Potatoes and Onions

Stu Follen of SL Follen Co., Portland

‘Yunnan spring onion freeze does not affect US exports, but could be significant in world market'

According to Stu Follen of SL Follen Co. in Portland, the spring onion freeze in Yunnan, China,  does not affect US exports, although it could be significant in the world market.…

European potato market (week 2)

France: fProcessors were buying again before and after the New Year

European physical markets  Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Potatoes for processing: since the beginning of the year, several factories are buying on the market. The offer remains limited despite the recent price increase. Bintje: 5.00 €/q for the normal qualities/excess tons.…

Myanmar onion exports forecast to drop in 2021

According to the chairperson of the Myanmar Onion, Garlic and Culinary Crops Production and Exporting Association, Myanmar's onion exports are expected to drop off this year,…

As Romanian and Polish migrants are thwarted by Brexit

Jersey potato farmers fly in Filipino workers

Workers from the Philippines have been recruited to work on Jersey farms to fill the gap left in the wake of Brexit, as Polish and Romanian worker abandoned the island after…

Simon Hobbs - Scott Farms International

UK: Mixed demand and increasing prices for US sweet potatoes

The availability of American sweet potatoes on the UK market is good at the moment, but prices are steadily increasing. “The US domestic market is strong, and the Canadian market is in good shape,” explains Simon Hobbs, Commercial Director at Scott Farms International. “International sales are also…

Kenyan government commissions cold storage facilities to eliminate potato losses

The Kenyan government is in the process of setting up two potato cold storage facilities, striving to reduce post-harvest losses in the agriculture sub-sector. The two…

Lenneke Pors-Schot

Romania produced slightly over 2 million tons of potatoes in 2020

In 2020, Romania's potato production exceeded the 2 million tons, but was 21% smaller than in the previous year, when 2.62 million tons were harvested, according to data…

Bejo/De Groot en Slot introduces the Innovator

First Downy mildew resistant seed shallot on the market

Dutch companies, Bejo/De Groot en Slot, can now introduce the first Downy mildew resistant seed shallot - the Innovator. This is after years of breeding. This hybrid variety is meant for long-day areas. It has a slightly more elongated bulb and pronounced color. Downy mildew is a big problem in onion and…

Daan Sturm

Onion acreage in Russia reduced by 26% in ten years

According to Rosstat, in 2019, the acreage devoted to ​​onion cultivation in Russia stood at 59.5 thousand hectares; 3.7% less than in 2018. Compared to 2010, the acreage has…

Ukraine: Continental expands potato acreage and storage capacity

The Continental Farmers Group has announced the start of construction of a new potato storage facility in the village of Chukva in the Sambir district of the Lviv region. The…

Market and Crop Update for January 14, 2021

'January Texas onion crop is doing great'

MARKETWashington:Dan Borer with Keystone Fruit Marketing reported on Jan. 12 from his Walla Walla sales office, saying, “It’s a typical January, and we really have no…

Unexpected purchases from Belgian processors shake up the potato market

The Belgian potato processing industry has set the tone for the Northwest European potato market at the start of the year after a number of Belgian factories unexpectedly…

Challenging year for Irish potato growers

As some potato growers were unable to get their maincrop harvested until directly before Christmas, there were considerably higher production costs incurred during 2020.…

How much potato is in fact produced in Ukraine?

The data of state statistics on potatoes produced in Ukraine do not correspond to real figures and are overestimated by about two-thirds, Vice-President of the Ukrainian…

Europlant further expands seed potato storage and logistics

Warehouse expansion and site takeover

With the completion of the warehouse expansion at the Eldingen site, as well as the expansion and takeover of the Wietzendorf site, EUROPLANT Pflanzenzucht GmbH has significantly expanded its storage and processing options for seed potatoes for the 2020/21 season. "We can now store around 20,000 t of seed…

In 2020, Swedes loved eating potatoes the most

A survey was recently undertaken among 1.000 Swedes. They were asked about the trendiest and most popular foods of 2020. Livsmedelsföretagen commissioned the study. This is…

Pakistan farmers' lobbying group calls for protests against tomato & onion imports

