• Robert Voskamp (Vitaal Europe) about multi-faceted sweet potato market:

    "Bar small sizes, shrivelled sweet potato market"

    The current sweet potato market is multi-faceted. That's according to Robert Voskamp of Vitaal Europe in the Netherlands.? "We're one of the few that still have Egyptian arrivals. Most have been off the market for a while. At this time of year, the American supply declines somewhat. That's because the quality's…

    European potato market (week 19)

    Netherlands: sustained higher quotations

    European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Potatoes for processing: sustained markets thanks to the demand for processing (several active buyers), and export (to Southern Europe, England, Eastern Europe (including Ukraine)), and due to the weather not being…

    'Threefold fall in Estonian potato cultivation in past decade'

    Potato growing in Estonia has seen a three-fold decline in the past decade, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported Tuesday.?Farmers are blaming the unprofitability of…

    AHDB - UK domestic potato market update – May 2021

    Demand across the UK sectors last month continued to be mixed. April saw a small pickup in bags demand, though packing and processing demand remained steady and relatively…

    "The early crop of Acoustic is now being harvested in Adana"

    Today’s world asks for robust and sustainable potato varieties.?Therefore, Meijer Potato introduces a new robust generation of varieties. In particular, the demand is rising for the promising table variety Acoustic:? It is adaptive to climate & soil, producing a high marketable yield. Being late blight resistant, it’s…

    Onion market and crop Uudate for May 13, 2021

    Truck shortage in some areas, but market is positive

    MARKETWashington/California/North Carolina:Matt Murphy with L&M Cos. in Raleigh, NC, told us on May 12 that things are picking up in the Imperial Valley. “Looks like South…

    Food tech startup produces shelf-stable foods that don’t need freezing or refrigeration

    Farther Farms, a food tech startup with Cornell roots. Its innovative sterilization technology produces shelf-stable foods that don’t need freezing or refrigeration. Their…

    Global onion trade moves online

    The 2000’s kicked off the cloud computing revolution in technology companies by introducing a pay-as-you-go model for web services, which significantly lowered the entry barrier and increased the scalability for new technology companies – and so the “startup” era began. Soon after, a flood of e-commerce platforms and…

    70% of Andalusian production is destined for export

    The new potato from Andalusia reaches the markets superseding the conservation potato

    Producers from Andalusia started to harvest the new early potato at the end of April, mainly in the province of Seville, but also in farms in Cordoba, Cadiz, and Huelva. These…

    Freight rates becoming a concern

    Another season of strong demand anticipated for Vidalias

    Following the April 19 start to the Vidalia onion season, supplies are currently abundant. “We’re in our fresh season as harvest continues and we have all sizes available,” says Cliff Riner, crop Research and development manager for G&R Farms based in Glennville, GA. “We are also storing Jumbos and some…

    US potato exports face many challenges

    U.S. potato exports have faced a great deal of adversity in the current marketing year (July 2020 – June 2021).? Demand for frozen potato products declined precipitously in the spring of 2020, and this lower level of demand carried over through the first quarter of the marketing year (July – September 2020).…

    Maine potato growers focus on drought resistant varieties

    The Maine Potato Board has stated that the drought conditions from last year resulted in a potato crop yield that was down 20 percent state-wide. Mike Hart, director of sales…

    South African potato consumption doubles in 10 years

    At the inaugural State of the Potato address, new Potatoes SA CEO Willie Jacobs told delegates that South Africans have eaten twice as many potatoes over the past decade. "Despite the rising input costs, unstable weather conditions resulting from climate change, and the overall uncertainty brought about…

    McCain Foods Ltd

    Much-awaited ‘McCain Smiles’ back in Australia

    Known by many and loved by all – McCain Foods ‘Smiles’ are back in Australia – this time in mini form. Take your tastebuds back in time with all the nostalgia feels of an Aussie family favorite, twelve years since production ceased. Gone but not forgotten, consumers across the country have inundated…

    Potato supplier R.S. Cockerill still growing, together with Aldi

    Yorkshire potato farm R.S. Cockerill is celebrating 30 years of a successful partnership with Aldi. The Dunnington-based farm started supplying potatoes to the supermarket…

    United Potato Growers of Canada

    Canadian potato storage holdings May 1 2021

    Total Canadian potato storage holdings 12.5% below 3-year average on May 1st

    Total Canadian Potato Storage Holdings on May 1, 2021 are 12.5% below the 3-year average, or almost 4,000,000 hundred weight less. Eastern Image: United Potato Growers of Canada? Canada leads the decline with 14.6% less potatoes in storage than 3-yr. averages. Stocks on hand are above 3-yr. averages in the…

