National Potato Council lobbies for USMCA, expanded trade with China

The Packer reports that potato industry leader Dan Moss voiced support for immediate Congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and expanded potato trade with China at a White House trade event May 23.  “It was an honor to be included in this event at the White House,” Dan Moss, former president of the National Potato Council and a potato[Read[Read More…]

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Rwanda: New mobile app to boost potato farming

By Régis Umurengezi of The New Times – Nine banks and other financial institutions in the country will, effective next planting season, start issuing various financial services to Irish potato cooperatives through a new mobile telephone platform. Dubbed ‘Mpuzanunguke Kirayi’, the platform will among other utilities, help farmers carry out various bank transactions on their telephones, including applying for loans[Read[Read More…]

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US potato export sales trending up, but trade wars limit potential

In a press release, Potatoes USA states that US potato exports of frozen, dehydrated and fresh products have all posted modest gains through the first three quarters of MY July 2018 – June 2019. Potatoes USA says that these increases reflect the ever-increasing international demand for potatoes and potato products. The impact of the very small 2018 crop in the[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes now worth one billion dollars to New Zealand economy

Chris Claridge, Potato New Zealand’s CEO, is pleased to see steady growth in potato volumes and values, says Gemma Carroll, the Communications & Engagement Officer at Potatoes NZ in a recent news release published on the organization’s website. “The latest figures in from 2018 indicate we’re holding our own in exports and the value domestically has gone up. It’s a[Read[Read More…]

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US potato export sales trending up, but fears persist about ongoing trade wars and strong dollar

In a press release issued earlier today by Potatoes USA, it is said that U.S. potato exports of frozen, dehy and fresh have all posted modest gains through the first three quarters of the July 2018 – June 2019 marketing year. Potatoes USA says that these increases reflect the ever-increasing international demand for potatoes and potato products. The impact of[Read[Read More…]

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Dutch potato cooperative: ‘Empty European table potato market is very unusual for the start of May’

“We are a small-scale packing company. For our buyers, we, therefore, try to pack Dutch products for as long as possible. Generally, we are able to do so until mid-June,” says Wim van der Ree. He is the Director at Nedato, a Dutch potato cooperative, according to a report published by FreshPlaza. “However, the Dutch season will be over considerably[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo officially withdraws one of three lawsuits filed against Indian farmers

According to a report published by BloombergQuint, PepsiCo India withdrew one of the lawsuits it had filed against Gujarat farmers for allegedly growing a variety of potato for which the food and beverages giant claimed to have secured exclusive rights. “The plaintiff wishes to withdraw the captioned matter relying on its discussions with the government to find a long-term and[Read[Read More…]

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Fraud with forged NAK seed potato certificates has far-reaching consequences for the potato chain

Brussels, 6 May 2019 – Shortly after it became clear last month that falsified seed potatoes certificates of the Dutch Seed potato inspection Service, NAK (Nederlandse Algemene Keuringsdienst) were in circulation in the Netherlands and Belgium, Breeders Trust, in close cooperation with the NAK, succeeded in a short time to trace the perpetrators and was able to enact a confession[Read[Read More…]

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Irish potato market update: Consumption remains buoyant

“As we approach another bank holiday weekend and also due to that fact that cooler weather has prevailed over the past week, potato consumption remains buoyant”, according to a report by the Tipperary Times. Like last week’s report, it is said that store materials are getting low in Ireland with more growers now finished selling. Planting is reported to be[Read[Read More…]

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European Commission proposes higher MRL for neonicotinoid insecticide in imported Canadian potatoes

Freshplaza reports that the European Commission proposes to increase the maximum residue limit for clothianidin in the import of potatoes to the EU from 0.03 milligram to 0.3 milligram per kilo. This proposal was made because clothianidin is allowed in the production of potatoes in Canada. The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has agreed to this proposal on[Read[Read More…]

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Experts, seed industry differ over PepsiCo lawsuit against Indian potato farmers

According to a report by Business Line in India, the filing of infringement suits by PepsiCo India Holdings Private Ltd against a group of farmers in Gujarat has attracted mixed reactions, with a legal expert calling for the Ministry of Agriculture and farmers’ Welfare to intervene in the matter. The Indian arm of the US-headquartered multinational food giant filed suits[Read[Read More…]