The Sindh Abadgar Ittehad is a Pakistani farmers' lobbying group. On January 14, the group has put out a call for starting province-wide protests against the import of…

Indian government may procure 50% more onions in FY22

The Indian government might go ahead and procure 50 percent more onions from farmers in 2021-22 to try and control the spike in prices; these can go up to Rs 100 per kg…

Dutch criminals use potato exports to Africa to launder money

According to the Fiscale Inlichtingen en OpsporingsDienst (FIOD), Dutch criminals are increasingly using exports to Africa to launder money. These funds are then invested in…

West Bengal, Punjab

Potato prices drop 70% due to new arrivals

Potato prices have crashed nearly 70 percent across primary agricultural markets from their peak of Rs 2,900-2,750 per 100 kgs in the last week of November, due to higher…

Andrew Arubckle

Will UK potato growers give the AHDB a roasting in a new ballot?

The ballot paper in front of potato growers and vegetable producers does not use these words but this is the crux: do you want to continue paying a levy to the Agriculture and…

Afghanistan: 190 onion cold storages established in Laghman province

In a statement, the Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Department has said that 190 cold storages for onion have been built in Afghanistan’s eastern Laghman province under…

Chinese potato market cooled with cold weather

Recently temperatures in major potato producing areas including Shandong, Hebei, and Inner Mongolia dropped sharply. Shandong, especially, encountered the lowest temperatures…

European potato market (week 1)

Belgium: prices are down for processed potatoes

European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Potatoes for processing: the first contracts 2021-2022 are out. As expected, prices are down, but at first glance, less than expected. Increases at the very end of the season are small. Moreover, some buyers have…

Meijer Potato

Meijer Potato, the Netherlands:

“This robust generation is well-suited to organic farming”

The potato sector finds itself in a world that demands durable varieties. These include water-efficient types of potatoes. You must be able to process them directly from the field into long storage. But also a variety that sustainably provides the highest possible marketable yield. Meijer Potato has…

Top quality Maharashtra onions flood markets

After a severe shortage of over three months, fresh stock of onions have flooded markets in the city. The wholesale price of onions that had reached ₹90 a kg (€0.99) over the…

Bangladesh government slaps 10 percent tariff on onion imports

The government of Bangladesh has imposed a 10 percent tariff on onion import to protect interests of local growers. The revenue administration added 5 percent regulatory…

Scottish potato giant Albert Bartlett witnessed boost in sales and profits last year

Scottish potato company Albert Bartlett has witnessed a boost in sales and profits last year. Accounts for Albert Bartlett Holdings Limited, which runs the popular Albert…

Potato Weekly

UK: Trade in potato packing sector is strong

Post-Christmas trade across the week is described as lacklustre for most sectors, although many added that this would be anticipated for this time of the year. Packers have…

Mike de Koster, WDK Onions:

"Onion trade from full pelt to quiet spell"

After weeks with a gigantic onion export, the demand for Dutch onions is currently a lot calmer. "The contrast is huge, we are really going from full throttle to almost nothing and that is a bit disappointing," observes Mike de Koster of onion sorting and packing station WDK Onions from Kwadendamme. Piet…

Steady demand and good market for sweet potatoes

The sweet potato harvest in Mississippi wrapped up in the third week of October. For SMP Southeast Marketing, the crop saw good yields and quality. Trey Boyette shares: “There is ample supply, and our crop and growers are in good shape so we’re looking forward to a good season.” Normal volumes and good qualityWhile…

Retail potato sales show continued growth Oct-Dec

Record potato retail sales continued from October to December 2020, the second quarter of Potatoes USA’s marketing year 2021. All three months saw an increase in both dollar…

Some issues still remaining

Northern Ireland: Progress on potato imports welcome

Democratic Unionist Party MPs Carla Lockhart and Ian Paisley Jr have welcomed confirmation that importation of ware potatoes will be able to continue after 1 January. In a…

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Research

Researchers use potato DNA to develop new varieties

Two University of Maine researchers are part of a team of plant geneticists and breeders working to develop tools that will help Maine scientists and farmers become more…

