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Potatoes and Onions

China: Onion price shows promise of improvement

The domestic onion price remained low in the first half of this year, and in many areas the onions were unmarketable. The domestic onion supply has become strained in the…

Australia: McCain launches sweet potato chips

The popularity of sweet potatoes is continuing to grow steadily in Australia, and so McCain Foods is introducing new oven-baked chips to the freezer aisle of supermarkets. A…

Ireland imported 72,000 tons of potatoes in 2017

Ireland imported 72,000 tons of potatoes last year, as total imports of goods cost approximately €79 billion. These figures come from the Central Statistics Office which also…

Tearless sweet onions begin shipping this week in US

Sunions, which are a tearless sweet onion, will begin shipping to a limited number of retailers this week. In its inaugural season of availability, marketers say Sunions racked up more…

“Pototaly”

China launches first potato-based skincare line

Yiwen Hao is the founder of Pototaly, the world’s first potato-based organic skincare brand. It’s no accident that she’s launching a product made from the humble tuber: her family business is Landun Xumei Foods, an enormous farm-to-factory and farm-to-restaurant producer of potatoes, active in everything…

European Potato Market (week 49)

Few spontaneous offers for Fontane and Challenger

Belgium Fiwap/PCA Market Message: Industrial varieties: Fontane: 25,00 to 27,00 €/q ; firm market ; Challenger : 25,00 to 27,00 €/q ; firm market ; Still very few spontaneous…

Adrie Kleinjan, Kleinjans Aardappelhandel:

“Nothing spectacular on the potato market yet”

Although the onion market is currently hot, the potato market is in a slump. “Of course prices are nice, but everyone expected slightly more,” says Adrie Kleinjan of the…

Russian phytosanitary experts to inspect Dutch and German seed potato consignments

Rosselkhoznadzor specialists will visit Germany and the Netherlands between December 2 and 8 of this year, at the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of…

Instead of exports, supplies are expected to stay in domestic market

Carolinas fallout likely to influence domestic sweet potato supply

Domestic supplies of sweet potatoes are average right now. “This is different from last year. Last year there was a big crop because everything lined up just right. We had rain at the right time for example,” says Chase Rimmer of Bruce Sweet Potato in Bruce, MS. “But this year, we’re back to normal now.” While Mississippi’s…

Indian onion situation:

Maharashtra state govt takes action after PMO acts on farmer’s complaint

A day after the central government demanded a detailed report on a Maharashtra onion farmer sending his paltry earnings of ₹ 1,064 (€13.25) from selling 750 kg of his produce…

Onion market and crop update for December 6, 2018

MARKET Washington: Trent Faulkner with L&M Companies in Raleigh, NC, reported Dec. 5 on shipments out of the Warden, WA, operation. “Freight is driving demand and the…

Italy: Agron illustrates the results of 2018 potato experiments

On 27th November, Cristiano Carli and Roberto Giordano of the Fondazione Agrion organised a technical meeting devoted to the presentation of the results of the 2018 potato experimentations conducted at the Horticultural Experimental Centre in Boves. Roberto Giordano illustrated the data provided by the Sistema Piemonte…

Louisa, the new ideal French fry potato

During the Interpom trade show, the Belgian region of Wallonie presented the Louisa variety, created in Belgium using classical selection techniques (non-GMO). “Its main…

India: Deesa potato farmers witness glut and falling prices

Farmers around Deesa, known as India’s ‘potato bowl’, are facing a problem of oversupply, which could force them dump their produce. The phenomenon is a throwback to previous years when farmers dumped huge stock of potatoes on the streets of Deesa, or fed them to cattle due to plummeting returns. The demand from states…

New Zealand: Rain hurts South Canterbury potato production

A very wet November has mushed up to 10 percent of the potato crop of a South Canterbury farmer. Potato grower Jeff Bleeker, a supplier to Makikihi Fries, said​ significant…

Wisconsin seed potato outlook remains optimistic

Wisconsin certainly had its share of weather challenges in 2018. Much of the Wisconsin potato fields received a major layer of snow while seed shipping and the commercial…

Peter Beemsterboer:

“Solidarity in the onion trade has been better”

