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NEPG: Above average European potato harvest expected

The NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) estimates the forecasted potato harvest for the 2019 season to be between 27 and 27,3 million tons for the 5 leading European potato producing countries. The NEPG estimate at this time is said to be 3% more than the 5 year average, and 12% more than last year. At this stage, the estimates are[Read More…]

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Analyst Insight: No deal Brexit in the fresh chipping sector

The fresh chipping sector makes up c.12% of total potato production in Great Britain. The market follows season trends with demand driven by chip shop footfall throughout the year, according to AHDB’s Aidan Wright. While most of the crop is utilised domestically a steady stream of exports to the Republic of Ireland (ROI) provides an underlying support to the market,[Read More…]

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What does Brexit mean for potato markets?

With political turmoil still providing no answers to how the UK will exit the European Union, it may be prudent to plan for the worst and hope for the best, according to AHDB market analysts in the UK. AHDB says on its website that the option of the UK leaving the EU with no deal on 31 October remains a[Read More…]

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US potato farmers seek new trade deal with Mexico to ‘level the playing field’

Potato farmers are asking U.S. agricultural officials for support in expanding export trade into Mexico, writes Noi Mahoney in Freight Waves. Currently, American potato farmers and exporters are mostly barred from selling fresh potatoes in Mexico due to restrictions by the Mexican government, namely that U.S. growers can only sell fresh potatoes within a 26-kilometer (about 16-mile) zone across the[Read More…]

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CEO of NPC: ‘We are standing up for potatoes on Capitol Hill’

Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council (NPC) in the US spoke Aug. 30 at the Idaho Grower Shippers Association convention, outlining policy work on trade and nutrition this year. According to an article by Tom Karst of The Packer magazine, he told the 300-plus convention attendees: “Typically when folks get a little frustrated with some of the things[Read More…]

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Fruit Logistica Asia Trade Show: ‘We are set on exporting potatoes to the world’, says CEO of Potatoes South Africa

There will be no rotten potatoes today as South African companies are set to participate in the 2019 Fruit Logistica Asia Trade Show that gets underway in Hong Kong today. According to a report published by Bizcommunity, the CEO of industry body Potatoes South Africa, Dr Andre Jooste, said the company’s participation in the show is driven by China’s previous[Read More…]

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Weuthen Potato Day: Potato market expert talks about 2019 harvest outlook for Europe

FreshPlaza reports that the 30th Weuthen Potato Day, held in Germany on Thursday, 29th August, was again focused on this year’s harvest forecasts.  The event was ushered in with an opening speech by managing director Ferdi Buffen. He told FreshPlaza: “Due to area expansion, higher irrigation capacities and better yields in the major growing regions, we expect a 10-15% higher[Read More…]

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Big Idaho Potato Truck rolls on; high-quality crop expected

According to a report by The Packer, the Big Idaho Potato Truck will be back for another year of rolling promotions for what is expected to be a high-quality potato crop, Idaho Potato Commission president and CEO Frank Muir told attendees at the 2019 Idaho Grower Shippers Association Convention. In previewing the commission’s marketing and promotion plans at the Sun Valley meeting, Muir said[Read More…]

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Increased potato consumption expected in Ireland

Consumption is expected to increase this week as schools re-open after the summer break, the Tipperary Times reports.  According to the report, favourable weather has improved digging conditions in areas that were affected by heavy rain last week however, digging of new season Rooster is taking a back seat this week as a lot of farmers are busy harvesting cereals.[Read More…]

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Tasmanian potato farmers accepted Simplot’s second price offer

More than 80 potato growers in Tasmania felt a sense of relief when receiving Simplot’s second offer, says TFGA Vegetable Council chairperson Nathan Richardson. The offer was proposed at a meeting in Deloariane on Tuesday night and will see a $35 per tonne increase for all varieties of potatoes in the upcoming season and a minimum $10 per tonne increase[Read More…]

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Idaho Grower Shippers Association Convention: ‘How to move the coming potato harvest’

Growing potatoes in Idaho has never been a problem. Getting Idaho potatoes to distant markets has been the No. 1 issue for Idaho’s growers and shippers. For 91 years, the Idaho Grower Shippers Association has been representing Idaho’s agricultural interests in securing the best national and international cargo transportation rates for potato shipments. For more than 70 years, the association,[Read More…]