Rain damages ready to harvest grapes and onions in parts of Nashik

Unseasonal rain on Thursday has affected grapes and onions in parts of the Nashik district. Apart from Nashik city, unseasonal rainfall was reported from Niphad, Chandvad,…

Potatoes help support the Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ recommendation for increased nutrient-dense vegetable consumption

“It’s official: the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans have yet again confirmed the importance of eating more vegetables such as potatoes that provide potassium and…

Bangladesh Rajshahi division: Potato target exceeded by 2.63%

In Bangladesh’ Rajshahi agriculture region, growers have already exceeded the fixed potato farming target by 2.63%. The latest official data said the Department of Agriculture…

"PlanetProof facilitates step to specialization in potato sector"

Traditionally, the first weeks of the new year are guaranteed a smooth sale of table potatoes in the supermarket. "After the holidays, consumers want to get back to their normal routine and more basic food shopping is being bought, including potatoes. The necessary volume campaigns are therefore…

Competitors have taken advantage of export ban

Tepid demand for Indian onions in global market

Although India’s federal government lifted the ban on onion exports that was imposed on September 14, current demand for the product from importers is limited as competing…

Irish Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue

Brexit might be opportunity to market Irish seed potatoes

Irish Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue has proposed there may be significant opportunities to increase the production and supply of Irish grown seed potatoes…

Prices likely to remain under pressure

Higher acreage and better potato yields in Bengal & Uttar Pradesh

Potato production across the major growing States of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and West Bengal is likely to be higher this year on the back of an increase in the area under…

Ukraine was one of the largest importers of potatoes in 2020

Ukraine is officially considered to be one of the three leaders in the production of potatoes, while at the same time being one of the largest importers of potatoes, due to…

Daily Onions BV and Daily Import Ltd

Dutch company begins new business in England to import onions to the UK

"We're pleased to have sent our first shipment of onions to the UK this weekend," say Adriaan van Belzen and Laurens Mostert of Daily Onions in the Netherlands. Despite preparations, you never know beforehand how things will go. But, we passed the first test." "We noticed early on that many of our British…

New potato campaign celebrates “the little things”

It was the little wins, the little celebrations, the little things that helped people get through an unparalleled year in 2020. And those little things inspired the newest…

New rules for Idaho potato field quarantines

USDA officials have released a new plan to deal with a microscopic pest in south-eastern Idaho that threatens the state's billion-dollar industry. Last week, the US Department…

Robert Doig - Caledonian Potatoes

EU derogation to export seed potatoes into the UK - "a manifest injustice"

Discussions have been ongoing with the European Commission on the subject of third country equivalence for plant reproductive material, plant health prohibitions and changes…

Scotty Brand cuts 27 tons of plastic from its packaging

Scottish potato business Scotty Brand has cut almost 27 tons of plastic from its packaging in a year. The company said it introduced a slew of plastic-saving measures across…

Mallorca, Spain

Brexit: Sa Pobla potato exporters set to face more red tape

Over the coming months, potato exporters from Sa Pobla, a small municipality in the Mallorcan district of Raiguer,  expect to face  considerable amounts of red tape as a result of…

Prices of Nigerian onions back down from all-time high

A few months back, the price of onions in Nigeria made headlines as the commodity hit an all-time high due to a dip in the supply. Currently, prices are on their way down as a…

Red potato pulp: an innovative ingredient for gluten-free bread

Starch based gluten-free bread (formulations containing a mixture of corn and potato starch with hydrocolloids) are deficient in nutrients and do not contain health promoting compounds. Therefore they could be supplemented with raw materials rich in such components, especially antioxidants. Among them…

VTA, the Netherlands:

"Good exports mean low onion stock"

The Dutch United Arable Farmers Association (VTA) has completed the first stock assessment among its members. That was at the beginning of December for the 2020/2021 season. Importantly, this preliminary estimation showed that successful exports ensured a considerable gap was filled. The freely available…

Kenya High Court ruling: Potato packaging to remain at 50 kilos

The High Court in Nairobi has handed Kenyan growers a big win after dismissing a case seeking to block the law on packaging potatoes in 50kg bags. The High Court threw out a case filed by 17 farmers seeking to bar the government from implementing section 42 of the Agriculture Fisheries and Food Authority…