Late in September, J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders celebrated their 75th anniversary with family and employees. On the occasion of this anniversary, the glossy magazine JPB was introduced. “It was quite a job, I worked on it for four years,” says Peter Beemsterboer about the 178-page book. He officially…

Quebec's dry summer resulted in quality onion crop

Quebec experienced a relatively hot and very dry summer this year, which left much of the province under drought conditions. While this has been an undesirable situation for…

France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands produce 20% less

Spain closing potato campaign with 15-20% lower production

This year's Spanish potato season is almost finished and will come to an end with a 15 to 20% lower yield than in 2017, reports the head of the FEPEX potato committee, Jose Ramón Aguado. In France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands there will also be 20% declines in the harvest and the total volume…

Potato prices in Europe doubling as yields fall below average

A 10 million-ton drop in the EU potato harvest has made potato prices surge across the continent. Supplies across Europe have fallen 13.5% this harvest, dropping from 64.6…

Mexico: tariffs on US frozen fries stay the same

The National Potato Council (NPC) rejoiced when the formal signing of the new so-called USMCA trade agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico was signed last week, but…

Italy: New record prices for onions

After two years characterized by low prices, quotations are rather high this year. In the main Italian markets, we're talking about €0.70-1 per wholesale kg. This means both producers and intermediate links of the chain can make a profit and cover what they lost during previous years.  An operator from northern Italy reports that "the produce…

Gerald Lemaire, Lucas Lemaire:

"Potato market boosted by industrial purchases at harvest and maintained by good demand for export"

"Currently, the potato market is relatively balanced," says Gerald Lemaire of Lucas Lemaire, a company specialized in potatoes and onions. "We have a good supply and a fairly regular demand in several countries." Lucas Lemaire sells in many countries. "Spain remains our first customer. In the fresh market, we supply…

Nogales-based grower to start Mexican onion season this month

SunFed has announced it is starting its Mexican onion season in December. Fresh white onions will be available early December with volumes picking up by mid-December, the company shared. The crop will focus on fresh onions and will be available in Jumbo 50 lb and 25 lb sacks, 40 lb cartons & RPCs. SunFed says special…

More Zimbabwean farmers take up potato production

Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani district is slowly turning into a potato farming hub as most communal farmers in the high rainfall parts of the district have shifted into growing the…

Kenyans urged to eat orange sweet potato

Sweet potato is a storable root crop and a staple food in many parts of Kenya. Many claim it is the fifth most important food crop in developing countries. Sweet potato comes…

For new chilled potato range

Albert Bartlett secures new own label listing with Asda

Albert Bartlett has secured a national listing with Asda for its new chilled potato range. The new range of own label products will be stocked in all 590 Asda stores across…

Ismail Güldal, Güldal wholesalers Karlsruhe:

''Hand sorted onion mix is a big hit within our assortment''

Onion and potato wholesalers are currently experiencing a difficult season. The prices are very precisely calculated, the available quantities however are low. Nevertheless, even in a difficult market situation, there are always interesting niches. In the field of onions, mixed nets with yellow, red and…

Solid supply of onions across North America

North America has a solid crop of onions. “Industry wise, there seems to be more onions than last year and that’s just indicative of the pricing. Pricing is still fairly depressed,” says Jessica Peri of Peri & Sons Farms in Yerington, Nev. She notes that Peri & Sons have storage crops projected to go through to March.…

Irish potato prices double as harvest falls across EU

A 10-million-tonne drop in the EU potato harvest has fueled a surge in Irish spud prices. Supplies across Europe have fallen 13.5% this harvest, dropping from 64.6 million…

According to Prince Edward Island grower

Canada: Price of potatoes expected to go up

Potato growers on P.E.I. aren't the only ones who faced challenges with their crops this year, creating a shortage in supply across the country and as far away as Belgium, says Ray Keenan, an owner of Rollo Bay Holdings: "I don't know of any place that has any excess of potatoes this year. It's a…

US-Japan agreement needs to discuss tariffs and phytosanitary measures

The American National Potato Council (NPC) has welcomed the announcement from the Office of the Trade Representative (USTR)of its intention to enter into negotiations with…

