Potatoes and Onions

Market and Crop Update for April 25, 2019

Vidalia Onion season kicked off April 22: 'Strong harvest'

MARKET UPDATE Vidalia: The 2019 Vidalia Onion season kicked off April 22, and Troy Bland, chair of the Vidalia Onion Committee, said, “We have had a strong harvest, and…

UK: Sweet potato market gets tighter as US supply dwindles

The European market for sweet potatoes has been strong for a while, and back in January we spoke to Ian Crispin from Pacific Produce, who said that 6kg sweet potatoes were already selling above £7/box on premium sizes. The high price back then was due to a lack of American supply compared to a normal…

Zimbabwean sweet potatoes for China and Japan

Manicaland sweet potato farmers have something to smile about, now that there has been an expression of interest by Asian companies to buy their produce. Manicaland Agritex…

Kenya: Nyandarua potato farmers expect double yields

Potato farmers in Nyandarua County are betting on new va rieties with higher yields to boost their incomes. In an initiative by the Embassy of Ireland and Nyandarua County…

Market Report Austria CW 17/2019:

'Easter boosts potato sales - onion prices continue to rise'

The Easter holidays gave a new impetus to the marketing of potatoes in Lower Austria. Although sales of both old and new potatoes increased, the higher availability made the…

Danish farm sells potatoes for 1,500 kroner per kilo

This season’s first batch of potatoes produced on the Danish island of Samsø has been sold for the hefty sum of 36,000 kroner (€4,800). The Salling Group, which owns several supermarket chains including Føtex, Bilka and Netto, chipped in 36,000 kroner to purchase 24 kilos of the year’s first potatoes…

Big drop in Bolivia's native potato production

Bolivia's internal market demands around 5 million tons of potatoes but the country only produces 1.1 million tons; the remainder is imported or smuggled into the country. In…

India: PepsiCo sues Gujarat farmers over potato IPR violation

PepsiCo alleges infringement of intellectual property rights by Gujarat farmers. A full-blown fight has broken out potato farmers in Gujarat and multinational food giant…

Russia: Onion price increases resume

In the Russian onion market, upward price trends have resumed. According to EastFruit data , the price of onions on the Russian market was declining for three weeks. Only in…

Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

Indian households seek substitutes as vegetable prices soar

Many farmers regret the day they sold their tomatoes at just Rs 0.50 (€0.01) per kg at the time of harvest. Right now, the price is Rs 50 (€0.64) per kg. It is the same for onions and other vegetables. And as prices are rising steeply, consumers are starting to improvise. A house wife in Kurnool said…

VTA

Stock of free onions almost depleted

The end of the onion stock is in sight. This is the cautious conclusion of the Dutch Agricultural Growers Union's (VTA) April stock inventory. The results show that 86% of the harvest was already delivered on 1 April. In a typical season, this is usually at around the 70% mark. Graph 1: Definite stock…

New marketing campaign

Vidalia onions slightly down in USA acreage

Cautiously optimistic. That’s how one grower is looking ahead at the domestic Vidalia onion season. “That’s how we’re feeling as we begin harvesting,” says John Shuman of Shuman Farms in Cobbtown, Ga. “Our quality looks good and our yields are near to slightly below normal at this point on our first…

Tubers from Egypt now even cheaper, industry association criticizes price policy

Organic retailer again increases price pressure for organic potatoes

The largest German organic retailer, Dennree, has again lowered the sales price for new potatoes from the desert state of Egypt, this time by by 13 cents per kilo, thus…

Robert Darscheidt, Hans Darscheidt GmbH:

"Large demand for early consumer potatoes"

The new potato season is currently picking up speed. The remaining stocks of last year's domestic harvest are being depleted, while the supply of new-crop goods from the Mediterranean is increasing. Robert Darscheidt from Cologne, owner of the Hans Darscheidt company, finds his business in a transitional…

Netherlands: Restrain presents chips industry with ethylene as alternative to CIPC

For 13 years, Dirk Garos has been active with Restrain to use ethylene to prevent germination in potatoes. Now that Chlorpropham (CIPC) is about to be banned, the company is dedicated to a large-scale introduction of ethylene to keep chips varieties free from germination throughout the season. On Tuesday…

