Potatoes and Onions

Idaho Potato Commission

National Trade Advertising Campaign with very interesting facts

This year, the Idaho Potato Commission’s National Trade Advertising Campaign features some very compelling research statistics, each explaining why produce professionals should stock Idaho® Potatoes. Like the fact that 90% of people think Idaho when they think potatoes. And that 72% of consumers choose Idaho®…

Onion prices in India

The worst is over, but is the nation prepared for next year?

Regulating international trade, as has been attempted by the India federal government, which regularly tries to influence the domestic onion trade, is seen to be an overused…

India: MMTC’s 2,000 ton onion import tender fails to draw bids

The tender that was put out by India's largest public sector trading body MMTC, regarding 2,000 tons of onions, failed to get any bids. The tender to import onion closed on…

Biedronka company apprehensive of no-deal Brexit

UK potatoes delisted from Polish supermarket

British potatoes have been delisted from a number of lines in Biedronka, Poland's largest supermarket, due to fears of a no-deal Brexit. A large UK potato exporter has had to cancel orders with its growers as a result. Overnight, the British exporter lost a market to which he sent a large number of…

Onions on 216,800 - tomatoes on 65,600

Pakistan: Potatoes to be cultivated on 465,400 ha

Pakistan has set a target to cultivate potatoes over 465,400 ha of land, onions on 216,800 ha and tomatoes on 65,600 ha during the 2019-20 rabi  (winter crop) season. The aim is…

Onion prices in China sliding

The prices of onions grown in areas with long and moderate sunshine duration are expected to improve this year, while those grown in areas with short sunshine duration are not likely to do better…

Erik Waterman, Waterman Onions:

"This year, Dutch onions can once again play a key role on the world stage"

Erik Waterman is from the Dutch company, Waterman Onions. He is very positive when he looks ahead to the rest of the onion season. "We are coming out of an extreme year with tremendously high prices. So, we should frame this season and hang it on the mantelpiece. This year is a completely different one…

'Offering organic Green Onions Year-Round

Baja Son Growers has announced they will begin offering a year-round organic green onion program in their Baja Son Growers label. The company entered the sales and marketing arena in 2010 and introduced the Baja Son Premium asparagus and green onion label. One of the few asparagus and green onion…

EU to dispute Colombia tariff on french fries

The European Union is to launch a dispute through the World Trade Organization against Colombia. This case is in response to the tariffs the South American country imposed on imports of frozen french fries from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom on Monday said the…

Tennis star, Novak Djokovic, knows how to harvest potatoes too

You have to ask which kinds of 'balls' tennis star, Novak Djokovic, prefers to deal with. From these photos, it appears he knows how to handle potatoes too. These images were published by the Dutch seed potato company, HZPC. In them, Djokovic is helping his family with the harvest of the Carrera potato variety.…

Coimbatore - India

Big onion trader duped, police yet to crack the case

An online wholesale trader from the city of Coimbatore has been duped of 24 tons of big onions worth more than Rs 1.1 mln (€14,000). While the buyers had sold off eight tons…

"While demand from Europe slows down"

"Exports of Chinese onions to India increasing"

“After the National Day holiday, the export volume of Chinese onions has soared, especially red onions. This is mainly due to significantly lower production of local onions in India. Currently, the export price of yellow onions is relatively stable, and that of red onions has gone up. However, in the…

Processing effect on biofortified sweet potato chips

Despite efforts over the last few years to reduce malnutrition, it is estimated that chronic malnutrition affects 161 million children under the age of five in the world. In…

India sets quality standards for global potato trade

Quality standards proposed by India will apply to global trade in potatoes. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, an international food standards body established jointly by the…

Onion prices bring politicians to tears in Maharashtra

The omnipresent red bulbs were priced at Rs 60 per kg in the last few days, with prices set to go up around Diwali.  This certainly had an impact in Lasalgaon -Nashik district-…

Sweet potatoes on Flemish soil

The sweet potato is originally a tropical crop, but last week, they were to be found on Flemish soil. Angelo White, a lecturer at VIVES university College: “We will develop varieties of the sweet…

Canada: Harvest is as challenging as planting for P.E.I. farmers

Where conditions permitted, potato harvesting equipment was back on the land around mid-week, after being shut down by rain. Jeff Smallman was operating a tractor that was pulling a harvester through a field in Knutsford early Wednesday afternoon. He said growers were being selective about what fields…