Nearly 3 million farmers embrace CIP-bred potatoes, raising revenues and resilience

Rising investment in infrastructure, people and research across Asia over the last 20 years has produced dramatic improvements in living standards. Nowhere is this more visible than the agricultural sector, where crop yields have grown six-fold in China and two-fold in India over the last 40 years.…

Indian Govt lifts ban on onion exports from January 1

The union government lifted the ban on export of all varieties of onion from January 1, a notification from the directorate general of foreign trade said, as the supply crunch…

PIP Innovations and FoodeQ team up to offer robotic cutting line

The development of PIP Innovations' robotic cutting machine started five years ago with the request from potato processor Peka Kroef to develop a machine that cuts defects from potato slices while retaining their shape.With built-in cameras and vision technology, the 'defects' are trimmed by delta robots…

New processing factory MSP Onions foresees every customer of programmed quality onions

"Internal quality sorting for onions demanded from all European supermarkets within two years"

The new onion processing factory of MSP Onions in Nieuwdorp is almost serene. Nevertheless, an impressive volume passes through the factory every day with a capacity of 1,000 tons per day with good demand. "In a traditional situation you would work with 70 people, we do it here with seven people and that…

Russian Federation: Onion growers manage to raise prices

There is an increase in prices for high-quality onions on the Russian market. According to the growers themselves, this is the first noticeable increase in sales prices for…

Harvex platform takes onion trading into the digital age

Harvex is a new trading system that has been called ‘the world first global online trading platform for fresh onions’. The onion-trading platform claims it’s bringing…

Bruce Huffaker:

"The potato industry might be able to recover by 2022, but not yet in 2021"

Exactly a year ago, potatoes were seeing tight supplies and solid demand and it was expected that pricing would be strong in 2020. Then came Covid-19. Bruce Huffaker, President of North American Potato Market News, says: “It’s been a very big challenge for the industry and for people in general.” Despite…

Worries that English-grown potatoes will not be allowed into Northern Ireland

There have been fears that English-grown potatoes will effectively disappear from the menu in Northern Ireland within days, unless a specific deal on tubers can be concluded…

Covid-19 lockdowns force Egyptian potato growers to abandon crops

Wholesale potato prices have decreased sharply over the past week, causing Egyptian growers to abandon their crops due to lockdown polices in importing countries. The lockdown…

National Potato Council commends $900-billion Congress Covid relief package

A $900 billion pandemic relief package, approved by Congress on Monday night, contains several provisions that should significantly help US farmers, said National Potato…

US potato imports up from July to September 2020

US potato imports for the first quarter of marketing year July 2020 – June 2021 were up 19% in total. This increase was led by a 28% growth in fresh potatoes from Canada, a…

Price per potato dropping in 2020

Washington state potato crops down

The dollar value of a Washington potato has plummeted in 2020. The Washington State Potato Commission has released additional figures detailing the economic wounds inflicted…

HZPC to present first prototype hybrid potato variety in 2021

Next year, HZPC expects to have the first prototype of a hybrid potato variety in its hands. These potatoes are sown instead of planted, which offers prospects for the food…

Uttar Pradesh new potato production record

As the government of the state of Uttar Pradesh is working to increase their farmers' livelihoods, the state has set a record for potato production this season. The steps…

Agrofirma Bunyatino

Moscow Region enterprise to restore potato storage with 10,400 ton capacity

According to Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Moscow Region, Sergei Voskresensky, the Agrofirma Bunyatino company is completing the reconstruction of a potato storage with a capacity of 10,400 tons. Currently, the main construction work at the site is 90% complete. Image: En.potatosystem.ru  En.potatosystem.ru…

Irish potato yields down after ‘unusual and variable season’

In the December issue of the Teagasc potato newsletter, Teagasc potato specialist Shay Phelan writes that most growers were able to plant crops earlier than normal, but late…