    Egyptian red onion season underway, yellow onion season was problematic

    The Egyptian onion season hasn’t gone to plan so far. The yellow varieties did not do well on the market, with one exporter claiming they’ve only exported 20% of the stocks and will have to resort to the local market. The season for red onions has started as well, and due to a successful season with high…

    Major supplier Hermann-Josef Jansen about the current onion market

    "Massive drop in peeled product, sales of unpeeled onions at normal level"

    At the beginning of the Corona crisis in March 2020, onions - like potatoes and carrots - were among the hotly sought-after hamster items on the shelf. In the meantime, the market has returned to normal and sales of raw onions are at about the usual level. Due to the lack of demand in the catering and…

    AHDB’s jacket spud campaign a social success

    Brits have shown their love for the humble spud, with our latest jacket potato campaign receiving over 55.3 million social impressions during the six-week period. The New…

    AHDB

    Potato Weekly - 07 May 2021

    Cold and wet weather means Bank Holiday weekend did not see much demand

    Mixed responses for demand this week, with some reporting good free-buy movement. However, others reported that demand has run out of steam a little since the opening of hospitality in April. The widespread cold and wet weather in the UK meant the Bank Holiday weekend did not energise much demand throughout…

    Linwood Crops

    Linwood’s Chef’s Taste:

    ‘Setting out to change how consumers buy fresh potatoes’

    A Cambridgeshire potato business has stated that it is setting out to change how consumers buy fresh potatoes. Chef’s Taste is an established fresh potato range used by chefs in the UK’s premium restaurants. Devised by Linwood Crops, Chef’s Taste presents the perfect potato for each culinary purpose:…

    Gallatin Valley

    Montana farmers weather COVID and potato viruses

    In the US, COVID travel restrictions and lockdowns meant that people ate fewer French fries in 2020. This caused potato farms to reduce the amount of potatoes planted for…

    United Potato Growers of Canada

    'Demand for French fries, potato chips and table potatoes back to normal'

    Potato acreage in Canada will not be officially reported until early July, so it is often helpful to take an early look at industry projections across the country. The…

    Scotland develops a taste for chips from Northern Ireland

    During the pandemic, the has been a distinct growth in home cooking, in turn resulting in more families in Northern Ireland picking up packs of local potatoes for meals. Angus…

    Dutch Wiscomex's been exporting onions, potatoes, garlic for more than a year

    "With a super-efficient IT set-up, you can do a lot of solo trading"

    There aren't many new businesses in the Dutch onion trade. But, Rinus Wisse has been running Wiscomex as an export office for more than a year now. Its slogan is 'Connecting Commodities'. "I concentrate primarily on trading onions, potatoes, and garlic, in that order. And with a focus on overseas…

    Leon Kranenburg:

    "Tough potato exports, new Dutch season hinges on COVID-19"

    Potato exports are currently struggling. That's according to Leon Kranenburg of the Dutch potato trading and sorting company of the same name. "We were busy last year. But…

    Auragricola

    Italian bunching onions still available on the European markets

    "The bunching onion winter campaign has been positive - we are pleased with the quantities handled and the considerable presence on the European markets. In previous years, exports usually ended in mid-March but, this year, we are still supplying the German and French markets with small quantities, as their domestic…

    Onion farmers in Panama block the Pan-American Highway to demand the government buys their products

    On Wednesday, May 5, onion producers from Nata, in the province of Cocle, blocked the Pan-American highway for approximately three hours to demand that the country's…

    Channel trouble: Jersey blockade threatens potato shortage

    Farmers on Jersey island warn that a protest by French fisherman could delay shipments to the UK. The blockade at Jersey’s port St Helier might disrupt exports of Jersey Royal…

    Potatoes South Africa calls for increased partnerships between commercial, small-scale producers

    The South African potato industry is appealing to stakeholders to form more partnerships to drive growth and transformation. Potatoes South Africa (PSA) CEO Willie Jacobs has…

    McDonald's in New Zealand sources its onions locally

    McDonald's restaurants throughout New Zealand and Australia, source their onions locally, in the mighty Waikato and Franklin district to be exact. Ever since Aotearoa's very…