Zimbabwean Traders at Mbare Musika profiting from sweet potato sales

At the moment, Zimbabwean Traders at Mbare Musika are cashing in on sweet potatoes, which seem to have overtaken bread as a breakfast staple. The increase in bread prices has…

Philip Bird - Integrow

New Zealand onions well received in short EU market

New Zealand export company Integrow Marketing Ltd says it has received an increase in onion orders from European markets this season. "Arrivals have been really good, they…

Louisiana State University

Controlling the shape of sweet potatoes

Of course, sweet potatoes come in all shapes and sizes. But now there is a professor who wants to help growers to control these shapes to match consumer demands. Professor Arthur Villordon from the Louisiana State University AgCenter says research is being done on how growers can manipulate agricultural…

UK: Potato stocks down 13% on five-year average

Following the tough 2018 growing season, the latest estimates from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) show British potato stock levels were down 13 per cent on the five-year average. Levels were however comparable to other tight supply seasons, for example they are only slightly…

Philippines to resume onion export to Indonesia

According to Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol declared, “The Philippines, which for years has relied mainly on imported onions both for household and…

Prices to climb on slim US onion supplies

Onion supplies continue to get tighter across North America. “There are not a whole lot of onions out there,” says Jessica Peri of Peri & Sons Farms in Yerington, Nev. “The Northwest—Washington, Idaho and Oregon--are starting to see supplies in the hands of fewer shippers. I know quite a few shippers…

Kees van den Bosch, Freeland:

Netherlands: “Onion prices increased by 15 cent in two weeks, leek prices doubled”

On the outdoor vegetable market, prices are currently rising rapidly. “Everything that was predicted for the entire season is now happening. In two weeks, onion prices increased by 15 cent, to a level of 65 cent. White and red cabbage are both at levels around 80 cent. Leek prices have also shot up to 80…

Lower volumes expected as Vidalia onion season kicks off

Vidalia onion producers are busy packing right now on the first day of the state-mandated Vidalia onion season. Estimates predict that volume will be down this year, which for the most part has been attributed to reduced acreage. Growers say another factor was rain during the planting season which…

Eastern Europe: Potato prices soaring

Prices of some vegetables, especially potatoes, in the Czech Republic have been increasing dramatically due to a significant drop in production, a new report from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has revealed. According to the information, consumers are paying over 67% more…

Providing goods for demanding processing industry

Belgium: Flemish potato acreage increases again this season

According to information released by the Flemish Center for Agriculture and Horticulture (VILT), in the coming season the Flemish potato acreage will increase by around eight…

Relief for Kenyan potato farmers as processing plant opens in Kinangop

The exploitation of farmers by brokers will soon end, following the opening of the multimillion Engineer Foods Processing plant in Kinangop, in Kenya’s Nyandarua County. The plant in Engineer town can process one tonne of potatoes per hour and will fix the problem of post-harvest losses and value…

Due to flooded market and low prices:

Western Australian potato crops left to rot

Pemberton potato grower Brett De Campo has ploughed in 120 tons of perfectly good potatoes this month and has given another 30 tons to a Busselton dairy farmer for cattle feed. He expects to walk away from another 120 tons before his harvest ends in mid-May, because of a glut in the market that has…

US Pacific Northwest: Will a slow start for potato farmers lead to supply problems?

Spring is just starting in much of eastern Oregon and Washington. A winter of record snowfall left the ground frozen or flooded much later than normal. As a result, farmers…

Potato price hikes create opportunities for New Zealand in Malaysia

Sales of European and United States fries to the Malaysian market dropped at the beginning of 2019 as prices rose on average by nearly 10%. Shortages of supplies for European processors saw the involvement of the Dutch, Belgian, German and Danish suppliers drop back. Over the course of the year they have…

Nigeria: Yobe agro company devises onion preservation technique

Fanzar farms is a Damaturu-based agro company in Northeastern Nigeria, claiming it has devised a method for preservation of onions using only local technology. Alhaji Bornoma…

Canada: McCain celebrates 40 years in Portage la Prairie

Last week, McCain Foods achieved a major milestone in Portage la Prairie, and many dignitaries were on hand to be a part of the celebration. Mayor Irvine Ferris was one of them. He said: “[McCain Foods] has been an important part of our community for the last 40 years. First of all, in terms of our…