Shoppers willing to spend more on specialty onions during holidays

For the first time, Frieda's has announced it is offering a collection of limited-time offer (LTO) holiday alliums, including pearl onions, cipolline onions and a special…

North Carolina sweet potato harvest much slower than usual

North Carolina sweet potato growers are reporting slow growing conditions as hot and dry weather persists in the region. Fewer potatoes have been harvested than is usually the case at this time of year, with growers beginning to be concerned about how the end of the harvest will look like. There is the…

Texas sweet onions makes debut at the World Food Championships

HoneySweet Onions have been announced as the Official Infusion Ingredient for the Burger Championship at the 8th Annual World Food Championships (WFC) located at the Reunion Tower Lawn in Dallas, Texas on October 16-20, 2019. According to organizers, the WFC is the highest stakes food competition in the…

Idaho - US

Potato, onion and sweet corn farmers rush to harvest due to early freeze

An early deep freeze has Idaho potato and onion farmers rushing to harvest crops or hoping the buried vegetables will survive the frozen nights this week. Travis Blacker with the Idaho Potato Commission says an estimated 15% to 20% of Idaho's potato crop remained in the ground Wednesday. The Idaho…

David Jahn - Brillopak

The Unipaker is single pick and packs up to 75 packs a minute

The processing and packaging market is fast moving and OEM providers need to design machines to be both reliable and efficient while at the same time having an eye on future pack and presentation trends. British end of line automation specialist BrilloPak has been in the business for nearly 20 years and…

Hessing Supervers takes over onion processor Peter CV

Hessing Supervers, one of the largest suppliers of fresh cut fruit and vegetables in the Netherlands, announces the acquisition of Peter CV; an onion processor in the…

Market Report Austria W 41/2019:

Austria: 'Stable potato market, onion harvest ending'

Due to the optimal conditions in recent weeks, the Austrian potato harvest has largely been completed. Only a few isolated areas are still to be harvested. The yields remained…

Indian govt to import onions to combat shortages

The central Indian government has decided to import onions to meet the shortfall in domestic supply after curbs on exports and countrywide stock limits failed to bring down…

‘Mid-15s and snow - Definitely not normal’

Idaho potato farmers rush to beat early freeze

This autumn, Idaho potato farmers are rushing to finish harvest as an “extremely rare” freeze hits Idaho this week. However, this year’s crop might be too late to save.…

Leafminers and rain are troubling US onion growers

As the onion harvest continues across the US Northwest, Washington State University is reminding growers to keep their eye to the field and to the sky.  According to WSU’s Tim Waters,…

Michael Blake - managing director of New Zealand Onion Co. Ltd exporters:

“Business will be back to normal for Southern hemisphere exporters”

Michael Blake, managing director of New Zealand Onion Co. Ltd exporters, Seagrove Farms Ltd. growers and Tasman Seed Ltd. onion seed breeders, has come out with information on…

Polish potato season very challenging, shortages made imports necessary

The drought last summer has had a big impact on the European potato season. These challenges were also felt in Poland, as traders had to import potatoes to be able to meet the domestic demand. Although the situation is stable now, there is a good chance more imports are needed at the start of 2020. “When…

Virtual Reality to bring Fresh Summit visitors to the potato fields

Side Delights® has announced a virtual reality (VR) video and podcast-based program that invites consumers to "step" into the company's potato fields. Visitors to Fresh Solutions Network booth #3940 at PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim, CA will enjoy a sneak preview of the VR videos with 3D goggles that…

Onion grower joins PMA Gold Circle Campaign

Onions 52 said it is aiming to reinforce its commitment to food safety through the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Gold Circle Campaign for Food Safety. By participating in the PMA Gold Circle Campaign for Food Safety, Onions 52 joins more than 350 fresh produce suppliers and buyers—from growers and…

Owyhee Produce to grow its own onions bags

Owyhee Produce has announced their plan to create their own regenerative produce bags by converting hemp fibers sourced from their own crops. These compostable bags are set to be an available packing option releasing Spring 2020. For the first time in their farming history, Owyhee Produce will start…

Batati LLC: "Market and cultivation seem to consolidate"