    New onions, cabbages and cherries are Uzbekistan’s most exported produce

    Uzbekistan exporters have been actively increasing the supply and range of fruits and vegetables of the new harvest in the past two weeks. At this time, Uzbekistan already…

    Ulster Farmers’ Union welcomes support package for potato growers

    The Ulster Farmers’ Union will finally receive some much needed support for its members who were impacted following the collapse of the Northern Ireland (NI) processing potato…

    Francesco Romano (RO.GR.AN) commented on the situation

    The climate facilitates the export of new potatoes from southern Italy

    These are difficult weeks for growers in the southern Italian region of Apulia. This has everything to do with the frost in April. Yet it has also had a positive effect on crop sales and exports. This is true for new potatoes from Salento. "We started harvesting the potatoes grown under polytunnels in…

    Switzerland: So PotatOh! continues to grow

    In June 2020, Terralog ag launched the So PotatOh! product line, a healthy, fresh and delicious way to eat potatoes. One year later, the Bern-based potato specialist is taking stock as the original goals have been largely exceeded. 2020 review: release on the marketJust a year ago, the So PotatOh!…

    Canada

    Significant interest for Alberta-grown sweet potatoes

    One Canadian grower is hoping to build a new industry for the province of Alberta: sweet potatoes. Currently, the Western Canadian province does grow potatoes already. But Stephanie Lessner of Alberta Sweet Potatoes based in Jenner, AB is focusing on supplying sweet potatoes more locally--rather than…

    Jesus Berdusan is the new president of the DO regulatory council

    Fuentes de Ebro may produce nearly 5 million kilos of onions this season

    The regulatory council of the Denomination of Origin Cebolla de Fuentes de Ebro has renewed its presidency by appointing Jesus Berdusan as their new president. Berdusan, who…

    European potato market (week 18)

    Netherlands: Clearly higher quotations last week

    European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Potatoes for processing: very firm markets. Many factories are buying, in addition to the demand for export to southern Europe (Spain, Portugal) or Ukraine. Supply is low, due to the work in the fields, the low free…

    Potato still America’s favorite vegetable - Fifth year in a row

    According to the 2021 Consumer Attitudes and Usage study, conducted annually by Potatoes USA, consumers primarily choose foods based on their flavor, freshness and value. Consumers appreciate potatoes’ versatility, how filling they are and the fact that they may be eaten in many ways.? Every year, Potatoes…

    Farther Farms creates new French fry, to 'make food go farther'

    Farther Farms, based in Rochester, NY, is a high-growth food technology start-up working to solve one of today’s challenges: how to make food go farther. The company started…

    Iran: Annual exports of potatoes up 83%

    Iran’s year-on-year potato exports increased by 83 percent in the past Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20). ?Director Hossein Asghari of the Iranian Agriculture Ministry announced…

    Potato growers Northern Ireland to receive Covid-19 financial aid

    Potato growers from Northern Ireland whose incomes have been directly impacted by the pandemic will be eligible for financial aid. The support package will contribute towards…

    Potatoes USA

    January - March 2021 retail sales: a year after unparalleled growth

    Potato sales for Q3 (January – March 2021) of Marketing Year 2021 have caught up to the changed buying habits that the pandemic brought about. March 2020 was an unprecedented…

    Better prices for Ukrainian onion producers at last

    For the first time since the summer of 2020, Ukrainian producers have managed to get good prices for their onions. Although the growth rates are still quite insignificant, the…

    Afghanistan produced over 855,000 tons of potatoes in 2020

    Afghanistan harvested 855,395 tons of potatoes in all farms across the country in 2020, its Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock announced on Sunday. It also…

    Anti-germinating agents: black spruce could replace CIPC

    Chlorpropham (CIPC), a substance used to preserve potatoes, was banned in June 2019 by the European Commission - with a marketing authorization that expired on January 8th,…

    California potatoes and US-grown asparagus kick off

    Progressive Produce is beginning to ship its strongest supply of potatoes and asparagus to shoppers across the United States and Canada. Organic yellow and red potatoes are available now through the end of July. Organic russets will start mid-June through early August. Conventional red and gold potatoes…

    Wisconsin: Potato planting ahead of schedule

    Potato growers in Wisconsin’s central sands region expect to finish planting soon.? Jim Okray with Plover-based Okray Family Farms said that planting has gone smooth this year compared…

    The sweet potato is to become Alabama's state vegetable

    The sweet potato is set to get a new title, as the Alabama House yesterday voted to designate it as Alabama’s official state vegetable. The measure had already passed the…

    Europatat Congress 2021 – Registrations are open!

    Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, is excited to announce the opening of registrations for its upcoming annual Europatat Congress that will be organised on…

    More transplant onions for Ontario this summer

    Transplant onion plantings are increasing in Ontario for 2021. “The transplants arrived the other day and we’ll start planting by the end of the week,” says Avia Eek of Eek Farms in Ontario’s Holland Marsh. Seed onions finished planting early last week. The transplants arrived from the Keller Bros.…

    Indian government asks 5 states to increase onion acreage by 9,900 hectares

    Last week, India’s federal government asked five non-traditional onion growing states including Rajasthan to increase the area under the crop by 9,900 hectares in the…

    AHDB

    GB grower held potato stocks as at the end of March sit at 1.2Mt, 22.4% of 2020 total production.

    End of March grower held potato stocks at 1.2Mt

    1.2Mt of potatoes in grower ownership at the end of March, almost matches the same time last year; just 2.6Kt more. However, it is 90.7Kt higher than the 5-year average. The stocks figures however, do not account for potatoes held by packers, processor, merchant’s etc. and therefore only represents what…

    AHDB

    Potato Weekly - 30 April 2021

    UK planting is progressing well, with some growers finishing this week

    Trade has continued at a steady pace this week, although reports have been somewhat mixed depending on the area. Top quality chipping supplies seem to be tightening, supporting prices of the best material. Planting is progressing well, with some growers finishing this week. That said,?ground conditions…

    Northern Ireland

    Agriculture Minister Poots signals support for local potato sector

    Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has announced the introduction of a financial support package for potato growers impacted by a reduction in demand from the hospitality and…

    Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes could be gamechanger for Zimbabwe’s farmers

    Recently, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement added the orange-fleshed sweet potato to the nation’s food basket. Some call this…

    Eric Moerdijk, Monie:

    "Extreme pressure on Dutch onions that have to be off the market before the new year”

    In the Netherlands, onion sales have been difficult for a few months. Now, says Eric Moerdijk of Monie, demand is increasing a little. "Demand from particularly retailers in various European destinations increased somewhat. The question is, is this a turnaround? Or a temporary upturn to fill the gap…

    Mexico's Supreme Court approves the importation of fresh potatoes from the United States

    Mexico's Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) approved the importation of fresh potatoes from the United States, unanimously denying the protection promoted by different potato…

    Egyptian onion exporters will be able to export to new markets in Asia and South America

    "We expect an increase in demand due to opening of new markets"

    Demand for Egyptian onions is at a solid price right now, according to one Egyptian exporter. Although prices are slightly down at the moment, there is a chance they’ll increase in the next few weeks. There’ll be a lot of potential for onion exporters from Egypt to reach new markets in both Asia and…

    Challenging conditions remain for Washington potato growers

    Despite hopes that the end of the pandemic is finally in sight, a host of challenges remain before the Washington potato industry. According to Chris Voigt, Executive Director…

    USDA

    USDA report on Direct versus Indirect Trade

    Romania’s hidden market for US agri exports

    The U.S. Census Bureau's bulk, intermediate, and consumer-oriented (BICO) export data tracks U.S. food and agricultural trade shipped directly to Poland. However, it does not measure the substantial levels of the U.S. agricultural trade to Poland routed through Western European ports of entry. According…

    The United States was the main destination for Peruvian fresh onions in the first quarter of 2021

    According to data from?Agrodata, Peru exported 68,706,693 kilos of fresh onions in the first quarter of the year for a FOB value of 24,564,068 dollars. The main destination…

    Mexico’s Supreme Court decision overturns decades-long ban on U.S. fresh potato imports

    On April 28, 2021, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled by a unanimous vote of five to zero in favor of overturning a 2017 lower court decision that prevented the Mexican federal…

    Malawi: Tobacco losing ground to potatoes

    For decades, tobacco has been Malawi’s main foreign exchange earner. However, when he opened this year’s tobacco marketing season on Tuesday, president Lazarus Chakwera…

    European potato market (week 17)

    Belgium: very firm processing market

    European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Potatoes for processing: very firm markets. Most factories are buying again, alongside the demand for export to southern Europe and England. Some operators (Belgian trade and abroad, producers) are still looking for…