California potato season to see fewer reds

The start of the California potato season is expected to be delayed this year due to cooler than normal conditions during the growing season, according to producers. White potatoes will be the first to be harvested, shortly followed by yellows and reds, respectively. "Although the date is not locked in…

Michigan State University research:

MSU professor develops new potato varieties for countries far and wide

David Douches, is a professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and director of the MSU Potato Breeding and Genetics Program. He has been at the…

Southwestern Oregon

New variety of zebra chip disease threatens US potato production

Zebra chip disease, named after the dark stripes that form inside potatoes after they are cut and fried, is a potentially devastating affliction that can result in yield…

National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India

India: Federation starts procurement of onions from Lasalgaon

The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (Nafed) is to procure some 50,000 tons of onions, which includes 45,000 tons from Maharashtra and 5,000 tons from Gujarat. This is expected to be Nafed's largest procurement from Maharashtra, so far. Some 25 tons of onions were procured…

Onion supplier to introduce new marketing campaign at Viva Fresh

J&D Produce is announcing a new consumer marketing campaign during the 2019 Viva Fresh Expo featuring nutrition coach and dietitian blogger, Stacey Mattinson whose whole…

New season planting on schedule

Onion prices up 96% on last year

Stores of UK onions are almost finished, there is about three-to-four weeks supply left. In anticipation of a short season importers have already brought onions in from overseas. “Supply is tight on both browns and reds,” according to Tim Elcombe from British Growers. “There are onions on the shelves from Southern Hemisphere…

HortIMPACT project & Agrimech Africa Ltd.

Showcasing the potential of a mechanised potato value chain in Kenya

More than 30% of potatoes in Kenya are grown in Nyandarua county. Farmers in the county are struggling to increase their productivity due to a lack of labour. Mechanising the cultivation of potatoes could be a potential solution to this problem. SNV and Agrimech, an agriculture mechanisation company, in…

Uttar Pradesh Report:

Indian potato cultivators mistrustful of last-minute doles & quick fixes by government

If the mood of farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Agra is anything to go by, potato farmer protests could cost the BJP dearly in recent by-elections. Fuming potato farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Agra-Hathras belt is making the BJP party nervous ahead of the second phase of the elections. Tuber cultivators dominate…

GB end-of-March potato stocks estimated at 0.98Mt

GB grower-held potato stocks at the end of March 2019 are estimated at 0.98Mt, a fall of 26% (353Kt) on last year and 13% (148kt) below the five season average (2013-2018). Despite a smaller crop this season, stocks remain higher than at the same point in 2012/13 (+162Kt) and are only marginally below…

Market prices, year-on-year

Nigeria: Average tomato and onion prices dropped in March 2019

Selected food price watch data for March 2019 reflected that the average price of 1kg of tomatoes decreased year-on-year by 10.03% and month-on-month by 6.32%, ending up at N240.29 (€0.60) in March 2019 from N256.50 (€0.64) in February 2018. Similarly, the average price of 1 kg of yam tuber decreased…

Market Report Austria KW 16/2019:

'Austrian onion prices at record level'

In the next few weeks, the very last old potatoes from Lower Austria will be sold over the counter. For hard-boiled potatoes, the season should end during the Easter weekend.…

India: Will low potato prices hurt Modi’s BJP in Uttar Pradesh?

In January of this year, a potato farmer from Agra district made news for sending a money order of Rs 490 (€6.25) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was his net income after selling 19,000 kilograms of potatoes. The money order, according to the farmer, was supposed to serve as a reminder to the prime…

Republic of Georgia: Increased production of crops, vegetables & fruits in 2018

In 2018, the production of crops, vegetables and fruits increased in 2018 in Georgia, show the preliminary data of 2018 published by Georgia’s National Statistics Office Geostat. In this last year, Georgia produced 218,100 tons potato (+21.1%) In that same year, production of top fruit amounted to 86,200…

Potato market Ireland – Update 17th April

Due to the cooler weather of the past week, higher potato consumption levels were maintained. Irish glasshouse potatoes have made their appearance on the market for the first…