Domestic trade hit by low prices

Overseas markets pick up demand for Indian onions

India’s onion exports have picked up through sturdy demand from overseas, even as domestic prices continue to be low. Experts attribute the pick-up in demand over the past few months to a lower global output due to changing climatic conditions. Ganpat Vaishnav, owner of Ganesh Impex, moved to exporting onions over…

Nicola Sturgeon visits Airdrie potato firm to unveil special plaque

Scotland's First Minister officially opens new £17 mln chilled facility

Scotland’s First Minister helped to formally open Albert Bartlett’s new £17m chilled potato plant. Nicola Sturgeon unveiled a special plaque during her visit to the leading…

It will be available soon in 750 grams nets

A new product: onions with the Selenella brand

News from Selenella: the historic brand will not be for potatoes only but also for onions. Selenella branded onions will soon arrive both in wholesale markets and MMRs. The onions are both red and white. The president, Massimo Cristiani, explained: “We are shipping our onions with the Selenella brand right now. They are rich…

McCain Foods commits $45 million to Portage facility

On Tuesday, McCain Foods Canada announced infrastructure investments totalling $75 million for its Portage la Prairie and Carberry-based facilities. “Our investments at both the Portage la Prairie and Carberry facilities are testaments to McCain’s ongoing commitment to growers, employees and the communities in which…

Ukraine has increased its export of late potatoes

Exports of late potatoes from Ukraine in September and October 2018 exceeded 6,300 tons, thereby increasing 15-fold compared with the same period of 2017, say EastFruit…

Frans Cool, Cool Paul

“High onion prices ease the pain a little”

“When it comes to yields, the Belgian onion market is even worse off than the Dutch market. The yields differ from plot to plot but, due to the hot, dry weather, there are…

Overview North America

Fewer potatoes emerging from the 2018 crop

Supplies of potatoes look to be lower this year across the U.S. “It appears we’re going to have a short supply of potatoes this year which we haven’t had in a long time,” says Ken Gad of South Easton, MA-based Cambridge Farms Inc. Gad notes that potatoes across the country have come in in uneven amounts. “We have a lot of…

Nigeria: IITA develops new sweet potato variety to tackle malnutrition

Empowering, Novel, Agri-Business Led, Employment, Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (ENABLE TAAT) has recently developed an Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) species to tackle malnutrition and reduce diabetes in Africa. Murtalab Adedamola, the ENABLE TAAT Field Trainer of the International Institute of…

A couch potato or potato couch?

"Your next sofa could be made out of potato peel"

A damp pile of potato peels might not inspire everyone, but the trimmings and skins from our favourite vegetable could form furniture and fittings to help create a more positive, renewable approach to material use. Last week, Rowan Minkley was named the UK’s most promising young engineering entrepreneur by the…

Chinese onions at Denimpex

Global onion crisis: the sky’s the limit

Denimpex has been active in the overseas onion import trade since 1955. The company from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has imported onions from all corners of the world for 63 years. Besides the import of onions from New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, Chile, Mexico, India, Japan and Egypt, Denimpex has also…

Paraguay suspends potato and onion imports for another 15 days

The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Denis Lichi, stated that the MAG wouldn't issue the Import Phytosanitary Accreditation (Afidi) for the importation of potatoes…

Onion market festival Bern, Switzerland

Onion toys were displayed for sale at the annual "Zibelemaerit" in Bern, Switzerland on November 26, 2018. The "Zibelemaerit" (onion market) is a traditional one-day festival…

Canadian processors face potato shortage

The weather on Prince Edward Island this fall mostly consisted of rain and more rain. From P.E.I. to Alberta, this fall was a massive migraine for potato growers. As a result,…

Low-quality stocks carried over from last year

Indian onion farmers fret over price of new crop

As the new onion crop hits the markets in key producing states such as Maharashtra and Gujarat, the prices have slipped into a downward trend, to the grief of most growers. High carry-over stocks…

Many PEI potato suppliers haven't started packing yet

Potato growers and shippers in Prince Edward Island are holding back on packing as they wait to assess their crops after frost back in September. The frost came earlier than usual while the potatoes were still in the ground. As a result, supplies are very tight and will be so for the foreseeable future. "Potato…