Dreamstime

US: Walmart unveils new product return service

Walmart unveils new product return serviceWalmart Inc said on Monday it had launched a service through which customers can schedule a return for a product bought online, in-store or from a third-party vendor. The service, called Carrier Pickup by FedEx, can be initiated either on the Walmart app or…

US food service losses reduce total potato sales

Based on an analysis of the potatoes/potato products sold at retail and food service , and accounting for the volume of US exports and imports, there was a 5% decline in the utilization of potatoes grown in the US during marketing year MY2020 (July 2019 – June 2020). Despite the 9% increase in sales…

Potato Weekly - 18 December 2020

'Better level of demand for potatoes than in November'

With a week to go now until Christmas Day, the majority of contributors have reported a better level of demand than in November. Export markets for frying and packing material have been busy ahead of a potential ‘no-deal’ EU exit. There is some regional differences with the variation between tiers.…

Several EU processors closing for Christmas break

Retail demand for potatoes rising in Ireland

In its weekly report, the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) states that retail demand is on the rise in Ireland as we approach the Christmas peak period. The food service sector…

Foodservice losses reduce total potato sales

Based on an analysis of the potatoes and potato products sold at retail and foodservice--and accounting for the volume of U.S. exports and imports--there was a 5 percent…

India: Import relaxation of onions extended to January 31st to counter price hikes

The Indian federal government has decided to extend the relaxation of conditions on import of onions into India. The Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has decided…

Hazel Tech receives USDA funding for potato quality technology

Hazel Technologies Inc. is a USDA-funded technology company that creates new solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and fight food waste, announces new USDA-funding for a packaging technology which protects the quality of potatoes. The technology may also have applications for…

Pakistan: SCA intends to scale up protests against onion & tomato imports

The Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) is a provincial farmer lobby group. It has given a 6-day deadline to the government to ban the import of tomatoes and onions and allow…

Potato production in France increased by 3.4% in 2020

France produced 6,758,800 tons of potatoes in the 2020 campaign, i.e. 3.4% more than the 6,535,900 tons it produced in 2019, according to data published by the French Potato…

Indian government relaxes onion import conditions to counter high market prices

Consignments of imported onions which arrive in Indian ports without fumigation and such endorsement on the PSC, would be fumigated in India by the importer through an…

Research on sweetpotato’s wild relatives reveals options for dealing with drought

Drought has always posed a threat to agriculture, and over the past 50 years, many regions have experienced longer and harsher droughts. This is especially a problem in…

Idaho potatoes saw an average 6% increase in sales nationwide during Thanksgiving week

Idaho saw great weather throughout their potato harvest this year, which started in August and went through October. “The harvest even wrapped up a bit earlier than usual this year due to the great weather, we had ideal conditions,” says Ross Johnson of the Idaho Potato Commission.  Average volumes and high…

Rene Tiggelman, Javala:

"On 31 Dec., Senegal closes its borders to Dutch import onions; but who'll fill that gap then?"

Senegal has been a major Dutch onion destination for many years. It's announced it will close its borders to these products on 31 December. That's to make room for local products. "You know it's coming each year. You just don't know exactly when," says exporter Rene Tiggelman. He's from Van Langevelde…

Preventing sprouting process from starting prematurely

Hazel Tech receives USDA funding for potato quality technology

Hazel Technologies Inc. has received new USDA-funding for a packaging technology which protects the quality of potatoes. The technology may also have applications for some types of onions. The technology, dubbed Hazel Root™, is a packaging insert placed in a bulk box or bin of potatoes or onions during…

Adrie Kleinjan, Kleinjan's Aardappelhandel:

"Worries in the potato trade"

The situation in the potato trade isn't looking great at the moment. "Until last week, the export was very good and many potatoes were sent overseas. Now some, mainly African countries, are closing the borders because they have their own product and that is not yet being absorbed by other countries", says Adrie Kleinjan from…

The NEPG still has many uncertainties with the current potato campaign

The NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) is uncertain about the current situation for potatoes and does not expect any major changes when it comes to market demand in…

Ukraine increases potato imports by 33% in 2020

According to the State Customs Service of Ukraine, the country imported 275,940 tons of potatoes worth $ 57,82 million between January-November 2020, which is 33,23% more than…