Swiss sweet potato campaign is starting well

The Swiss sweet potato campaign of Batati LLC started a week ago and the first domestic sweet potatoes of the new harvest were delivered to the customers. Co-CEO Simon van der Veer gave a short commentary on the current start of the season. Simon van der Veer and Christian Hurni of Batati LLC The plots harvested…

Guillaume Liesch, Champ’pom:

“Export demand sustained for French potatoes this year”

The harvest of the first potatoes in Champagne started at the beginning of August and is expected to end around the 15th of October. “Generally speaking, we are having a rather average to decent year, both in terms of yield and quality. Some early varieties did very well but it will not be the case for…

Afghanistan - Bamyan province

Potato harvest to reach 370,000 tons this year

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock has revealed that the Bamyan province potato harvest will reach up to 370,000 tons this year. Agriculture Head of Bamyan Abdul Wahab Mohammadi said that 17,000-18,000 hectares of lands were cultivating potato in Bamyan province annually, but…

Teun Paarlberg (G. Sevenhuysen):

"Potato exporters face big problems if ban on Chlorprofam goes ahead"

The EU ban on the germ inhibitor Chlorprofam is disastrous for Dutch potato exporters. Teun Paarlberg of exporter G. Sevenhuysen VOF from Warmenhuizen argues that. "There are still a few alternatives in potato storage, but not for potatoes that go into the container. This ban is a major problem not only…

Nine-fold growth of Russian frozen potato production

The production of frozen potatoes in Russia between 2014 and 2018 increased from 4.7 thousand tons to 42.4 thousand tons, as reported by RBC, citing the “Analysis of the…

Average wholesale onion prices have crashed by Rs 600 per 100kgs

India: Central government’s directive results in plunge in onion trade

Even as the Lasalgaon onion trade - at India’s largest wholesale market for the product - resumed after the weekend, uncertainty continues to prevail in all Agriculture Produce Market Committees in Nashik district, a major onion belt in the state. At the direction of the Centre, the state government has…

Sunions® growers announce record crop for 2019-2020 season

Sunions®, the world’s first tearless onion, will return later this fall and will reportedly have four times the crop this year than last, making the sweet onion’s third season…

Rwanda: €18 million investments to support farmers

Rwandan officials have announced a four-year investment of €18 million (Rwf18 billion) - starting this year - that will benefit at least 60,000 farmer households. The…

Onion exports from EU to third countries down 300,000 tonnes

In the 2018/19 season, onion exports from EU countries to countries outside the Community were about 300,000 tonnes down on the previous three seasons. Imports from non-EU countries, on the other hand, was 400,000 tonnes larger. In the past season, there were 700,000 tonnes of extra onions available for…

Tjerk Nagel, Konaxx Onions:

"Demand for onions not wild, but broad-based"

According to Tjerk Nagel, there is a reasonable demand on the onion market from the Konaxx Onions onion sorting and packing station in the Frisian Sint Jacobi Parish. "We are suppling to the Eastern bloc, Africa and orders are coming from the Caribbean and the Far East. All in all, demand is not wild,…

Italy: Potatoes of all types currently available on the market

On 3rd October 2019, potato prices at the Padua market hovered between €0.28 and €0.90. Similar prices were registered in other markets in northern Italy as well.  German potatoes "German potatoes are the cheapest, there is one type in particular that sells at around €0.28-0.32. They are usually demanded by…

Photo reportage: 68th Potato Autumn Exchange in Hamburg

A difficult year, followed by an average potato campaign

On 1 October 2019, the Elbe dome in the Hotel Hafen Hamburg was the meeting place for around 170 guests for the 68th International Potato Autumn Exchange organized by the German Potato Trade Association. More than 20 companies presented themselves with new and proven products on their exhibition stands. In…

Imports fail to bring down onion prices in India

Although shipments of Iranian and Afghanistani onions have been steadily arriving over the last week, these imports failed to provide any relief to the consumers as traders…

Floods in India affect onion prices in UAE

Onion prices in the UAE market are quite high at the moment, as India, a top producer and seller of onions, banned its export after floods damaged and delayed crops leading to…

Consumers and retailers called on to support Irish potato growers

Irish retailers and consumers are being called on to support their potato growers by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA).  According to Joe Healy, the association’s president,…