Untimely rains in India: Potato area down by 35 percent

In the state of Haryana, the area under potato cultivation has decreased by almost 35 percent due to untimely rain in October. The potato is normally grown on nearly 2,700 hectares in the district. On the other hand, the area under cauliflower cultivation has also decreased by almost 50 percent. As per information, the…

China potato analysis: demand remains weak, but late-season price increase remains possible

Leafy vegetables enter the market in large volumes between mid-October and late November. Potatoes have changed from "low-price vegetables" into "high-price vegetables"…

European potato market (week 47)

Belgium: hardly any Innovator trade

Belgium Fiwap / PCA Market Message: The market is stable for the Fontane and Challenger varieties, firm for Innovator and calm for Bintje. In Bintje, some processors do not buy any more for the…

University College London research

"Onions help against antibiotic resistant bacterial, viral or fungal infections”

Antibiotic resistance is a deadly threat to modern medicine and to mankind. Now we are in the entrance of post-antibiotic era. Researchers are continuously looking to use…

‘Imagine a World Without Potatoes’

Worldwide campaign hopes to put potatoes back on menu

A global campaign due to launch next year will harness the marketing budgets of multinational companies and promotional agencies around the world in a bid to halt the downward…

Full stocks, growers continue to speculate

Germany: Potato prices are slowly rising

Due to the persistent droughts this summer, many areas in Germany suffered extreme losses. The traders are now also feeling the pain, because due to the ever rising wholesale prices, growers are still waiting to sell and are not ready to bring their goods on the market. The result: full warehouses and a…

Use an onion to stay safe on the roads this winter

As the temperature drops, getting behind the wheel can come with a host of troubles. Scraping the ice off your windshield in the morning is never an enjoyable task, but onions…

Government tries to obscure inflation

Turkish police seize 30 tons of onions in raid

Police officials in the south-eastern Turkish province of Mardin have seized 30 tons of onions after raiding a warehouse. There, a large supply of the staple food had been stockpiled by traders seeking to exploit high prices, Turkish pro-government newspapers reported. The municipal police raided the…

Looking for the root causes of the Egyptian potato crisis

The price of potatoes across Egypt skyrocketed in September, and they are still high two months later. A market in Cairo’s Bab al-Louq neighborhood closed last week with a price tag of LE17 (€0.84), while the going rate for a kilogram of potatoes in markets in lower income areas across Cairo is LE10…

Frozen potatoes, unharvested fields

Canada: Thousands of acres of potatoes unharvested in Manitoba

A giant processing potato crop was denied the farmers by bad harvest weather. An unprecedented number of processing potatoes went unharvested in Manitoba due to harvest delays…

Turkey: Onion prices skyrocket

A disease which was found out in 40 % of the onions harvested last week, has caused onion prices to rise dramatically. The price of onions almost doubled from 0.5 USD to 0.80 USD per kg. Turkish Wholesalers Market Association Chairman, Yuksel Tavsan, said: “The reason behind the price increase is a shortage of supply due to disease. As it…

Turkey checks onion hoarding in battle against inflation

Turkey’s government began counting onions this week after inflation accelerated to a 15-year high. Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, the son-in-law of President…

Israeli Ministry: Farmers & wholesalers are pumping up onion prices

Israel’s Agriculture Ministry has issued a notice blaming farmers for the recent run-up in the cost of onions. Farmers have been hoarding onions in their warehouses in order…

Large seed potato company from the NOP in the Netherlands caught red-handed

Switching of consumption potatoes for seed potatoes proven

Earlier this month Breeders Trust revealed a major fraud, concerning the switching of at least 200 tons of potatoes meant for consumption, to seed potatoes. Seed Company Mts.…

Solid, but fewer, shipments of Peruvian sweet onions

Imported sweet onions from Peru are coming in via good supplies. “We’re around the halfway point of the Peruvian sweet onion season both in volume and on the calendar,” says John Shuman of Shuman Produce in Reidsville, Ga. “The current supplies are good as we prepare for the upcoming holiday and winter demand.” While…

Syrian government bans export of potatoes until January 2019

The Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade of the Syrian regime has issued a decree banning the export of fresh potatoes. This ban will last from the date of the decision…