Luis Fernando Rubio, director of Procecam: "We hope that the demand will resume with the start of vaccinations"

Sale of large Spanish onions has ground almost to a complete halt

The Spanish onion harvest is around 40% smaller this year due to the impact of heat waves on the yields during the growth and development stage of the bulbs, which has also resulted in an overall reduction of the sizes. Thus, the supply of large onions is very limited, although so is their demand. The outbreak…

NEPG uncertain about pending potato season

NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) is unsure of the current potato situation and does not expect major changes in the demand side of the market in the coming weeks.…

Potato prices crash as new crop starts arriving in North India

Over the last three weeks, potato prices in India have dropped over 40 percent at primary agricultural markets in northern parts of the country, as the new crop has begun…

India: Sindh growers decry tomato and onion imports

Local growers are protesting the federal government's decision to allow imports of tomatoes and onions, as these imports have hurt the agricultural economy of Sindh. Growers…

Dutch onions heading for a new export record

Dutch onions seem to be heading toward new export volumes again this season. That's according to the Holland Onions newsletter. Volumes are well above 30.000 tons for the 11th week in a row. Exports are, therefore, already 11% higher than the previous peak season. At the beginning of October, the magic…

Zerella Fresh reinvest in Wyma Solutions to expand capacity of potato washing and grading line

South Australia’s Zerella Fresh has committed to expand the capacity of their potato washing and grading line. The company has again chosen to reinvest with Wyma Solutions for…

McCain to expand local production network in China

As a global company, McCain Foods operates in 160 countries around the world, with 51 facilities located in local markets to best serve our customers. Building on the…

AHDB Potato Weekly

UK: Potato free-buy demand remains slow this week

In the run up to Christmas, free-buy trade is said to be lacking the festive boost, with demand met mostly on contract so far. For some areas in lower tiers, free-buy demand…

Great Britain potato production increased by 4.1% compared to last season

The GB potato industry accounts for over 117.46Kha of planted area this year, and is represented by 1,611 growers in 2020. Growers have faced difficult seasons of late. Last season, from a supply point of view with the challenging lifting conditions in 2019/20, and now this season from a demand point of…

Nazca acquired a stake in the Valencian company Eurocebollas

The private equity firm Nazca Capital, which focuses on investing in unlisted Spanish SMEs, has supplied funding for the Valencian company Eurocebollas. Eurocebollas hopes…

Luc Deroulers, Eurocelp:

"The Covid-19 crisis is not preventing packers in Europe from investing to prepare for the future"

"The very dry and then very wet conditions during the harvest in Northern Europe (France, United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany) had consequences on the quality of the potatoes," says Luc Deroulers, manager of Eurocelp. The company offers an automated tool to control the quality of…

Chinese potato market weak but stable

In week 49 (November 30-December 5, 2020), the supply of potatoes from each production area was sufficient. Traders had more choices and became pickier in choosing goods.…

Martin de Dreu, De Dreu Onions, the Netherlands

"The first quieter onion export week in a while"

There's been a flurry of onion activity in recent weeks. However, demand has been somewhat tempered this week. That's according to Martin de Dreu of De Dreu Onions in the Netherlands. "It's a bit quieter for the first time. But, we've sent a lot of onions out in recent weeks." "We, too, have been very busy.…

European potato market (week 50)

France: The fresh potato markets are extremely calm

European physical marketsPrice report (source: NEPG): BelgiumFiwap / PCA Markets Report:Industrial potatoes: very little demand for free ones. Although many industrial agents are setting a purchase price, they are not actively seeking volumes. The transactions observed mainly concern surplus tons. The supply…

Carter & Spencer Group and Bundaberg Sugar Ltd form partnership and start Bundaberg Fresh

Australian fresh produce company Carter & Spencer Group, and agricultural giant Bundaberg Sugar Ltd have announced their partnership in the formation of Bundaberg Fresh, a company that will grow, pack, and market sweet potatoes and other fresh produce crops utilising Bundaberg Sugar’s extensive farming…