Eastern Nepal

Panchthar aims at becoming self-reliant in potatoes

Panchthar district is one of 14 districts of Province No. 1 in the eastern hilly region of Nepal. The district produces potatoes worth millions of rupees annually, is making efforts to become self-reliant in the vegetable. This would make the farmers in Phidim Municipality, Falgunanada, Phalelung,…

Black dot disease

South African seed potato farmers warned about devastating disease

At the recent biannual Potatoes South Africa Seed Potato Growers’ Forum in Cape Town, seed potato growers attending were warned about the potentially devastating effect that…

Potatoes South Africa – Dr André Jooste

SA potato industry ready to broaden its horizons

The South African potato industry, which competes in yield and quality with the best in the world, is keen to explore the prospects of increased global trade in potatoes. Currently 20 to 25% of South African potato production goes for processing (mostly crisps and French fries) but that is a segment…

Government policy bears fruit

India: Wholesale onion prices drop at Lasalgoan market

Days after the prices of onions skyrocketed all over India, the government banned the export of all varieties of onions. As a result, the onion prices declined below Rs 30…

Dutch onion exports will exceed 30,000 tons in week 36

Dutch onion exports had a good week in week 36. According to the latest figures from KCB/ GroentenFruit Huis, more than 30,000 tons of onions were exported. This was only the…

European potato market (week 40)

The French factories worked 4% less than in 2018: 184,000 tons in July and August 2019

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG)  Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial potatoes: Despite the harvests beginning, the global offer remains limited due to the low average yields observed. The industrial demand is not very present, but there are several active buyers (factories or…

Re-opening nine weeks after closure

Norfolk - UK: Spudulike store rescued by potato saviour

Lovers of potatoes can rejoice as they can ago frequent a store in Norfolk that was closed last August, as the business has been rescued by potato giant firm Albert Bartlett.…

Potato harvest in the final stages, quiet market for onions and carrots

The Austrian table potato market shows a balanced picture. With mostly optimal soil conditions, harvesting progresses rapidly in many places - supply pressure is still not on.…

Adriaan van Belzen, Daily Onions:

"Everyone's upset - from the UK with Brexit to the Dutch with CO2 emissions"

Whether it be England and the issues with Brexit or the Netherlands and CO2 - it seems everyone is upset about something. This is according to Adriaan van Belzen of the Dutch…

Sardinian mountain potatoes now available as pralines

"We focused on a project that aimed at creating a chain in an unusual place, detaching ourselves from the concept that a crop can only thrive in ideal production areas," explains Gianfranco Psichedda, owner of Mp Sardinia with brothers Antonio and Giuseppe. Mp Sardinia produces potatoes in a territory that…

Cold storage & warehouses should boost Kenyan potato farming

If all goes well, Kenya’s potato farmers are set to benefit from cold storage facilities and warehouses to be constructed by TingA, East Africa’s largest tractor sharing…

September analysis of supply and demand in China's potato market

Data from the customs office shows that China exported more than 231,900 tons of potatoes in the period from January until July, 2019. That is a decline of 7.2% in comparison…

Ruben Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve

"We do not expect a high Belgian potato yield this year"

The potatoes in Belgium still have to harvested. However, it is evident to De Aardappelhoeve that this year's potato yield will not be one for the record books. "The french fry potatoes will probably be too small. This is due to the dry weather. We are not expecting a very big yield," says Ruben Nemegheer of…

New Zealand onion exporter looking to take advantage of growing global demand

A leading New Zealand export marketing company says demand for the country's onions is increasing globally, particularly in Asia. Integrow supplies mainly onions and apples, with each making up about 50 per cent of total sales. Managing Director Philip Bird says 2019 was a record year for the company,…

Spanish potato prices marked by stability

According to the Potato Producers Association of Castile-Leon (Appacyl), the current potato campaign is marked by price stability, despite the high production. It also warned of a "very fluctuating market for different varieties." The latest data published by the Council of Agriculture, Livestock and…

Philippines: Blue potatoes grow in Benguet

On a farm in Atok, Benguet, people grow another variety that is eye-catching because of its unusual color. “Blue potatoes are not the usual potatoes that we see, they are…

Dominance of onions on Indian plates explains price problems

For the past few weeks, the rise in onion prices has been the main story in the food sector. This is not new, and every time onion prices go up, there is an outcry against the government. What explains this fear surrounding onions? Well, onions are the second most consumed vegetable in India, after…