Turkey: Potato growers in Ahlat, Bitlis delighted with the crop this season

Harvest is under way in Ahlat town of Bitlis which is the main source for potatoes in Eastern Turkey. The prices have been much better compared to previous years which is putting a smile on all potato growers’ faces. Last year's potato price was around 0.05 USD per kg but this year the price at the grower is between…

Large amount of onions spilled

Multiple tractor trailers collide on Massachusetts Turnpike

Traffic came to a standstill on the Massachusetts Turnpike early Friday morning after multiple tractor trailers spun out of control. First responders arriving on the eastbound side of the Pike in Sturbridge just before 3:30 a.m. found several trailers that had collided due to slippery road conditions. One of the…

Italy: Good market for potatoes

There are two sides to the potato market this year - the produce is lacking and there is the risk of only finding low-quality potatoes on the market as the best produce is being kept in warehouses hoping for the situation to improve. "There is a bit of everything on the market at the moment, though we need to be careful as, at times, the second category…

"Some Polish farmers delay selling their onions, hoping for an even higher price"

The onion market is heading towards a bit of a pickle, where some experts expect the onions to run out by March. Although Polish company Green Best isn't primarily focused on onions, it might be the first time they can actually make some money off of the produce. Like in many European countries, the Polish onions are…

Canada: P.E.I. anticipating pay-outs for poor potato harvest

Prince Edward Island Agriculture Minister Rob Henderson has stated that a tough growing season may result in some pay-outs for lost potato crops. Henderson said that about 10…

Sweet PotaTOASTS

The hottest “toast” of the town

American company Sweet Potatoasts has revolutionized the latest trend in food hacks –sweet potato toast. It is known as ‘Sweet PotaTOASTS’. The company has taken so much work from your hands: the sweet potato slices have even been roasted before they were frozen. Sweet potato enthusiasts only have to pop it in the oven for a few minutes, top it, and enjoy. Source: sweetpotatoasts.com

Martijn van Damme: "Already being sold now for EUR0,45-EUR0,50 for January"

Prices rising dramatically on strained onion market

Onion prices were already high and in the last week the mood has become even more robust. "It is expected that the onions will run out even faster than initially thought. This has resulted in an overstrained market," says Martijn van Damme of the Dutch wholesaler, Dacomex. "Prices are increasing dramatically. They have…

North Carolina sweet potato growers finish challenging harvest

Growers in North Carolina have finished up their sweet potato harvest within the last week or two, ending what has been a challenging period for them. Steven Pope of Howell Farming Company in Goldsboro said the harvest ended later than usual due to Hurricane Florence back in September. "We finished our harvest just…

From Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir

India: Bengal government bans import of seed potato

The West Bengal government has issued a blanket ban on importing seed potatoes, particularly from Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir owing to…

New potato from Maine on New England supermarket shelves

The Caribou Russet potato, developed by the University of Maine, is now available in more stores throughout New England. The Caribou Russet first went to market in the fall of 2016 and has seen its popularity grow rapidly in the last two years. Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board,…

Upper East Ghana tomato farmers switch to onions

Tomato farmers in the Upper East Region, formerly supplying the Pwalugu Tomato Factory, are increasingly shifting to onion farming. The main reason are the long delays…

Problematic sowing in Maharashtra

Indian traders fear onion price hike

A lack of rain in Maharashtra is affecting the rabi (spring harvest) sowing. Onions might be among the crops affected. Thanks to lower sowing and yield, the overall onion crop is estimated to be 10-15 percent lower. But a third of the total output is from Maharashtra, said a state government official. Chart Sources say…

Peru: Researchers developing potatoes resistant to disease and climate change

Scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP) are using wild potatoes to develop climate-resilient varieties. These potatoes are tolerant to heat and drought and…

North Carolina sweet potato grower promotes personnel

2018 has been a tough year for the sweet potato industry in North Carolina. First, Hurricane Florence dumped record breaking rain on North Carolina’s Farmers and decreased supply. Just as farmers were assessing the damage; hurricane Michael threatened the industry in the southern part of the US. Then to…

Cyprus potato prices sky-rocketing due to shortages

Despite reassurances from stakeholders that fresh potatoes will be hitting the market soon to push prices down, Cypriot spuds have seen their price sky-rocket to €2 per kilo. In…