    With three challenging years behind them

    Manitoba potato growers cautiously optimistic about 2021

    Hard-pressed Manitoba potato growers are hoping for a normal crop this year after three consecutive years of adverse weather, unharvested acres, lower-than-expected yields and…

    PEI Potato board launches “Spudchat” podcast

    The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is excited to share with potato farmers and industry partners the launch of a new podcast, Spudchat.? This weekly podcast is hosted by Ryan…

    Branston site, Lincolnshire

    Work starts on £6 mln UK potato protein extraction facility

    At the Branston site in Lincolnshire, work has started on a new £6 mln facility, which will be used to extract high grade plant protein from potatoes. Branston is working alongside B-hive Innovations as part of a collaborative project to improve potato crop utilization. The factory is the first of its…

    France exported 11% fewer potatoes in February

    French potato exports in the 2020-2021 campaign are being affected by COVID pandemic and its restrictions. According to the latest bulletin of the French Potato…

    Unseasonal weather delays harvest of Jersey Royals, yields are lower, and sizing is smaller

    “If we get a spell of rain the later crops will catch up"

    April has been a cold, dry month in the UK with prolonged periods of cold nights and ground frost. The Channels Islands have also had quite unseasonal weather this year. This week saw the island of Jersey go into an official drought after 15 consecutive days with no rainfall, only 12mm of rain has been recorded…

    Puts the farmer in a very difficult situation

    Concerns about Coop's new giant packing plant

    Coop intends to combine the packaging and storage of potatoes in one large warehouse near Gardermoen. The farmers' team is afraid that means the nail in the coffin for…

    Rene Tiggelman, Javala:

    "Potato exports to Africa going better than onions"

    The onion export market is quiet at the moment. "Spain is still buying a little. But that will probably be one of the last. There are still some onions going to Africa. Exports to the Far East are, however, over," says Rene Tiggelman of Handelsmaatschappij van Langevelde in the Netherlands. He points out that…

    The potato campaign starts with less surface area and more varieties of potatoes for washing

    "Nearly 75% of the potatoes in Castile and Leon have already been planted"

    Castile and Leon's 2021 potato campaign started with a slightly lower area than what was expected in January, and a slight increase in plantings of varieties destined for…

    Suuplying organic potatoes to Riverford

    GPS assisted potato planting in Uffculme, Devon

    This season’s potatoes have been planted at Gaddon Spring Farm near Uffculme, Devon. The process involved GPS assisted field preparation and planting. Everything revolves…

    AHDB

    Potato Weekly - 23 April 2021

    UK potatoes: Mixed demand this week - free-buy packing sector quiet

    There was mixed demand this week. The free-buy packing sector is reportedly quiet, while the bag trade has continued demand as businesses benefit from the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Dry weather has meant planting has progressed well for the 2021 crop, with some even reported to nearly be complete.…

    Satisfactory exports for new potatoes from Syracuse

    The new potato campaign in Syracuse (Sicily) started already one month ago. "We were the first to start. Last year, we did not work with the foreign markets much but, this year, we are working well with French distribution chains and have strengthened our contacts with Belgium and Germany. Over 50% of…

    “We have noticed a big uptake in demand since the opening of outside hospitality"

    The hospitality sector is slowly opening up again in the UK. In England the pubs and restaurants can now serve food outside and will open up fully on May 17th. This is good news for producers and wholesalers who have felt the impact of the lockdowns over the past year. The Food Heroes have already seen a…

    Frédéric Champion, Pomleg:

    “More interest in fresh products this year”

    The new potato campaign started two weeks ago for Pomleg, located on the MIN market of Rungis. “We started right before Easter and the campaign is going quite well. This year, we observe a greater interest, perhaps because of the pandemic and the lockdown, which gave us a little boost. With the closure…

    European potato market (week 16)

    Great Britain: normal demand for friable varieties thanks to reopening of restaurants

    European physical markets? ? Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Potatoes for processing: very firm markets. The demand is more dynamic overall, although not all factories are buying. We note a considerable demand for export (England, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Eastern countries). Some operators (trade, producers)…

    Serving the Russian market via an alternative route

    In Russia, HZPC is using an unconventional strategy to secure its potato trade for the future: in 2019, a small breeding company was set up to provide Russian contract growers with pre-basis seed potatoes. In 2020, the production of mini-tubers was added too. These choices were made due to Russia’s aim…

    Bangladesh: Almost 44,000 tons of sweet potatoes produced in Rajshahi

    Some 43,779 tons of sweet potatoes were produced from 2,954 hectares of land in all eight districts of the Rajshahi division in the past harvesting season. The newly-harvested…