Iran: Potato seed production on the rise

Iran’s deputy agriculture minister Hossein Shirzad  has said that his nation has managed to produce more than 5 million tons of potato in the first six months of the Iranian calendar year (started on March 21). Shirzad, who is also the chief executive of Iran’s Central Organization for Rural Cooperatives,…

Black Gold Farms announces promotions of Mike Behrendt and Keith Groven

Black Gold Farms, the fourth generation, family-owned farming organization in North Dakota’s Red River Valley has announced the promotions of Mike Behrendt and Keith Groven. Mike Behrendt held the role of Midwest Director of Operations. He will now transition to Chip Business Unit Leader and be…

"Organic potato market in China is speeding up"

The potato harvest season in Gansu will start in early October. The preparation work has already begun to make the warehouses ready for new stock. Manager Ren Duzhi, an organic potato trader, provided his insight into the market demand for Chinese potatoes and the various retail channels. Potatoes from production…

US potato growers advised to watch for Tuber Moths

Its harvest time for many potato growers. Those not quite at that point will be harvesting before long.  And while many growers are thinking about getting those spuds in a storage…

China: Small-sized potato prices hit twenty year high

Recently, prices of small-sized potatoes used for starch processing in North China went as high as 700 yuan per ton, compared with about 500 yuan per ton in the same period in…

After imposition of MEP, Indian government bans onion export

On Sunday, the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry imposed a ban on onion exports. The director-general of foreign trade has issued a notification banning onion exports…

Indian ban on export of onions brings opportunities to Egypt

With India placing a ban on all onion exports there are suddenly some lucrative opportunities for Egyptian exporters to fill the gap. The ban was put in place due to the onion prices in India increasing into the ‘unaffordable bracket’. It’s created an alternative market for Egyptian exporters that would…

PEI potato growers watching and maybe waiting

Following the tail end of Hurricane Dorian touching down in the region earlier this month, Prince Edward Island potato growers are watching and potentially still waiting for yield on their fall potato crops. “The outcome of the hurricane varied across the Island. We had heard a variance of 12 - 125 mm.…

Ecuador presents Iniap-Fatima, a new resistant, short-cycle potato variety

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of Ecuador has presented Iniap-Fatima, a new potato variety that is more resistant to diseases and can be harvested earlier,…

European potato market (week 39)

French potatoes: 30% of the crops harvested

European physical markets  Price summary (source: NEPG) Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Markets are still firm, with almost no price change and (very) few free transactions. Few industrial buyers actively looking for potatoes. Limited offer due to harvest difficulties and prospects of low average yields. The demand…

Potato prices are getting more solid in Bengal, India

Potato prices in West Bengal have firmed up by nearly 9 per cent in the last two months, a development caused by a steady demand from neighbouring states. The tuber is…

PEI: Heavy rains delay potato harvest

Heavy rains early this week definitively upset any P.E.I. potato grower’s plans who wanted to get an early start on their harvest. Some farmers are still hoping to get started before this week is over, but the general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board, Greg Donald, said the majority of growers were only…

Incoming domestic supplies likely to affect onion pricing

Following a spring and summer of high pricing on onions, with the fall comes a new crop and a change to pricing and movement. “We’re seeing a decent amount of supply of onions this year so it should be better than last year. Supplies should be pretty good,” says Jason Davenport of Allied Potato Inc. With…

Papatronica, an Argentine invention that reduces losses in potato cultivation

The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the National University of Mar del Plata, INTA Balcarce and the University Center for Citizen Innovation (CUIC) of the Faculty of Exact Sciences of Unicen, have designed the Papatronica, an open-source electronic device that identifies the place and the moment in…

India: Not just onions, now tomatoes too will pinch people's pockets

In India, after onions, now tomatoes are next in line to bear the brunt of supply shortages and rising prices. In the past few weeks, tomato prices have seen a surge of around…

USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative aid

National Onion Association receives $4M grant to combat bacterial disease

On Wednesday, the National Onion Association announced it had been awarded $4 million from the USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative to combat bacterial disease.  NOA’s Rene…

Market Report Austria CW 39/2019:

'Stability on the potato market, onion harvest nearing its end'

