shoppers to buy them despite their less-than-perfect appearance. Potato growers – mainly those in Lincolnshire, Norfolk and…

Indian farmers reap rich dividends from Haryana potatoes

For the first time in past several years, potato prices at the Pipli market in Kurukshetra district have reached ₹1,800 to ₹2,000 per 100 kgs, giving joy to the farmers. As per the traders, the price is expected to go up in the next couple of weeks, even touching ₹2,500 per 100 kgs. However, the arrival…

Bangladesh

Only 25,866 tons of onions imported via Chittagong Plant Quarantine Station in 2 months

According to the Chittagong Plant Quarantine Station (Sea Port) of Department of Agricultural Extension, IPs were issued for the importation 106,231 tons of onions from October 12 till December 17. Importers brought in 25,866 tons of onions in last two months against the import permits (IPs) issued over…

Northern US: Businesses react to national French fry shortage

Colder weather and frost have caused damage to potato yields which is now threatening the availability of French fries. In prime potato growing states such as Idaho and North…

Looking at Dutch potato cultivation

Rwandan Agriculture Board visits Wageningen UR

From 11 – 13 December 2019, the Director General  of the Rwandan Agriculture Board (RAB) visited the Netherlands for meetings with Wageningen UR on joint research applications and to meet and discuss with the Dutch seed potato sector in an attempt to increase their interest in investing in Rwanda and which…

India's onion crisis: Turkish exporters seize the opportunity

Due to bad weather conditions, India has had a shortage of onions this year. India tries to overcome this problem by importing onions from different countries and Turkey is one of them. Turkish producers exported 50.000 tons of onions to India over the past 1.5 months and they are now preparing for new…

Surprise your guests with 3D printed mashed potatoes

As the winter holidays are right around the corner, people will turn to family time, cosy activities and copious amounts of food. To get in the spirit, 3dprintingmedia.network took a look at an interesting food 3D printing research project, centered on potatoes. The research, recently published in the journal…

Chennai - India

210 kg of marijuana found among shipment sweet potatoes

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has reported the seizure of 210 kg of marijuana  in Chennai on Tuesday. The drug was packed along with sweet potatoes and polythene covers in…

Purple sweet potatoes not as well known to Canadians

Supplies of purple sweet potatoes into Canada are steady right now. The purple skinned/purple fleshed potatoes come from both China and California and have ample availability, though California got a later start due to weather. Demand for the potatoes continues to be even, despite the consumer interest…

This season's largest clients are Senegal, the Ivory Coast, the UK, Brazil, and Guinea

Dutch onion exports booming: 37,000+ tons in week 47

Onion packing plants in the Netherlands are working overtime. This is according to published export figures. In week 47, a total of 37,279,488 kg of onions were exported. That…

Indian export ban causes shortages

Demand for Chinese onions surging in Nepal

Chinese onions have been solely sustaining Nepali households, following the export ban on onions by India. Nepal has remained heavily dependent on India for onion as limited local production does not fulfil the demand of the domestic market. However, following India's onion crisis since September and…

"Export price of Chinese onions reaches historic high"

The international onion market depends to some degree on the operations of the Dutch onion market. The overall supply volume in the Dutch onion market increased in comparison…

Adrie Kleinjan about remarkable potato season 2019/20

"No quality problems after three heat waves and still potatoes in the ground"

According to Adrie Kleinjan of the potato trader with the same name in Goudswaard, the Netherlands, potato sales are currently continuing well. "The demand is healthy and quite broad and the products are being sent to many destinations. The question is what will happen after the New Year, when the…

Swedish potato harvest increases by 20 percent

This year seems to be a good potato year in Sweden. According to calculations, the potato harvest has increased by 20 percent compared to 2018. There is an increase in the number of potatoes throughout the country and the total harvest is likely to amount to around 538,200 tons. More starch this…

India: Nashik growers & traders want limit on onion stocks removed

Coming from a severe shortage, onion arrivals are now on the rise and Indian farmers have begun to harvest the winter (kharif) crop. Unlike the summer (rabi) onion, the kharif…

Why is supply of Chinese potatoes from storage slow when the price is strong?