    West Bengal potato traders concerned due to labor shortages

    Potato merchants in West Bengal are facing labor shortages as of this week, owing to an increase in Covid cases in the state. The potato industry in Gangetic West Bengal may…

    Azerbaijan growers work with new potato varieties

    New foreign varieties of potatoes are being grown in Azerbaijan. A local farmer said: “Currently, potatoes are planted in six districts on an area of ??340 hectares. I do not…

    Potato wholesaler Robert Koch on this year's marketing season

    "Regionality as an important part of the purchase decision at the point of sale"

    While the market for industrial potatoes was largely paralyzed during the pandemic, the Bavarian ware potato market is booming. Particularly in food retailing, regional ware potatoes are in high demand. In terms of volume, however, they are looking back on an extremely difficult season with lousy yields…

    Indian onion export bans enable Iraq and Turkey to gain footholds in global market

    Iraq and Turkey are strong competitors to India within the latter’s conventional onion export market. In earlier years, the Indian government has been resorting to banning…

    Great concerns about EU seed potato trade with the UK

    At this point in time, an agreement between the EU and the UK on the mutual trade in seed potatoes does not seem imminent. However, if no agreement is reached on the…

    USDA

    US: Northwest Region potato stocks on April 1, 2021 at 87.7 million cwt

    Potato stocks in Idaho on April 1, 2021 totaled 51.0 million cwt. Disappearance of the Idaho crop to date was 83.8 million cwt. April 1 potato stocks in Oregon totaled 5.70 million cwt. Disappearance to date was 21.3 million cwt. In Washington, April 1 potato stocks totaled 31.0 million cwt.…

    MBIE interim report on Frozen Fries Investigation April 2021

    'Processed potato dumping is going on in New Zealand, but not bad enough to apply tariffs'

    MBIE has released it’s Interim Report on the investigation into European dumping of frozen processed potato into the NZ market. Potatoes NZ are reviewing the report this week and meeting with processors next week to determine our next steps. The investigation shows there is dumping going on, but MBIE…

    East-Fruit

    Onion markets: Analysis of the EU, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe

    The Eastern European onion market is in a serious upheaval. Its western market is Poland. To understand in more detail the current situation in Poland, we should look at the situation in the EU as a whole in the 2020/21 season. Onion market of the European Union and PolandThe total onion production in…

    "The eleven steam peelers help the business churn out 255 tons of potatoes every hour"

    Lamb Weston / Meijer is one of the most recognized companies in the global potato industry. The company's mission - Wellbeing through Potatoes - and their customer-focused modus operandi?has earned them stripes serving Quick Service Restaurants, large food chains, and retailers all over EMEA.? Fueled by their…

    Idaho grower/shipper expands year-round onion programs

    Idaho Falls, ID-based Eagle Eye Produce, a grower/shipper of potatoes, onions, watermelons and Nogales vegetables, has expanded its year-round onion programs with the addition of Central Produce Distribution Inc. of Payette, ID. “This expansion allows us to strengthen our onion growing, packing and…

    Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine McConalogue sees opportunities

    Government forecasts growth in Irish seed potato sector

    Teagasc and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, have both stated that Brexit will negatively impact the quantities of seed potato that…

    New crop California organic potatoes start shipping

    Starting April 26, Cal-Organic Farms will start shipping freshly harvested, new crop red and gold potatoes to customers from its facility in Lamont, CA. The company’s organic rainbow fingerling variety is set to ship mid-May and organic russets will follow in mid-June. Cal-Organic Farms will start shipping…

    AHDB

    Potato Weekly - 16 April 2021

    'Maris Piper prices increased as availability dwindles'

    Demand this week has been different across the sectors, dependant on the end-market and location. The easing of lockdown restrictions has increased demand for certain hospitality locations e.g pubs and local restaurants. Maris Piper prices across the sectors have increased on the week as availability…

    Telangana state

    Sangareddy onion farmers frustrated as prices dip

    The onion price, which stood at Rs 50 to 70 a kg a month ago, has plummeted to a mere Rs 6 a kg in the wholesale market. Although the farmers had got a bumper harvest of 90 to…

    Bangladesh Agricultural Corporation

    BADC contract growers export potatoes to Malaysia

    Potatoes produced by contract growers of the Bangladesh Agricultural Corporation (BADC) are now being exported to Malaysia. Under the supervision of BADC, the first…

    Juan Manuel Coello, of Patatas Meléndez: "We will be able to supply large volumes by late April".