The Austrian table potato market is looking balanced. With mostly optimal soil conditions, harvesting is progressing rapidly in many places - but there is still no supply pressure.…

Government may also import from China to tackle shortages

Onions from Afghanistan reaching Punjab - more on the way

There is good news coming from across the borders for Indian onion lovers, as the first two truckloads of onions from Afghanistan arrived at the Check Post (ICP) of Attari…

Organic potato acreage increasing in response to demand

The appeal of organic potatoes is increasing and growers are planting more acreage in response. This is according to Jeff Stachelek of Albert Bartlett USA and is supported by Nielsen sales data. Stachelek says that the majority of growth in the potato category is occurring in the specialty types like…

New Delhi: Onions more expensive than apples

In New Delhi, believe it or not, onions are now more expensive than apples. The retail price of onions at some places ranges even higher - between Rs 60 and 70 (€0.76-0.89).…

Case-Control Study in Puerto Rico

Onion and garlic intake might influence breast cancer risks

Studies show an inverse association between onion and garlic intake and risk of cancers of the lung, prostate, and stomach. There is limited evidence on the association…

Eric Moerdijk, Monie:

"Egyptian onions, especially, put prolonged pressure on the market"

Many Dutch onion sorters were wishing for work last season. There is, however, plenty of work in this new season. "It has actually been very busy since the beginning of August," says Eric Moerdijk of the Monie sorting and packing plant in the Netherlands. "Brazil, in particular, took a lot of onions in…

Lapro Stockerau now sorts out almost one third of the delivered products

Large part of Austrian onion and potato harvest is 'unmarketable'

The machines are running at full steam ahead and many diligent hands are sorting, washing and packing the goods. The potato harvest is in full swing - and so is the  trading company Lapro. "We process about 40,000 tons of potatoes and onions every year," explains Managing Director Christian Burger in an interview. Sorted…

Potato farmers in Wisconsin hope for better 2019 harvest

Wisconsin potato farmers are hoping for a better result in 2019 than in 2018. In that year, an early frost left much of their harvest unusable. Tamas Houlihan with the state's…

University of Maine crop specialist on chlorothalonil:

“Maine potato growers might need to reduce use of pesticide”

A University of Maine Cooperative Extension crop specialist has been informing the state's potato growers that they might need to reduce use of a widely used anti-blight…

Steady demand and good prices for Greek onions

The onion harvest began in Greece last month and the crop is looking good. Panagiotis Antonakis from Greek Onions Anatonakis tells us: “We are located in the Thebes area and…

Jamaica: Steady recovery of sweet yam production in Trelawny

According to the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), there is a steady recovery in sweet yam production in Trelawny. RADA Parish Manager Courtney Taylor, speaking…

“Prices for Egyptian sweet potatoes were unusually high”

The sweet potato season in Egypt came with quite some ups and downs. Early in the season Europe was dealing with shortages, creating a sudden spike in demand and prices. However, due to the growing popularity of the sweet potato, more crops are being planted as well. This could lead to an oversupply in…

Australia

Lockyer Valley farmers optimistic for onion harvest despite drought

Australian onion growers have been struck by an ongoing drought, but as onion season approaches, they may finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. Qualipac specialises…

Northwest onion harvest delayed due to weather

Onion growers in the Northwest have not yet commenced harvest of the storage crop. A combination of weather events has impacted the timing of the crop, beginning in the spring when cool and rainy weather interrupted planting. Additionally, the curing and drying cycle has been affected by fluctuating…

Due to drought, crop yield fell by 24 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year.

First place in the European potato harvest goes to Germany with about 8.9 million tons

Even though less was harvested during the drought in 2018, the first place in the European potato harvest goes to Germany with around 8.9 million tons. On average, every…

“Chinese red onion exports boosted by lower production in India”

India has been hit by heavy rainfall since early August, eventually leading to flooding in several regions, including the main onion production areas. Floods directly led to a severe drop in red onion production. “The demand for red onions has increased substantially from last week. Due to the sharp…

European potato market (week 38)

The persistent drought in France is a source of worry for the coming weeks

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Firm markets due to a very low offer, difficult harvest conditions, and low yields confirmed in Belgium. Factories are still not buying actively besides their contracted supply. Export presents real opportunities in the…