Potatoes out of stock with farmers

The potato situation in Bhutan might get even worse. There are no potatoes at the source - ie with the farmers. Potato producing areas in west Bhutan like Phobjikha and…

New proposals from Zanarini

Potatoes upgrade both in packaging and offering

"We want to treat high-quality potatoes as if they were cookies, and that's why they are packed in beautiful cardboard boxes that are also appealing to the eye," said Matteo Zanarini, speaking of the new 4kg bags that contain purple, red and yellow potatoes. Red and purple potatoes "The red and purple colors…

Farmers accuse supermarkets of causing food waste due to 'unattainable' quality requirements

Potato farmers have accused supermarkets of causing food waste by increasing quality requirements of potatoes to 'unattainable levels'. Thomas McKeown of Irish Farmers…

New potato variety could be a game-changer for farmers in East Africa

Researchers from the National Agricultural Research Organisation Uganda and the International Potato Center, have developed a new variety of potato which is resistant to late…

Walkers crisps to convert waste potato peel into low-carbon fertiliser for growers

UK crisp firm Walkers has joined forces with a clean-tech firm to create low-carbon fertiliser from its waste potato peelings in a bid to reduce its environmental footprint.…

Survey on the size of Belgian potato stocks

In Belgium, the Bintje accounts for just 6% of the total national potato yield

For the 24th year in a row, Fiwap, Carah, PCA and Inagro have conducted a survey on the stocks of 208 Belgian potato growers. 1. The Bintje drops from the top WalloniaBased on the sowing forecasts for Wallonia for 2020 (43,716 hectares of ware potatoes - SPW figures, PAC declarations), the sampling rate…

Increased holiday volume

Supply and demand for Wisconsin potatoes up

As the holiday season gets closer, demand for Wisconsin potatoes is stronger than last year. “We have a good supply of Wisconsin red and gold potatoes from this year’s crop along with an excellent supply of year-round of russet potatoes,” says Christine Lindner, marketing manager for Friesland, WI-based…

Indian onion prices fall due to more arrivals, farmers call for ban to be lifted

According to agriculture ministry data, onion arrivals in November were 2.28 lakh tonnes in Maharashtra compared with 1.56 lakh tonnes in October. So far, an estimated 52,000…

Focus on improving value for levy payers

AHDB releases five year strategy 'Change Programme'

AHDB has released its 'Change Programme', outlining their strategy for the upcoming five years. As part of AHDB’s Change Programme, They have been addressing the issues of…

François Bellivier, Capexo:

"Sweet potatoes are a very trendy product"

There are currently sweet potatoes from multiple origins available on the French market. "Although we have chosen to market Spanish and Egyptian sweet potatoes, there is also supply from the US, France, Honduras and Portugal," says François Bellivier, Director of Development at Capexo. “As a result,…

European potato market (week 49)

Belgium: Almost no industrial demand on the free market

European physical marketsPrices overview (source: NEPG): BelgiumMarket report Fiwap / PCA:Industrial potatoes: There is virtually no industrial demand on the free market. The factories are working almost exclusively on the basis of contracts. The alternative markets (animal feed, potato slices, starch) remain…

Régis Le Saint, Le Vili:

"We have just launched our bulb vegetable season"

Since 1996, the Le Vili company has been packaging and selling vegetable plants to professionals and garden centers. "We started with shallots, which we supplied to producers located around our region, as well as to garden centers. Then, in 2002, in response to the request of certain distributors, we…

Canadian potato production in 2020 1.3% lower than in 2019

Potato Production in Canada for the year 2020, is estimated at 104,203,000 hundred weight. This is down 1.4 million hundred weight or 1.3% below 2019. Due to market uncertainty from COVID-19, Canada planted 5,000 fewer acres in the spring of 2020. The bigger reduction, however, came from hot dry weather…

UK: Potato packing trade remains relatively stand on for the week

Demand across the board is reported as relatively lacklustre, despite England coming out of lockdown and going into to a tiered system.Contract trade is said to be fulfilling…

Uzbekistan doubles imports of seed potatoes

In 2020, the import of seed potatoes has doubled compared to last year. In total, over the past two years, seedlings and seeds worth $108 million have been imported to…