USDA GAIN Report

"Czech vegetable prices hitting the roof"

The prices of some vegetables, especially potatoes, in the Czech Republic are increasing dramatically due to a significant drop in production. Consumers are paying almost 25% more for vegetables (including lettuce, peas, cucumbers etc.) and over 67% more for potatoes. At this point, some imported…

European potato market (week 16)

Netherlands: Low and expensive offer of early Mediterraneans

Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial varieties: still few transactions on markets that are looking for a new balance. Fontane: 25.00 to 27.00 €/q, stable. Little industrial demand, low offer (mainly because of work in the fields); Challenger: mainly 25.00 to 27.00 €/q, stable; Bintje: “friable…

Azerbaijan: Dropping onion, potato & cabbage prices

The application of seasonal duty on the export of potatoes, onions and cabbage -for regulating the domestic market and stabilizing prices-, coupled with abolition of a…

Pakistan: Ready to export cheap onions to Iran

Officials of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) have announced that the country is ready to export onions to Iran for about $0.35 per kilogram.…

Harvesting of new potatoes to start soon in Puglia.

"Year after year, we have tried to improve our cultivation techniques to obtain a unique product that can meet the market demand for greater quality standards," reports Francesco Attolico, owner of a business between Bari and Bitonto in Puglia. "The company covers over 40 hectares and its core business…

Mexico has shipped 215,000 tons of potatoes

Almost 90% of the potato harvest is already in and, according to estimates, the remaining production will be harvested in what remains of this month. Gildardo Gonzalez…

Higher consumer demand

Potato cultivation is gaining ground again in Spain

Since Spain joined the EU, its potato acreage has dropped from 200,000 hectares down to 65,000 hectares, although it seems that the decline may be coming to an end due to…

Bolivia hopes to cut dependence on imports of Peruvian potatoes

The Ministry of Rural Development, through the National Institute for Agricultural and Forestry Innovation (INIAF), supports producers from the Jocopampa community, in…

Organic California potatoes commencing shipping

This week Cal-Organic Farms will start shipping freshly-harvested, new crop red and gold potatoes to customers in the United States and Canada. The company’s organic russet and rainbow fingerling varieties are set to follow in early June. A division of Grimmway Farms, Cal-Organic said it is among the…

Uttar Pradesh - India

Fatehpur Sikri: Low potato prices pose challenge for BJP

While falling sugarcane prices posed a big issue for BJP in the sugarcane belt of western Uttar Pradesh during the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls, for the next phase, the party has to contend with another difficult issue - the low prices of potatoes. Farmers have faced severe losses of potato crop in…

Japan further reduces tariffs on Canadian potatoes

On April 1, Japan initiated a further round of tariff reductions for members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The CPTPP, otherwise…

Ukraine: Lack of onions provokes another price hike

A noticeable increase in demand for onions finally enables Ukrainian farmers to raise their prices for these products. From the beginning of this week, in the Ukrainian market…

Sweet Vidalia onions coming soon

The Vidalia Onion season will soon be underway. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Vidalia Onion Committee announced today that the pack date for the 2019 Vidalia Onion® season is 8 a.m.…

Philippines: Onion farmers in Nueva Ecija suffer from ‘bad timing’

A Philippines’ Department of Agriculture official has stated that -among other things- bad timing was behind the poor harvest and low profits of Nueva Ecija’s onion farmers.…

European potato market (week 15)

France: Export market has firm prices but less dynamic volumes

Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial varieties: most manufacturers are absent on the free market and run on their contracts and previously purchased volumes. The offer is more pressing than last week, especially for the Bintje. We observe some export to Eastern countries, Spain, and northern…

“Potato cultivation is vital for Walloon agriculture and the Belgian food industry”

The press recently relayed the concerns of residents about the construction of a potato processing plant in Frameries by the company Clarebout, as well as the considerations…

US onion supply coming up short this spring

Weather related issues and dwindling global supplies will make the next few months problematic for the US with regard to its onion stocks. Normally, American growers have…

Kees Schouten, Altena Potatoes: "With these first arrivals, it is a matter of dividing up"