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India: Now, PepsiCo offers to settle case against Gujarat potato farmers

The Hindu reports that in the wake of criticism over its ₹4.2 crore lawsuit against four Gujarati potato farmers, food and beverages giant PepsiCo has offered to settle the case if the farmers stop growing the registered potato variety used in its Lays chips. In an Ahmedabad civil court on Friday, PepsiCo’s lawyer offered a settlement on these terms: the[Read[Read More…]

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New processing plant to benefit some of Kenya’s potato farmers

Regular fluctuations in potato prices and exploitation by brokers might be a thing of the past for potato farmers from Kinangop area in Kenya’s Nyandarua County following the construction of a private potato processing plant in the area, according to a report published by the Kenya News Agency (KNA). According to the plant manager Danson Ndegwa, the multi-million Engineer Food[Read[Read More…]

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Kraft Heinz reportedly weighs sale of Ore-Ida frozen potato business

Tater Tot maker Ore-Ida is the latest brand Kraft Heinz is considering shedding as it scrambles to pay down debt and restructure its business following a disastrous quarterly report. Kraft Heinz has reportedly hired investment bank Evercore Partners to prepare a potential sale of its Ore-Ida brand, people familiar with the situation told CNBC. The brand could fetch roughly $1.5 billion to[Read[Read More…]

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What a difference a year makes for Jersey’s potato growers…

Roll the clock back to this time last year and Jersey Royal growers, who were in dire straits after a winter of heavy rain followed by severe frosts, snow, then more rain, had delayed the Island’s premier crop by a month. Fields were waterlogged and seed potatoes were still being planted, where conditions permitted. The first exports were at a[Read[Read More…]

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Major German potato trader joins Europatat

One of Germany’s major potato traders, Fritz Jungnickel GmbH & Co. KG has joined Europatat. The company was established more than 100 years ago in the area of Dresden, in the heart of the Ruhr region. Today Fritz Jungnickel is active from the Neuss region in the trade of seed, early and ware potatoes. With a wide knowledge and many[Read[Read More…]

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Rising prices open up opportunities for New Zealand in Malaysia

Sales of European and United States fries to the Malaysian market dropped at the beginning of 2019 as prices rose on average by nearly 10%. Shortages of supplies for European processors saw the involvement of the Dutch, Belgian, German and Danish suppliers drop back. Over the course of the year they have been able to make significant inroads in what[Read[Read More…]

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Belgium: Flemish potato area increases again this season; processors demand more raw product

The Flemish potato area will increase by around eight percent in the coming season, according to information released by the Flemish Center for Agriculture and Horticulture (VILT). The Testing Center for Potato Cultivation (PCA) concludes this after an initial survey of its members. It is especially the area of ​​early potatoes that is rising sharply: no less than 20 percent[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo results beat market estimates as new CEO’s ad-push lifts sales

According to a Reuters report. PepsiCo Inc’s quarterly sales and profit beat Wall Street estimates on Wednesday, as the beverage maker’s advertising and marketing push helped drive sales of its snacks, sparkling waters and low-sugar sodas globally. Shares of PepsiCo hit a record high of $125.92 in morning trading after the company said its core sales grew at the fastest[Read[Read More…]

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Grocers in Iceland lament the lack of ‘first class Icelandic potatoes’

The Icelandic Federation of Trade is calling for a suspension of duties on potatoes so that potatoes grown abroad can be imported at an acceptable cost to local consumers.  RÚV reports that Iceland’s current potato crop suffered after a wet and cold summer last year. As such, locally-grown potatoes are not up to their usual standard and grocers and produce importers[Read[Read More…]

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Northwest potato stocks, disappearance above last year

Potato stocks in Idaho, Oregon and Washington on April 1 totaled 98 million hundredweight, up from 87 million a year earlier, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service reports. Stocks in Idaho totaled 56 million cwt., up from 50 million. Disappearance to date was 84.2 million cwt., up from 81.3 million. “Our movement the past two to three weeks has been[Read[Read More…]

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