Sebastian Allgäuer (Rheintaler Feldfrüchte) on their new storage capacity

"Thanks to our new warehouse, we can deliver Vorarlberg field vegetables 12 months a year"

Crispy fresh potatoes, onions and other field vegetables on offer for twelve months of the year, that is the ambitious project of the Vorarlberg company Rheintaler Feldfrüchte. To ensure this, the cooperative, founded in 2017, has now built a brand new warehouse with a total capacity of 750,000 tons. In…

Demand strong for Manitoba potatoes

2020’s crop of potatoes in Manitoba, Canada look similar to last year’s crop. “Supplies of fresh potatoes are about the same as last year which wasn’t a great year. In comparison to the last five years, it’s average but it’s a good quality crop,” says Larry McIntosh of Peak of the Market in Winnipeg,…

Maarten van Damme, Dacomex during Webuinar De Groot en Slot:

"I expect the annual 3-5% growth in onion export to continue over the coming years"

On Tuesday evening, around 150 people from the onion sector turned to the Webuinar of De Groot en Slot. After an explanation of the varieties by Peter Vroegindeweij and an…

Patata di Bologna Dop sales increase by 33%

The lockdown pushed potato sales, so much so that, as president Davide Martelli reported during the press conference to present the new Qualipat project, Consorzio Patata di Bologna Dop registered a 33% increase compared to the previous year.  "Potato sales increased on average by 6.3% and our PDO produce increased…

Chinese potatoes facing slow sales

In China, the main potato growing areas include Inner Mongolia, Northeast China, and Northwest China. The climate in these areas is relatively dry and suitable for potato…

Consumers told to buy onions from abroad

Indian onion prices up again

The price of red onions from India in the country has skyrocketed over the past two to three weeks. Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid has issued a statement that…

Gerry Li, Vision Fresh, The Netherlands:

"Excellent demand for garlic and ginger going toward Christmas"

The 2020 ginger year will be remembered as a special one. "Demand's been sky-high. Things were a little difficult in the summer. But the current market is good. Most of the Brazilian ginger is off the market. We, however, have plenty of ginger from Peru. That's fortunate because demand is rising in the…

Nella's Tendaronis

New: Sweet potato pasta launched

Food innovator, entrepreneur and marketer Onel Williams owns and operates Kingston-based food services company Essential Goods and Services Trading Limited. In September, Williams launched Nella's Tendaronis under his Nella's Foods Ja brand: the first sweet potato pasta available The idea for Nella's Tendaronis came from his…

New MSP Onions processing plant running at full steam

"Sometimes we do a few onions"

"Sometimes we do a few onions", says MSP Onions' Lindert Moerdijk - a clear understatement. This clip shows this Dutch company's new onion processing plant currently running at full speed. Unprecedented grading capacity at MSP Onions! #embracingthefuture Discover https://t.co/ZhrWu6yOlV pic.twitter.com/shGVu0qjrQ — Eqraft (@eqraft)…

Plentiful supplies and good retail demand for North America sweet potatoes

Supplies of sweet potatoes are plentiful right now. “They’re good here—I have more than last year. Last year I didn’t make it 12 months with supplies and currently it looks good to meet that 12-month need for sweet potatoes,” says Matt Garber of Iota, LA-based Garber Farms. He adds that Garber Farms also…

Colombian potato growers question imports

Colombia's potato imports, which in 2020 already amount to some 56,000 tons, are being questioned by Colombian producers, who indicate that the foreign supply is lowering the…

AHDB

AHDB baked potato campaign will be right on target

AHDB's new marketing campaign to promote the benefits of the baked potato will use in-depth consumer analysis to pick the right spud selling point for each segment of the market. It will be launched in February with a budget of £150,000. It follows a £100,000 burst in the summer that promoted potatoes…

Onion and potato prices stable Romantiche

Truckers and transporters search out alternative routes into New Delhi

Transporters are searching out alternative routes into New Delhi to maintain fruit and vegetable supplies as protesting farmers continue to blockade the Tikri and Singhu…


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