Potato market update 17th September

Ireland: Drier weather welcomed for harvesting

Drier weather was welcomed in those areas where harvesting conditions are problematic, particularly Donegal. Hopefully, this dry period will aid the digging of the main Rooster crop. National Potato Day takes place on October 4th this year. National Potato Day encourages consumers to purchase Irish…

Area of potatoes grown for retail market has grown by 1.6Kha year-on-year in Great Britain

The total 2019 planted Great Britain area (revised estimate) is 118.95K ha. This updated estimate puts the area 1% higher than last year and represents the GB area covered by over 90% of producers.  Although the revised estimate shows a slight increase year-on-year this remains one of the lowest on record.…

Inka Crops break Peru's native potato exports record

The Association of Exporters (ADEX) reported that the Peruvian company Inka Crops had broken the country's native potato export volume record after marketing 83 tons of…

Ecuador: Unions denounce the entry of smuggled onions from Peru

Ivan Maldonado, the head of the farmers' union of Zapotillo, an Ecuadorian region bordering Peru, has denounced the illegal entry of Peruvian onions into the country and has demanded that authorities improve controls and strengthen the product marketing systems for the Ecuadorian product. Producers have…

Price of onions spiralling in Bangladesh

Domestic policy makers claim that Bangladesh is self-reliant in food production. That is partially true, as the nation is successful in producing rice and the government has…

Ukraine imported 4,300 tonnes of potatoes in August 2019

According to the Ukrainian-based agricultural produce wholesale market, Shuvar, in August 2019, Ukraine imported 4,300 tonnes of potatoes worth US$795,000. This number would…

Idaho Potato Commission

“Promoting potatoes at right time can deliver big sales boost”

As we know, potatoes are staples of the produce department and usually find themselves among the top sellers each year. However, while these items don't typically need much help to leave the shelf, promoting them at the right time and using the right approach can give retailers a surprising boost to the…

George Barnard - Marble Hall

South African potato farmer awarded for innovative practices

At the close of the Potatoes South Africa Congress last night, George Barnard was named Syngenta National Potato Farmer for 2019. At the congress JF van der Merwe (Christiana, Northwest Province) was re-elected as chairperson of Potatoes South Africa, while Rudi Heinlein (Limpopo) takes up the role of…

Market Report Austria KW 38/2019:

'Main potato harvest coming online, onion prices well maintained'

The Austrian table potato market is determined by the current main crop. The harvesting conditions are good in many places and the harvest is progressing accordingly. Not quite…

Farm Frites Egypt

Egypt inaugurates potato factory

On Tuesday, Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar inaugurated the latest Farm Frites Egypt factory with investments of US$40 million. The factory spans an area of 9,300 m2, providing 100 direct and more than 5,000 indirect jobs. The opening ceremony was attended by Minister of Investment and International…

Iranian government is doubling down on potato production

As American sanctions are choking Iran’s economy, the country is increasingly looking to spuds as a cost-effective alternative to the traditional imports that have fed many Iranians. In 2017, Iran imported 1.2 million tons of rice, 1.3 million tons of barley and 9.5 million tons of corn, but several top…

Inbound Mexican trade mission could bolster US onion exports

The Oregon and Idaho Departments of Agriculture are stepping up activities with the Treasure Valley’s two of the biggest export markets for onions; Mexico and Canada. To…

Swan Hill,Victoria - 17-18 October 2019

Onions Australia AGM Conference

Onions Australia's AGM Conference will be held on 17th and 18th of October in Swan Hill, Victoria. The two day event will feature a host of informative and interesting speakers. Delegates will start…

Harvesting of PGI potatoes from Sila about to start

The Sila area was affected by heavy rain in May, which delayed sowing and led to non-homogeneous plant growth. Luckily summer was warm and there was enough water for irrigation, therefore quality is excellent. Yields though are expected to be below the average of the past few years. "The harvesting of Marabel,…

Italy: Onion prices on the up

Onion production exceeded that of 2018 and prices are very good, although there are a few discards.  "There are a few health problems for some batches of red and white onions, as storms hit our region when it was almost harvesting time affecting shelf-life," explains an operator from Emilia-Romagna. Still, producer prices are good at…

“The Peruvian onion crop is returning to normal after the turbulence caused by El Niño”

