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Australia: Potato imports worry growers

A rise in potato imports has reignited the industry’s concerns about competitiveness and profitability. Data released by Global Trade Atlas last week found in the first quarter of this year the volume of imported frozen prepared ­potatoes increased by 37 per cent and the volume of non-frozen prepared potatoes imported to Australia increased by 21 per cent. In 2015 Australia imported 121,805,734kg of frozen prepared potatoes, the majority from New Zealand and the Netherlands, and imported 2,325,707kg of non-frozen prepared potatoes, mostly from Germany and the United States. AusVeg spokesman Shaun Lindhe said the data set the forecast for the remainder of the year and a significant rise in cheaper cheaper potato products could be expected. More

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