The trade in Chinese potatoes from storage is slowing down in major production areas such as Wuchuan in Inner Mongolia and Tengzhou in Shandong. The delivery speed is slow,…

NKW group looks at exporting taro and sweet potato to Singapore

Currently, the NKW group is looking at exporting taro and kaukau (sweet potato) to Singapore. Chief executive officer Marlen Brunskill told the Post-Courier at the recent PNG…

USDA potato stocks for comparable States

Potato stocks down 4 percent from December 2018

The major potato States held 267 million cwt of potatoes in storage December 1, 2019, down 4 percent from December 1, 2018 for comparable States. Potatoes in storage accounted for 63 percent of the States' 2019 production. For comparable States, potatoes in storage accounted for 67 percent of the States’…

Two kg-bags now use 20% less plastic

Albert Bartlett’s comes out with brand new bag

Potato company Albert Bartlett has announced that it has created a new look advertising campaign. For this, they have partnered with creative agency Guy & Co. The execution focuses on the fun and shared emotion of cooking together and the versatility of Albert Bartlett potatoes. The company has also…

Ban on sprout inhibitor poses a problem for potato storage

The European potato sector will face a significant challenge in the 2020/2021 storage season. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released a report about Chlorpropham (CIPC). As a result, the European Union (EU) has decided to prohibit the use of this substance. This means that it may no longer be…

Photo report of Onion Trade Committee members' meeting

Onion traders fully engaged: mascots, glossy magazine, and unparalleled onion exports figures

Dutch onion packaging plants have been working overtime in recent weeks. Exports were well over 550,000 tons by week 47. Exporters in the Netherlands are, therefore, still busier than even the 2017/18 record season. Even India is currently taking both yellow and red Dutch onions. There is a high demand…

Current situation for potato producers

"Quality of lots that were cleared later is very doubtful."

The situation for potato growers is unusual this year: clearing of the last plots has still not been completed. In Northern Holland, a few hundred hectares will probably have to be written off, and in Great Britain some areas will probably even have to "winter" - the quality of the lots cleared late is very…

Potato shortage western US will have minimal impact on eastern potato prices

According to a recent Bloomberg article, there are concerns there'll be a shortage of French fries in the coming months, as a result of poor harvest conditions in the western…

J.R. Simplot Company will plant them this spring, sell them in fall

US approves three types Of Genetically Engineered potatoes

In October 2016, Federal officials named three types of potatoes -genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine- are safe for the…

USDA report - Potatoes and Potato Products

Nice weather boosts China’s struggling potato industry

In marketing year 2019/20, potato farmers in China are expected to reap a bumper harvest, with fresh potato production increasing by 5 percent year on year. Favorable weather in key growing regions will boost China’s processed potato production, particularly in the fast-growing area of frozen french…

USDA – Report on North American potatoes

Combined US and Canadian potato production up 2% from 2018

The 2019 potato production for the United States and Canada combined is estimated at 529 million cwt, up 2 percent from the revised 2018 estimate. Potato Production - United States and Canada The United States potato production is estimated at 422 million cwt. Canada's potato growers harvested 107…

Sweet potato has great potential for Filippino farmers

The humble kamote, or sweet potato, has vast potential to provide farmers with better earnings if postharvest issues for the crop are properly addressed. According to a study…

Eric Parisseaux, Vitexport:

“The potato market has slowed down in France and in export”

For a few weeks now, the potato market has been relatively calm, according to Eric Parisseaux, export and industry sales manager at Vitexport. “The campaign started well in October with a sustained demand in France and in export, but consumption has now decreased a little. The demand from the industry,…

Necessity of avoiding ‘CIPC legacy’ residue breaches in potato storages

Potato growers using sprout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC) will need to thoroughly clean stores after the 2019 crop is unloaded next summer. This has to be done to lower the risk of residue exceedances after the active is withdrawn. Plant growth regulator CIPC is the potato industry’s go-to method of controlling…

Record prices for Indian onions

The 2019 onion season in India will be remembered for a very long time. Although prices were at rock bottom at the start of the year, and people were scared of even more price crashes during the summer, the second half of the year turned the entire onion industry in India upside down. In January it became clear that the summer…

Egyptian spring onion season going according to plan

The season for Egyptian spring onions is in full swing. It’s looking to be a decent season according to one exporter. Although diseases did pose a challenge for the farmers, the expectations are that volumes will not be affected too much. The season for Egyptian spring onions is going according to plan, says…

Prices higher on US domestic sweet potatoes

Reports of domestic sweet potatoes supplies across the country are mixed. “In Louisiana, as far as the year-round supply, it is tight. There is no carry over from last year and the crop was just average, almost below average,” says Matt Garber of Iota, La.-based Garber Farms. He adds that different parts…

"Total range of peeled onions for the industry"

Erik Mooij and Hans van Kemenade revive Dutch onion company, Jakova

 In 2010, Hans van Kemenade and Pierre Sweep took over the Dutch onion peeling company, Jakova, from Jan Koos Valstar. This company has been active in the market since 1948. "Back then, we were fanatical about onions. But, in recent years, we diversified a little.  For example, with vegetable packs for the supermarkets,"…