Maltese potato season starts with limited volumes

The first two truckloads of new Maltese potatoes arrived at Altena Potatoes in Veen, the Netherlands, earlier this week. "Demand is good. Actually, with the first Maltas, it is always a matter of dividing them up. We currently have more demand for Maltas than we have supply," says Kees Schouten. "The…

Some Belgian farmers illegally growing their potatoes in France

In Belgium, farmers are running out of space to grow potatoes, so they have been going to France and sub-renting plots of agricultural land. In the Hauts-de-France region, 80%…

Pan United secures supply of sweet potatoes in a short season

This year the industry faces a shortage of sweet potatoes, Nilay Kamdar from Pan United explains that due to losses in previous years on the product line, growers in North Carolina are left with reduced acreage. "Additionally, the stressed conditions in June and July saw an overall reduction in yield per…

Company says purple sweet potato set to be a feature for Passover

This year the Passover holiday will be celebrated from April 19 to sundown on April 27. The highlight of Passover is the Seder, observed on the first two nights of the…

Branston

Falling results for major UK potato supplier

Turnover and profits have dropped at one of the UK's largest potato businesses. Lincolnshire-headquartered Branston, which supplies own-label products to supermarkets such as…

Eastern Cape Development Corporation

South Africa: ECDC invests in OR Tambo potato cooperatives

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) administered Imvaba Co-operative Fund says it has allocated a R3.357 million (€212.000) incentive to seven co-operatives to boost potato production in the OR Tambo District Municipality. The incentive has been spread over a three-year period and it is being…

Phytophthora in potatoes has become more aggressive

Phytophthora clone EU-13 was already known for being aggressive and difficult to combat. In recent years, two new clones have been on the rise in the northwest of Europe:…

Gerard Hoekman, Mulder Onions:

"Most German retailers switching to New Zealand onions next week"

The New Zealand onion season has been in production for a few weeks now. According to Gerard Hoekman of Mulder Onions this trade will really get going next week when most German supermarkets switch to imported onion. "This is considerably earlier than in previous years." Gerard in the middle of the…

Market Report Austria KW 15/2019:

'Season end for potatoes nears, onion prices continue to rise'

Without any significant changes, the potato market of 2018/19 is sliding towards the end of the season. From marketers, the dwindling quantities are being continuously sold to…

Western Australian potato industry joins global campaign to raise potato profile

Amid falling demand and prices, the Western Australian potato industry has joined a global campaign to ‘reinvent’ the spud. Industry leaders say some of the more obscure ways…

India: Nashik onion growers start getting government subsidy

Modal prices of summer onions had dipped below Rs 170 (€2.18) per 100 kgs due to the glut in the market. As many as 70,785 onion growers in Nashik district of Maharashtra have…

UNPT and Meteo Protect

France: Partnership strengthened to ensure the income of potato producers

The multiplication, in frequency and intensity, of exceptional weather events and the high volatility of potato prices on the free market have been, for several years, a…

Nigeria sick and tired of waste and losses

Yobe onion farmers demand research on storage facilities

Nigerian onion farmers and marketers in Yobe have challenged universities and agriculture research institutes in the country to develop reliable onion storage facilities to check the waste and loss suffered by farmers. The farmers say the problem of lack of storage facilities was a serious impediment to…

John Keeling to retire in June

Kam Quarles steps up as CEO of National Potato Council

The National Potato Council (NPC) has promoted Kam Quarles to chief executive officer. Current CEO John Keeling will be retiring in June, after 17 years with the NPC. Mike Wenkel, the executive director of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, has been hired to fill the newly created role of chief…

Thomas Foods International Fresh Produce

South Australia: High-tech hub fast-tracks premium potato processing

Thomas Foods International Fresh Produce from Virginia, South Australia, has installed a world-first Spectrim potato grading line as part of enhancements to its Penfield…

Situation on the onion market bad for packers

"The situation on the Belgian onion market is comparable to that in the Netherlands. There is still little supply available and the prices are very high. In Zeeuwse-Vlaanderen…

Weather delays potato planting in Northwest US

Some eastern Idaho farmers foresee a slight delay in planting as they wait for snow to melt and their fields to dry. According to John Hinsberger, a meteorologist at the…

“Tight market and high prices for the French potato”