Potato variety Cold River Gold now available for consumers

This holiday season, home cooks will be able to purchase the premium potato that professional chefs in Maine have loved for years. Cold River Gold is now available to…

EU: Support for French fry producers against Colombia

On November 9, Belgium got the support of the European Union in its commercial fight with Colombia, which plans to introduce anti-dumping measures against the kingdom's frozen…

Canada: Short harvest causes potato shortage in Manitoba

Manitoba has a potato shortage. Potato production dropped heavily because of poor conditions at harvest. Growers in the Canadian province had expected to produce about 22…

Rik Tanghe, RTL Patat:

“Next week’s weather forecast puts pressure on potato supply”

“There’s currently plenty of Bintje supply on the market. Yet there are still some batches with floaters that are being pulled up first by industry. The Fontane and Challengers are being pushed towards January, so that glassy Bintje with storability problems aren’t lost,” says Rik Tanghe of RTL Patat.…

Hamburg importer launches campaign with brand new company name 'Elbfresh'

Egyptian spring onions more and more present in the German wholesale and retail trade

The supply of local spring onions is currently coming to an end and so imported products are getting into view. By the end of the week, the last local lots will be on the market, after which the goods from Egypt will be there. Major, Hamburg-based supplier Elbfresh is also prepared for an interesting…

Cameroon: scarcity and rising prices of onions

Since the beginning of October; onions are sold out. It is the third cash crop after cotton and peanuts. Onions covers more than 3,400 ha and keep more than 13,600 producers…

European potato market (week 46)

France: "Difficult markets for Bintje"

Belgium Fiwap/PCA Market Message: Industrial varieties: Fontane: 25,00 to 27,00€/q; stable market; Challenger: 25.00 to 27.00€/q; stable market; Innovator: 27.00 to 28.50 € / q; firm market. Bintje: • "frying quality": max…

Impacting potato supply & processed potato products

Germany: Potato harvest at historically low level

The German association of fruit, vegetable and potato processing industry (BOGK) confirmed their press release statement from July this year, now the German potato harvest is…

Turkey: Potato harvest under way in various production areas

Potato harvesting continues at full speed in Kayseri which is becoming a more important area for potato production in the country. Potato production areas in Nigde and Nevsehir, two main potato production areas in the country, have been diminishing due to potato wart and Kayseri has been picking up the…

Romain Cools about the French fries war with over Colombia

“Europe must bare its teeth, and if needs be, bite"

The Belgian, Dutch and German potato industries are afraid that it will become increasingly difficult to export frozen French fries to the South American market. Colombia has announced that it will charge anti-dumping tariffs on frozen potato products from these three European countries. “The threat Colombia poses is…

Chile: One third of processed potatoes are imported

One third of the potatoes marketed in the country are imported and processed, according to Chile's Potato Consortium. The Consortium also said that as long as the country does…

Total revenue about a quarter lower than last year

Potato harvest Lower Saxony at historically low level

Market observers are calling the current potato harvest yield 'historically small'. As the Landvolk press service reports, the total German harvest is put at 8.7 million tons,…

Turkey: Onion prices could skyrocket to 2 USD per kg in January

Antalya Trade Association Chairman, Ali Candir, warned consumers about the potential rise in onion prices in the approaching winter months. Ali Candir: “The sale price of onion during August and September was around 0.22 USD per kg and 80 % of these products have gone to waste. We have lost a significant…

Ireland: Soaring potato costs create pressure for food processors

Food suppliers and processors in Northern Ireland could be heading for a clash with supermarkets over the soaring cost of potatoes. One food processing firm stated that the…

Ireland: Domestic potato market report

The high levels of rainfall in the past week has made ground conditions more challenging for digging crops of potatoes and many growers have been stopped up for the past week.…

Onion dealers claim bad harvest was caused by climate change

Nigeria: Enugu onions dealers attribute high cost and scarcity to poor harvest

Enugu onions dealers on Saturday attributed the high cost and scarcity of onions in the market to a poor harvest caused by climatic change, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…

Poland: Lower availability and smaller-sized onions this season

"Despite the slight expansion of the acreage (according to data from the Statistics Agency - GUS), Poland's onion harvest will be almost 14% lower than in the previous year…