    Spanish new potato supply limited by rainfall

    The spring's early Spanish potato season has started about ten days early this year, although rainfall in the growing areas this week is slowing down the harvest, which will lead to a drop in the supply until the end of April. "Although we have been supplying some limited quantities of Spanish potatoes…

    Mexican potato farmers to keep up fight against US imports

    Last week, Mexico’s Supreme Court refused for the second time in six weeks to make a ruling that could allow substantial new access to the Mexican market worth hundreds of…

    The White onion from Margherita PGI harvesting season has just started

    "Half the plants have bent leaves, which is the sign that the onions are ready to be harvested," said growers Salvatore Piazzolla and Michele Catino. The former has 30 years of experience and the latter is a young man who, at 30, saw the opportunity in this sector to start a new life with a job that is…

    AHDB

    February trade round-up: Potatoes - 15 April

    Potato exports lag behind previous years

    HMRC have now released trade data covering up to the end of February 2021. In January, after the end of the transition period to leave the European Union (EU), we saw some teething issues in exports. Did these continue into February? Well in February, ware exports for both processed and fresh sectors…

    Turkey: Government to distribute potatoes and onions to poverty-stricken areas

    Earlier this week, President Recep Erdogan announced that the Turkish government will distribute potatoes and onions to poorer families in the nation, to both support…

    Maharashtra growers demand higher onion price from NAFED this year

    The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED), which hopes? to build a buffer by purchasing from onion growers, might have to pay a higher price…

    EastFruit

    Onion acreage might be reduced in Ukraine

    Ukraine’s onion acreage may go down in 2021 due to their critically low prices since last summer. The average prices for onion on the Ukrainian market continue to vary within the range of $0.10-0.11/kg since the end of July 2020 and it reached $0.13/kg only for few weeks in August last year. In short,…

    Dutch potato processor continues, with new partnership

    André Aasman owns ASN, a Dutch potato processing company. He has found new partners. They are Anton Riezebos and Corné Kodde, co-owners of Polder Potato and Aard Robaard, who…

    Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department

    Maqis seizes 28 tons of red onions at Tanjung Pelepas

    The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department has seized over 28 tons of red onions - worth RM250,000 - at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas. According to Johor Maqis…

    “Greek potatoes spring season starting”

    In Greece, the new potato season is about to kick off. Last season was one of struggles, but one exporter managed to get ahead. Looking at the current season, it’s expected there will be a few challenges to deal with, but that the season of 2021 will be better overall when compared to the 2020 season.…

    United Potato Growers of Canada

    Canadian potato storage holdings April 1, 2021

    Total Canadian potato storage holdings on April 1 at 9.0% below 3-year average

    Total Canadian Potato Storage Holdings on April 1, 2021 are 9.0% below the 3-yr. average at 38,037,000cwt. A snapshot from this same month a year ago had stocks 4.5% below 3-yr. averages so these figures show deeper reductions in supply than 2020. This is one of the lowest Stocks on Hand for several…

    The potato industry is hit by corona

    "People just have to eat French fries every day"

    We have eaten fewer French fries because of corona, and this has hit many in the potato industry. Many in the potato industry are feeling the pinch now that the local cafés…

    East-Fruit

    Stocks at record levels - imports are increasing

    Georgian potato prices hit historic lows

    In the Republic of Georgia, potato prices have hit historic lows. Stocks at are record levels and imports are increasing. This is an unusual situation in the Georgian potato market, this season. The first lots of early potatoes from greenhouses have already appeared on the market, prices for 2020’s…

    Gerard Hoekman, Mulder Onions:

    "Endless Dutch onion crop expansion increasingly fracturing season's 2nd half"

    "I wish I had good news about the current onion market, but I don't," says Gerard Hoekman of Mulder Onions in the Netherlands. The situation has several causes, he says. "But…

    Belgian company goes from 300kg hand-peeled to 30 tons of peeled, processed onions per day

    This onion farmer began with a daily production of 300kg of hand-peeled onions. The business is now big in peeling and processing onions. Uien Roussel was founded in Belgium in 1996. Today it produces 30 tons of fresh onion products every day. "Peeled, segmented, diced, rings, halves, and julienned…

    AHDB

    Potato Weekly - 09 April 2021

    'Much of the potato trade is awaiting the changes to Covid rules, set for today'