“The situation on the potato market is very tight. Stocks are low, and we are starting to take from the reserves,” explains Francisco Moya, director of the company Négonor, which is a member of the Vitalis network. Despite the arrival of early potatoes of various origins, French potatoes remain the major…

Peeling facility Elsterhof processes potatoes from its own fields

Combination of mechanical processing and manual work

For more than two decades, there has been a potato peeling business on the Elsterhof in Dorn-Assenheim. It actually originated from an acute emergency: In 1994 Karl-Heinz Fleischhauer had a potato harvest that was above average for the time. He could however not place all his potatoes. A potato trader…

Still plenty of problems for Indian potato farmers

Output surges and a lack of cold storage facilities

India’s potato farmers are facing a pricing crisis, and a number of factors are contributing to it. Potatoes see record production year after year but the export market is bleak, due to unsuitable domestic varieties and an underdeveloped food processing value chain. Farmers willing to store more of their…

Michel Binst, Primimport:

“Limited supply and relatively high prices for new potatoes”

“Because of the weather conditions in Cyprus, supply of new potatoes is limited. Prices are much higher than in previous years as well. This is because prices on the potato market have been high all winter due to the dry weather and low yields,” says Michel Binst of Primimport. Demand for the early…

Potato prices plunging

Indian farmers woes continue in North Bengal

With prices of potatoes plunging by 50 per cent, potato farmers in northern regions of West Bengal are faced with an acute crisis since the beginning of this year. Last year,…

Extreme price hikes

Turkey: Onion shortages return

Onion prices on the Turkish market hiked up to nearly 10 Turkish liras per kg as the country faces an onion shortage. Before the March 31 local election, Turkish authorities started selling cheap fruits and vegetables in the city squares. When the election was over, the government carried food stalls into supermarkets. The…

Donegal Investment Group

Irish firm invests in Indian seed potato start-up

Shares in Donegal Investment Group (DIG) went up over 4% yesterday, following the news it has invested in an Indian seed potato start-up. DIG has operations across Ireland,…

Minister: Onion imports to be exempted from duties in Azerbaijan

The import of onions will be exempted from duties in Azerbaijan, and duties will be imposed on the export of cabbages, onions and potatoes, Azerbaijani Minister of Economy…

Nigeria: Bumper harvest and imports further lowers onion prices

Onion prices in Nigeria hit a plateau in October to December 2018, but have started dropping gradually from January 2019 onwards. With increased supply from Niger as well as…

Chinese potato market in better condition than last year

The new supply of Chinese potatoes will enter the market in April. Based on the experience of previous years, the price of potatoes in storage is expected to drop when new…

Potato acreage expected to increase in France

The National Union of Potato Growers of France (UNPT) believes that the potato acreage will grow this year, despite the difficulties in finding seed potatoes. The UNPT advises…

Iran: Police apprehends onion smugglers

Acting Police Chief of Hormozgan province, Colonel Abbasali Bekhdanifard has reported that two trucks with 20 tons of smuggled onions were seized in Minab county of ​​Iran's…

Philippines: P300 million loan for Occidental Mindoro onion farmers

The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will set aside a P300-million (€5 mln) loan facility for onion farmers' cooperatives in Occidental Mindoro. Agriculture…

‘100-kg bag sells for N10,000 now’

Nigeria: Onion prices crash in Katsina state

The price of onions has crashed in Nigeria’s Katsina state. A 100-kg bag of onions which used to go for N30,000 (€74) now goes for N10,000 (€24) - The development was tied to…

NEPG

Potato acreage growing in line with demand

The North-Western European Potato Growers Association (NEPG) estimate that the acreage of consumption potatoes will increase slightly in the coming season. It should grow by…

Market Report Austria KW 14/2019:

'Imported goods supplement domestic potato supply - declining availability of onions'

The 2018/19 marketing season for table potatoes is slowly coming to an end. Although retailers are still offered smaller quantities of goods, the majority yet available comes…

European Potato Market (week 14)

France: near-zero demand for immediate delivery for industry

Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial varieties: very few transactions on a market considered calm. In Fontane and Challenger, most manufacturers are waiting and are not buying for immediate delivery. There is some demand for delayed delivery (May). The offer is not pressing but sufficient. In…