Peruvian onions enter the market at the end of July and remain available until the end of January. The country’s varied geography makes the climate pretty diverse, allowing growers with land throughout the country to have long harvest seasons. Roberto Monge Vargas, commercial director of KeyPeru says:…

Seed potato growers meet in Cape Town

The bi-annual Potatoes South Africa Seed Potato Growers’ Forum is meeting in Cape Town at the moment, discussing how the industry can adapt and benefit from the changes that technology and the challenges that a changing environment bring. The theme of sustainability and the role of the potato farmer was…

US potato export: opportunities boosted by funding

Potatoes USA has been awarded over $5.1 million for activities and programs to increase US potato export opportunities through two rounds of Agricultural Trade Promotion…

Final numbers for North Dakota's 2018 potato crop

North Dakota’s potato crop numbers are in, and the total value of the production is up. The 2018 potato crop in North Dakota totaled 23.7 million cwt, down 3% from 2017…

Merrill - Oregon

Malin Potato Cooperative closes after 55 years

In February of 2015, the Malin Potato Cooperative, an agricultural co-op in Merrill, Oregon, was preparing to open a brand-new, $7 million state-of-the-art potato packing plant. Its members had been convinced the investment would provide a much-needed lift with the promise of high efficiency and new…

New Zealand consumers prefer locally grown potatoes

Supermarket chain Countdown says its biggest selling potato is still the one with the least flavor – white washed potatoes – providing an opportunity for growers. Countdown business manager vegetables Grant Robinson said potatoes were a pantry staple, with price still consumers’ number one consideration.…

Ibérica de Patatas to market 550,000 kilos of new potatoes from Madrid

Ibérica de Patatas, one of Spain's biggest consumer potato marketing companies, is once again supplying new potatoes from the region of Madrid to large distributors. It is a product of great quality and freshness, since it is harvested and sorted in the next day. The product has already hit the shelves under…

New Alberta-grown potato line launched

Companies are noting that locally sourced products are becoming increasingly important for today’s shopper. They say consumers are hungry for fruits and vegetables that are grown nearby, and also factor in environmental sustainability when making purchases. Canadian-based, grower, shipper, packer Thomas…

Despite government attempts to boost supply

India: Onion price hits 20-month high

At the Lasalgaon mandi, Asia’s largest onion selling market, the onion price jumped Rs 1.50 a kg to Rs 32 a kg, the highest since January last year. On Monday, onion prices…

Agroplant

First seeding material sent to Vietnam

The first seeding materials of 2019 have already been shipped to the earliest export destinations in Vietnam. The seeding material of the early variety Actrice was ready to be prepared for export. Jeroen Kuin of Agroplant Vietnam is a relatively new market for Agroplant Holland but see plenty of growing opportunities…

Idaho, Oregon, and Washington total - 2018 potato crop valued at USD $2.02 billion

The final value of Idaho's 2018 potato crop was $1.03 billion, up 5 percent from 2017. The marketing year average price for potatoes in Idaho was $7.25 per cwt, up $0.02 from last year. In Oregon, the 2018 potato crop was valued at $202 million, up 2 percent from last year. The potato price was $7.47 per…

E-commerce boosting sales of colored potatoes in China

“There are relatively few companies in China producing colored potatoes, so this market is still relatively empty. It is still a niche product, mainly purchased by middle and high-end consumers. We brought our products to Asia Fruit Logistica this year and received a lot of attention from visitors,” said…

European potato market (week 37)

France: yields below the multi-year average

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Firm markets, offer is still very limited. Final yields for conservation varieties remain uncertain (samples regularly confirm a slow and late growth). The persistent drought makes grubbing difficult (some soils become…

“Decision to import onions reflects government’s anti-grower bias”

The government has decided to import onions from ‘Pakistan, Egypt, China, Afghanistan or any other origin’, according to a Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation Limited notifications. Some concerns were raised about importing from Pakistan. According to an article in The Wire, the move itself reveals a…

Potato production drops off in Moldova

Sources say that in Moldova, growing potatoes has become completely unprofitable. Sown areas today have decreased by a quarter compared to 2018, and due to the lack of…

US representative urges Perdue to include fresh potatoes in US-Japan trade talks

Republican representative Dan Newhouse  has sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, urging the consideration of open market access for US fresh potatoes in Japan…


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