A trade delegation including Western Australian (WA) potato industry leaders toured Egypt in November, confirming the potential to export at least 10,000 tonnes of seed potatoes.
The delegation focused on connecting with commercial operators at all levels of the Egyptian supply chain involved in potato crisp processing. This visit followed a 2017 visit, which identified the market as having significant potential for WA seed potato exports.
Vaughan Carter, chair of Potato Growers Association of WA, joined the tour which included meetings with three of the largest crisp processors in Egypt – PepsiCo, Egypt Food Group and Americana (Senyorita) Foods.
“The Egyptian potato sector is enormous, producing over 5m tonnes annually. As a result, over 150,000 tonnes of certified seed are imported each year from United Kingdom and European suppliers, and the market is still growing,” said Vaughan.