Ukraine: Nine-fold increase for sweet potato harvest in 2018

The 2018 yield of sweet potatoes in Ukraine increased to 190 tons, which is more than 9 times the yield of 2017 (about 20 tons). This was reported by the Ukrainian Fruit and…

North Carolina sweet potato supplies holding up well

North Carolina's sweet potato supplies seem to be holding up well. Two hurricanes hit North Carolina during the sweet potato harvest last year, which left a big mark on growers. As North America enters spring, suppliers expect volume to remain robust up until late summer, so there will not likely be any…

Weuthen market info from 29.03.2019

Potato prices stable and at high levels

Supply and demand were in the balance last week, as can be seen in the Weuthen market information from 29.03.2019. The prices are stable, but at high levels. The domestic…

AHDB & SASA:

'Egyptian mission offers reassurance on future trade'

AHDB’s Rob Burns and John Ellicott from SASA recently returned from a mission to Egypt where they met with the Head of CAPQ, Dr Ahmed, to discuss the past season, the coming…

Kazakhstan became Poland’s second largest onion supplier

In 2018, Poland not only significantly increased the volume of onion purchases in foreign markets, there were also significant changes in the origin of those imports, as…

High winds damage onion crops in Northern Italy

The first checks indicated that there has been a great deal of damage, but now we can be sure of that. The windstorm that hit the provinces of Bologna, Ravenna and Forlì-Cesena on the night of the 25th of March 2019 damaged the onion seedlings that had germinated a few days before. Photos taken on…

Stocks have run out

Spanish potato campaign comes to a close with price rise of 433%

Agria potato prices have risen by 20 Euro, reaching 390 Euro per ton, while the Hermes now stands at 310 Euro. The prices of other varieties oscillated between the 320 Euro of…

"Export price of Chinese onions is unstable"

"The Chinese onion market is in between production seasons, which creates great price fluctuations in the export market and the overall market conditions are unstable." This is according to Wang Junjie of Henan Junzhian Food Co., Ltd. Onions "Yunnan onions only recently entered the market around March…

France: Red label for potatoes from the island of Noirmoutier

Since November, the potatoes of the agricultural cooperative of Noirmoutier have been authorised to display a red label on their packaging, which denotes a recognition of…

Hopeful to commence operations this year

Zambia: German company to locally produce French fries

German Agri business Frank Nordman has stated that a company that will locally produce French fries or potato chips is expected to commence operations this year. Production is…

New office, packing plant and distribution center

Ontario potato grower-marketer expands into the US

EarthFresh Farms is excited to announce their expansion into the Southeastern USA with an advanced technological packing plant and distribution center in Atlanta, GA. The new 140,000 sq. ft. packing plant and distribution center will operate as EarthFresh Atlanta, using the newest available technologies…

Louisiana sweet potatoes still slim on supplies

Supplies of sweet potatoes out of Louisiana continue to be tight. “They’re tight because of the rains we had last fall,” notes Matt Garber of Iota, La.-based Garber Farms, whose farms are located between Bayou Nezpique and Bayou Des Cannes in South Louisiana’s Cajun country. The rains Garber refers to…

Martijn van Damme, Dacomex:

“Difficult trade on dull and expensive Dutch onion market”

The onion market is currently characterised as a dull and expensive market. “Demand is incredibly limited, and prices of growers are at such a level that it’s not worth bothering with. A number of packers aren’t working either, because no profit can be made,” says Martijn van Damme of Dacomex in…

Robin van Stelten, OTC Organics:

"Most buyers slowly switching to Egyptian organic onions"

The onion import season is currently in full swing at the Dutch company, OTC Organics. "We are busy with the last of the Dutch organic onions. Now we are switching to those from Egypt," says this company's Purchasing Manager, Robin van Stelten. He has just returned from a visit to their Egyptian…

Spain: There are no potatoes left in the fields of Leon

The Spanish province of Leon has no potatoes left. The wholesale market in Leon (Lonja de León) said that prices are no longer published, as growers no longer have stock…

Expanding the acreage shouldn't be done to the detriment of the quality

Northern Spanish onions with ideal firmness, shelf life and size

After the dry and hot summer in northern Europe, the onion harvest has been too small. In Spain, however, there has been an increase in both volumes and sizes. This increase has motivated a quick movement of onions in Spanish packing facilities which, like the rest of Europe, have needed to import onions…

exceeded 5 million tonnes of processed potatoes.

