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‘Major shortages and unprecedented high prices in the European potato market,’ says Dutch potato trader

“I’ve never seen the potato market this hot,” says Robert Voskamp of the Dutch company Rola Fresh, an importer and exporter of greenhouse vegetables, sweet potatoes and French potato specialities. “Small potato prices currently start at €1.70 and even reach above €2 per kilo. Those are unprecedentedly high prices. The biggest shortage is of red-skinned potatoes; you can’t find those anywhere in Europe.”

“Last year’s potato harvest was very disappointing, and this year, it’s delayed all over Europe. We’re importing most of our potatoes from Israel, with a few trickling in from France. They’re nice potatoes, but most must still be harvested,” Robert told FreshPlaza. “We’re also still importing old potatoes from France, but that’s becoming harder, quality-wise. Still, for lack of a better option, the market’s accepting them.”

“Harvesting still has to get underway in Northwest Europe. The potatoes look good so far, but harvesting, across the board, has been delayed. Here and there, there are local potatoes on the market, but most are very loose-skinned and not yet available in volumes. That shortage will continue in the coming month,” Voskamp says.

Source: FreshPlaza. Full story here
Photo: Credit Rola Fresh via FreshPlaza

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