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Have your say on the future of seed potato standards in Britain

Red Tractor are looking for industry feedback on potential changes to the Safe Haven Standards, the seed potato assurance scheme in the UK. New standards likely to be added to the scheme cover areas such as water use, storage best practice and traceability. The strengthened standards will now mean that the scheme will also cover Brown Rot and Epitrix on top of[Read More…]

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China imposes new tariffs on US potatoes

This past Friday, August 23, China responded to prior U.S. tariff threats by releasing a new list of targeted American products. Among them were new tariffs on potatoes and potato products. “We have been urging all sides to come to the negotiating table rather than continue ratcheting up the pressure. A reasonable agreement can be achieved, but talks need to[Read More…]

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The shortfall factor: The potential benefit of lower East European and German potato production for the UK

According to Aidan Wright, Analyst at AHDB in the UK, a strong demand for fresh packing supplies from Eastern Europe helped provide support to the packing market in the latter half of the 2018/19 season. With shortfalls looking likely in several European countries, could we see this happen again? Wright says the competitive pricing of Scottish potatoes last season (2018/19)[Read[Read More…]

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Kenyan potato farmers set to reap big as new packaging law takes root

Potato farmers from Meru County are set to reap big after the recent implementation of laws governing packaging of the commodity. According to the farmers, the law which demands that farmers package their produce in a 50 kilogram bag as opposed to the initial 90 kilogram will see producers get better value for their goods. The  elated farmers interviewed by[Read More…]

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Australian potato wholesaler fined for unfair contracts

Aussie potato wholesaler Mitolo Group has been fined A$240,000 (US$162,000) for infringements relating to its contracts with potato growers. In proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the Australian Federal Court declared that certain terms of contracts were unfair and therefore void. The contracts which were declared to be unfair included terms that allowed Mitolo to unilaterally[Read[Read More…]

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US Ag Secretary thanked for support of expanding potato trade with Mexico

The National Potato Council and a dozen other U.S. state and regional potato associations on Aug. 16 thanked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for his support of expanded U.S. fresh potato exports to Mexico. The letter to Perdue thanked him for his testimony before a recent House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. At that hearing, Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, asked Perdue about USDA[Read More…]

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Latest Canadian Potato Crop Update issued; 3000 acres of potatoes expected to be lost because of big hailstorm in the West

Kevin MacIsaac, General Manager of United Potato Growers of Canada issued the latest update on the potato crop this past Thursday. He thanked all the provincial directors of UPGC for their input on this report. Prince Edward Island: PEI’s potato crop got off to a good start and most fields have achieved full canopy. Unfortunately, weather in the past month[Read[Read More…]

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New packaging laws launched across potato growing counties in Kenya

Potato farmers in fourteen counties in Kenya are the winners following the introduction of new packaging regulations which will be implemented across the country. The Crops (Irish Potatoes) Regulations 2019, which were gazetted two months ago by the National Government’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, require that all potato packaging in the country be capped at 50 kilograms bringing to[Read More…]

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US potato chip company to construct warehouse to accommodate growing business

Officials with West Virginia-based Mister Bee Potato Chips said this week that plans are in place to construct a new warehouse in order to keep up with expanding production. An estimated $500,000, 10,000-square-foot project, the warehouse is planned to be built next to the company’s production facility in Parkersburg, The Parkersburg News & Sentinel reports. The growth follows a recent investment of[Read[Read More…]

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Retail potato sales value in the US increases

According to a report issued today by Potatoes USA, IRI data for the July 2018 through June 2019 marketing year (MY19) show both successes and opportunities for the potato category. Total potato sales are reportedly increased in dollars by 2.0%, while sales volume declined by (1.0)%. The increase in volume sales occurred in April 2019 through June 2019, finishing the[Read[Read More…]

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Wisconsin growers anticipate big crop this season

Wisconsin potato growers predicted their entire industry should be digging in earnest by mid-August, although some spuds were on track to come out as early as the last week of July, suppliers said. A mid-August “official start” would be slightly later than normal, due to “some challenges with sizing,” said Dana Radey, director of promotion, communication and consumer education with the Antigo-based Wisconsin[Read[Read More…]

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