Belgian potato-processing sector experienced record growth in 2018

Belgapom, the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry, announced that in 2018 the 5 million tonne mark was passed with regard to processed potatoes. This is absolutely a new record and what makes it even more remarkable, is that it is the sharpest annual increase since the…

Iran bans exports of potatoes & onions

Starting April 4th, potato and onion exports will be banned in Iran. The aim is to start regulating the local market, said Deputy Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade of Iran, Abbas Ghobadi. He noted that in the past weeks, exports, especially onion exports to Iraq, have turned to be a reason of…

Philippines: Competition Commission to probe onion cartel

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is about to start probing alleged cartels in the onion industry as prices of the crop have declined significantly. Prices of onion…

Czech Republic: Veg prices skyrocket due to last year’s poor harvest

The price of vegetables within Czech retail has seen a steep growth. Potatoes are now more expensive than exotic fruits. And, since last year’s poor harvest was a pan-European…

US: Planting underway at Treasure Valley Kitamura Farms

Like many of its Treasure Valley onion-growing neighbors, Kitamura Farms in Ontario -Oregon- has begun planting its 2019-20 crop. But, again like their neighbors, owners and brothers Larry and Rick Kitamura are experiencing a bit of a rain delay this week. Problems are to be expected in farming, as these…

Europe's onion shortage presents opportunities for Argentina

Onion production in Europe has producers on the verge of tears, and producers from Argentina smiling. According to agronomist Daniel Iurman, of the Experimental Agricultural…

Marco Stahl, Tsiourvas GmbH & Co: "Sluggish start of the peak season"

Shortage of ready-to-eat potatoes from Cyprus

The season for imported new potatoes has started recently. Apart from Egypt and Morocco, Cyprus has been playing a significant role for German retail for many years. For specialist Marco Stahl of the Stuttgart wholesale company TSIOURVAS GmbH & Co, spring is traditionally the peak season. However,…

Northwest US: Late snows could put French fry production in danger

Ed Schneider has grown potatoes for French fries near Pasco, Washington, for 40 years. But this year America’s fries are on the line. “I mean this is unheard of,” he says. “We usually plant the last couple days of February, and for sure going by March 1. There’s been some other years when we’re delayed…

Onion prices bring tears to the eyes of Indian farmers

Fluctuating market dynamics and bumper produce have reportedly resulted in a Rs 42 billion (€540 mln) drop in earnings of onion farmers as compared to last year, India’s…

Wim Tuinstra:

"Overseas potato exports lagging behind, French fry industry eager to buy this season"

The Dutch potato trade is not very busy at the moment. "Every week I ask myself what is going to happen. In the end, we do move some product. But it is much less than in previous years," says Wim Tuinstra. He is from the potato wholesaler of the same name in the Dutch town of Herkingen. "Exports to…

For the time being, Austrian wholesale still relies on domestic stocks

"New Zealand onions available in 4 to 6 weeks at the earliest"

The existing Austrian onion stocks are being sold evenly. Onions are sold domestically as well as abroad. However, the quantities available for the domestic market are…

Market Report Austria KW 13/2019:

'Organic potatoes available until Easter, carrot market unchanged'

The marketing situation for Austrian potatoes is showing no changes. The traders are still receiving potatoes in small quantities. Stocks are nevertheless disappearing very…

Side Delights® drives consumers into stores for products they don’t purchase online

Side Delights® offer consumers ease in packaging, preparation, and meal planning giving them back some of the time they need and driving them into stores. Consumers are…

Low potato price worries Bangladesh potato growers

Potato farmers in the district of Lalmonirhat Sadar district are worried as they cannot recover the production cost due to low price of the vegetable. Many growers expressed…

Egypt’s potato exports rising to 1 million tons

Egypt’s Central Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture issued a report last Wednesday revealing that Egypt's exports of agricultural products, especially potatoes and…

Ukraine: Sweet potato production increasing rapidly

Sweet potatoes are becoming increasingly popular among Ukrainian farmers, according to analysts of the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPOA). According to data…


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