    Prices for bagged chipping Markies and Agria have continued on an upward trend this week. Much of the trade is awaiting the changes to government rules, set for today. Hopefully, with dining out allowed, and more movement of people out-and-about, we will see increased demand. The cold start to the week,…

    Domestic market update – April 2021

    'Demand for Maris Piper remained strong last month'

    Domestic potato trade throughout March continued to be relatively slow, although consistent across the different sectors. Growers and merchants, especially in the bags sector,…

    Canada

    Province of Alberta officially rid of Potato Cyst Nematode

    The Canadian province of Alberta has been deemed free of potato cyst nematode (PCN). PCN is a destructive pest that lives in the soil. It is regulated under Alberta’s…

    Northeast Frontier Railway

    More Kisan Rail trains to be deployed for potato shipments

    The Northeast Frontier Railway has decided to deploy more Kisan Rail trains for the transportation of potatoes. Among these Kisan Rail trains, one train will run from Dhupguri…

    Bellipario company of Polignano a Mare (BA)

    Italian hand-picked potatoes much appreciated abroad

    The bisestile potato is an Italian niche crop grown in Apulia and much appreciated in the French and Belgian markets. This year, 40 tons of this crop are expected to be harvested. The company Bellipario, based in Polignano a Mare (in the province of Bari), specializes in growing this niche potato…

    Country reopening means changes in demand for potatoes

    Supplies of potatoes are good but demand is starting to see some shifts. “There should be plenty of potatoes through the end of the season. There’s not an abundance of them but it’s not necessarily going to be a short supply year either,” says Ryan Wahlen of Pleasant Valley Potato in Aberdeen, ID. He…

    Increased acreage

    Imperial Valley is gearing up for onion harvest

    As California gears up for onion harvesting, steady, if not increased, supplies are anticipated. “We are getting ready in the next couple of weeks to harvest our El Centro crop in the Imperial Valley. That usually starts with a good healthy supply of yellow onions,” says Jessica Peri, retail sales…

    European potato market (week 14)

    France: Stable prices but factories buy very little

    European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: ? The planting of early potatoes in West Flanders continued slowly. It is estimated that 30 to 50% have been planted. As for the main harvest, there was some planting last week in Hesbaye (Liège), as well as in the regions of…

    Bangladesh still handicapped by potato growers' storage problems

    For some years now, ?the burden of a bumper potato harvest has been falling on the growers, who can be extremely ill at ease with their produce in a severely underpriced domestic…

    Indian export dip pushes down onion prices

    Higher freight charges and newer certification norms have slowed down Indian onion exports. This his caused the average traded price drop in wholesale markets in Maharashtra.…

    EastFruit

    Uzbekistan should be able to reduce 2021 potato imports

    In February, the main reasons for the sharp rise in potato prices in Uzbekistan over the past few years was identified. A government document was signed in March – “On the effective use of existing land and the placement of crops for sowing for the 2021 harvest ” requiring growers to increase the planted…

    Irish Farmers' Association

    Irish Farmers Association

    Retail potato demand buoyant - lockdowns stifling European demand

    In its latest weekly report, the Irish Farmers Association claims that retail demand was buoyant over the Easter period in Ireland, but the food sector service in the country still continues to trade at a minimum. Early planting progress over the past week was good, although growth rates are hampered by…

    Mexican court postponed debate on appeals banning the import of US potatoes

    The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) has postponed a debate on two pending appeals banning the import of US potatoes. In a plenary session held on Wednesday, it…

    Onions in vogue in 2020 as Australians sought out health boosters

    During last year's Coronavirus lockdowns, Australians turned to onions to boost their immune systems. Hort Innovation data showed an 8.5 per cent increase in volume from…

    PEI Potato Board presents 2021 potato industry awards

    The PEI Potato Board traditionally presents Potato Industry Recognition Awards at its annual banquet to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry. Three awards were presented at the board’s monthly meeting in March 2021 and they will be recognized at the banquet in…

    Potatoes South Africa awareness campaign highlights resilience, optimism of unsung industry heroes

    Potatoes South Africa (PSA) has launched a bold new awareness campaign in a bid to create perspective about the resilience and performance of the potato industry’s…

    Nigerian government restates focus on sweet potato production

    The Nigerian government has issued a statement saying it would do everything to tap into the potential of potato production, especially the orange flesh sweet potato. Hajia…


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