Potato brand offers tips for plant-based menu plans

Side Delights® announced new ways to help create “Plant-based menu plans” as the trend continues toward diets and ‘ways of eating’ that focus more on vegetables and less on…

Produce was seized at Thai border market

Lao onion and garlic smuggled across Mekong River

Red onion and garlic allegedly smuggled across Mekong River from Laos were seized at a Thai border market on Monday, police said. A haul of 1.7 tons of red onion and 1.4 tons of garlic were seized from a couple of pickup trucks at the border market in That Phanom district of Nakhon Phanom province, about 737 km…

Surviving hard potato times

After rough times, one thing is certain. Somebody will design a T-shirt to reflect on those times. This man has survived the horrific Pei Potato Harvest in 2018 and claims it's a lot healthier to look at these issues with a sense of humor.

US potato exports down: Retaliatory tariffs blamed

The first quarter of the July 2018 – June 2019 marketing year saw significant declines in U.S. potato exports compared to the same time frame the previous marketing year. In a…

Canada: rain worries potato growers

Fall weather complicated the harvest of potatoes in Canada, which is not yet over. Indeed, in order to harvest, potatoes must be dry and not too cold. On Prince Edward Island,…

Wet year for the state

US: Wisconsin potato crop facing 12 percent decline

It’s been a wet year for many parts of the eastern US; numerous regions are approaching record precipitation numbers. One state that’s experienced a much higher-than-normal…

Canadian grower slips into sweet potato production

In the month of February, greenhouse vegetable propagator Roelands Plant Farms Inc., from Lambton Shores, Ontario, is usually shipping the last of its orders for the year’s…

Canada: Prince Edward Island farmers say 15% of crops still in ground

Last week, Bryan Maynard, the co-owner of Farm Boys Inc. was waiting for fields to dry enough so that his crew could get back to harvesting the 30% of their potato crop that's…

China: Potato production down 20%, potato reserve fell by 30%

Potatoes are, according to Sannong Zhongguo, the fourth-largest staple food in China. There are four major production areas, the one in the north includes four north-eastern…

Denis Joud, Fruits Union:

"Prices of French sweet potatoes are stable"

French sweet potatoes are enjoying growing success. "Despite the fact that we are in direct competition with Spain, the French product sells easily and is well valued," says Denis Joud, Sales Director of Fruits Union. "Volumes remain small, but the demand is quite high.” According to Denis, the French consumer is a…

China: Fewer winter potatoes than last year

The overall surface area devoted to winter potato production decreased this year because the price of potatoes was relatively low last spring and last winter, which reduced…

Cape onion producers well-placed to take advantage of European shortage

Onion producers in the Koue Bokkeveld region of the Western Cape are in a favourable position to respond to the shortage of onions in Europe, after adequate rain this past season. European wholesalers are looking for onions of between 50mm and 100mm, depending on the client, focusing on brown onions. A number of other Koue…

USDA GAIN Report – 2018/19 seed potato import requirements

Egypt exported over 759,200 tons of ware potatoes

Ministerial Decree No. 1202/2018 (September 12, 2018) amends the previous decree in terms of pest tolerance levels, adds and removes certain pests from the quarantine list. Egypt notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) on October 9, 2018, of its new “Import Phytosanitary Requirements of Seed…

Dr Oz Show educates on the health benefits of onions

Dr. Oz educates on a vegetable people typically don’t think of as being a good-health source. Onions have been known to even cure diseases in many parts of the world as they…

'Potato gene' reveals how ancient Andeans adapted to starchy diet

Potatoes, native to South America, became an agricultural crop thousands of years ago in the Andean highlands of Peru. And just as the ancient Andean people turned wild tubers…

Rwandan Govt fines potato middlemen selling above set price

Some 146 middlemen who deal in agricultural produce have been fined for selling Irish potatoes at prices higher than the ones set by the government in a crackdown on the prevailing illegal price fixing in the agriculture commodities market reports  allafrica.com Illegal price fixing and speculation have been cited by…

Continental North-west Europe's potato harvest at least 20% lower

The total consumption potato harvest in four of the five important potato-producing countries in the EU is estimated to be at least 20% lower than last year. It is expected to…