After Indian exports stop, Chinese onions take over Nepalese market

Although in Nepal, the retail price of onions came down on Tuesday, this was the price of onions imported from China, not the regular ones that come from India. Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market Development Board has stopped publishing prices of onion imported from India. Instead, it has started…

Bulbi' Mix - garlic and shallot together for the first time

Garlic prices are around 20% higher than last year. Spain is the protagonist when it comes to sales on the Italian market. Quality and quantities are in line with the past seasons and there are a few sustainable options when it comes to packaging. "The average wholesale price is of around €2.30 depending…

Ukraine still imports Russian potatoes, despite prices dropping locally

Despite the fact that potato prices in Ukraine are in steep decline, this has not yet been enough to stop the huge flow of Russian imports into the country. Analysts say that,…

Downward trend in fresh product arrivals

A surge in imports for frozen potatoes

Two different trends are emerging in the potato industry: frozen potato imports to Italy from 2013 to 2018, increased by 23.6%, and fresh potato imports, declined by 10.1%, over the same period. This is what emerged from a recent meeting in Bologna. Data is provided by Matteo Zanarini, CSO/Ismea source. Fresh…

"Majority of the money goes to middlemen"

Great onion price hike does not make India’s growers rich

Even while onion prices have soared to Rs 200 per kg (€2.60) at some places, Indian farmers are still not making money from the great onion price hike. The majority of the end…

Sandrine Tual, Pomliberty:

“Our three varieties Lady Anna, Celtiane and Gwennie are now labeled Demain la Terre”

This December, it is possible to consume potatoes that are certified Demain la Terre. Pomliberty joined the organization Demain la Terre as a member in 2017. For Sandrine Tual, marketing and communication manager of the company, joining the approach is part of a logical continuity as it fits perfectly…

EarthFresh establishes in-house laboratory

Government of Canada invests in new potato innovation hub

Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington, joined EarthFresh Farms Inc. CFO Brad Wiseman and CEO Tom Hughes to announce over $1.2 million through the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) for a new multi-vegetable one step product…

Kenyan sweet potatoes growing in popularity

“We want to double our production of sweet potatoes due to increased demand”

The Kenyan sweet potatoes have been enjoying an increase in popularity recently. With more demand and more buyers, the Kenyan community seems excited to start increasing the acreage and number of farmers committed to the sweet potato. Kenya can expect a growing number of sweet potato farmers, as demand…

Lindert Moerdijk over MSP Onions' new processing plant:

"Soon we will be able to sort 200,000 tons of onions with 5 people, instead of 80,000 tons with 30"

MSP Onions' new processing plant was on display last week. It was showcased on the Dutch TV network, RTL's, program, 'How it's Done'. The new factory is located in Nieuwdorp, the Netherlands. "Everything in the plant is automated," says Lindert Moerdijk about the new project. "We used to have 30 people…

Barbados: St Lucy producers warn of vegetable shortage

After declaring a disaster following a weekend of heavy rains which resulted in severe damage to their fields, farmers at the Spring Hall Land Lease Project in St Lucy say they have begun the recovery process. When Barbados Today visited several of the holdings, which were submerged in water last month,…

Kerala demands 460 tons

India to import more onions from Egypt this week

In a bid to stop the exploding prices, onions will be imported from Egypt to Mumbai this week. Various states have sent letter in this regard to the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED), an apex organization of marketing cooperatives for agricultural produce in India.…

“A balanced campaign for French potatoes”

The French production of storage potatoes reaches 6,341,400 tons this year, compared to 5,962,000 in 2018, which represents a 6% increase in one year. Last year, the production had been strongly impacted by the lower average yield.  The surface areas, which cover 148,290 ha, had increased again by 2.1% in one…

Indian farmers and traders warn of onion glut in two months

The record high prices of onions in India will encourage large-scale cultivation of the crop in the next season, farmers and traders say. Onion prices have soared to ₹200 a kg from ₹25 a kg, as heavy rains at the fag end of the monsoon season flooded onion fields, leading to much lower supply in the…

New crop potatoes are coming up soon

Smaller volumes than previous season for Greek potatoes

The 2019 season for Greek potatoes was very fulfilling, but they are already getting ready for the new crops. Whether the new season will be as good as the previous one is yet to be seen, as only certain markets are interested in the new crop potatoes. For Greek fresh produce exporter Zafirakis Fruits…


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