Cyprus: ‘Potato crisis’ also in the north of the island

A lack of rainfall and high temperatures have taken their toll on the production of potatoes in the north of Cyprus. Subsequent shortages have led to soaring prices, Turkish…

Despite difficult season, long-term growth in processed potatoes

'The more convenient the product, the stronger the growth'

For domestic demand but also for foreign markets, new growth rates are recorded each year in Germany, because today's consumers simply love refined products that are easy to prepare. Both at the producer and on the processing level, people are happy about this long-term trend. Convenience potatoes The Friweika eG in…

"Bintje is experiencing a strong price change"

Belgium Fiwap/PCA Market Message: Industrial varieties of conservation: Fontane : 25,00 to 27,00 €/q; stable market; Challenger : 25.00 to 27.00 €/q; stable market; Innovator : 27.00 to 28.50 €/q; firm market. Bintje: "friable quality":…

China: Potato production volume satisfies market demand

The purchase price of potatoes is constantly changing in 2018. The price fluctuated between 2.2-3 yuan [0.32-0.43 USD] in July, and between 2.2-3.5 yuan [0.32-0.51 USD] in August, but currently fluctuates between 2.3-4 yuan [0.33-0.58 USD]. The market price, however, remains relatively stable. Further…

Summer heat wave produces smaller crop of Quebec onions

Mid-size onions from Quebec look tight on supplies this season. “We had extremely warm weather this summer. It was warmer than normal. So the effect on the onions was they’re smaller and the volumes are definitely lower than in a normal year,” says Mario Cloutier of Groupe Ethier Inc. in Mirabel, Que. In fact, this…

Hungary: Lower potato yields will drive prices up

The potato harvest is approaching its end in Hungary, as reported by the National Chamber of Commerce. Due to the bad weather conditions, the yield this year will only reach…

Tropifoods

Costa Rica introduces new product: sweet potato

"We have the advantage that we are able to produce sweet potato all year round. This gives us the opportunity to offer fresh products to our customers at any time of the year. The other origins are more known in the market, such as Honduras or the United States as they have been working with this product…

First in Central Asia

Uzbekistan builds French fries production plant

A first in Central Asia: a facility for the production of frozen French fries and potato flakes has been built in Uzbekistan. It will be inaugurated this month. The production capacity of the plant will be up to 20,000 tons of products per year. Work on the project has been ongoing for more than three…

PepsiCo launches bid for Pipers Crisps

By launching a bid to acquire Lincolnshire crisp company Pipers Crisps, PepsiCo is currently taking another step into the UK snack market. The PepsiCo company already owns Leicester-based Walkers Crisps and American firm Doritos and wants to grow Pipers in the UK. The international food and drink company's bid is…

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra invervention demanded for Scottish seed potatoes

The Scottish Government has called on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to put measures in place preventing UK producers from importing…

Joint agreement to protect onion industry

Biosecurity New Zealand and Onions New Zealand Inc have reached an agreement on funding to prepare for future biosecurity responses. Both parties signed a Sector Readiness…

Sudan: Onion prices soar in Darfur

The price of onions has risen sharply in the state of Darfur amid a shortage of the vegetable that is consumed extensively in the region. The Ministry of Finance in Khartoum…

India: Orange fleshed sweet potato to aid against malnutrition

Around 50 farmers from the districts of Gorakhpur and Sant Kabir Nagar are growing orange fleshed sweet potatoes in a fight against malnutrition, especially for the children…

Onion harvest concludes in Treasure Valley

The onion harvest in the Treasure Valley region in eastern Oregon and Idaho has just finished for the year. Crop yields and profile were normal according to Cameron Skeen of Baker & Murakami. "The harvest finished this past week, signaling an end to that part of the season," Skeen said. "Overall…

Potato brand launched fourth quarter of yearlong campaign

Tasteful Selections, a specialty potato brand from RPE Inc., launched the fourth quarter of its yearlong Fresh campaign on November 5. The campaign aims to provide insights…

USDA Gain Report

Peoples Republic of China - Potato and potato products annual report

China is the world’s largest potato producer, accounting for roughly a quarter of worldwide fresh potato production. China’s 2018/19 fresh potato production is forecast lower at 94 million tons, a two-percent decrease from MY2017/18. This decrease is due to low potato prices which pushed Chinese farmers…


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