Egyptian potato exports on the rise

According to an official report issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, the total volume of potatoes that have been approved for export to overseas destinations has reached 697,710 tonnes; an increase of up to 254 thousand tonnes so far compared to the 443,380 tonnes shipped last year.Source: www.freshplaza.comSee on – Global Potato News You are unauthorized[Read More…]

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Strong potato yields expected to bolster EU supply

The European potato supply is growing, fueled by a 3-4 per cent increase in acres and almost perfect growing conditions, reports Sarah Mikesell, TheCropSite senior editor. Yields are expected to be exceptionally high and could top 50 tons per hectare in many areas, which is likely to flood the market with supply. In this video, Cedric Porter, Managing Editor of[Read[Read More…]

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US potato exports hit new records

The value of all US potato exports reached $1.76 billion for the recently completed marketing year of 2013-2014. This increase in exports was led by a 10 percent increase in the value of frozen potato products exports. That increase it is pretty amazing when you realize that US sale of frozen potatoes have remained relatively flat over the last decade.Source:[Read[Read More…]

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Europe: Pomuni takes over competitor Potato Masters

The consumption of potatoes is no longer rising and is therefore putting pressure on the potato packers. Scaling-up and offering added value are two obvious methods to maintain or increase market share. That is why Pomuni and Potato Masters went ahead with a scaling-up and cooperation scenario. Both companies want to respond proactively to the current difficult market circumstances. A[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho potato export markets are increasingly important

Export markets are increasingly important outlets for U.S.-grown potatoes in general and specifically for Idaho, according to Frank Muir, president of the Idaho Potato Commission. Speaking at the 86th annual convention of the Idaho Grower Shipper Association in Sun Valley, ID, Aug. 28, Muir commended the U.S. Potato Board for the efforts it is making to open or re-open various[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland: Aldi accused of pushing vegetable growers to extinction

Vegetable and potato growers are protesting outside the Aldi Headquarters and Distribution Centre in Naas today. Addressing the protesters, IFA President Eddie Downey said the current behaviour of all the major retailers towards vegetable growers will ensure the extinction of this specialised production sector and prevent Irish consumers from getting premium quality vegetables, as they will be substituted by imports.Source:[Read[Read More…]

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US: Halt in potato exports to Mexico manageable

Though the stop to U.S. potato exports to Mexico has been unfortunate, not being able to ship potatoes deep into Mexico is not likely to significantly affect export programs this year. “The Mexican market is a very important market for us, and increased access to that market would be beneficial,” said John Toaspern, chief marketing officer for the United States[Read[Read More…]

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US: 20/20 Produce keeps spuds moving

20/20 Produce Sales Inc. recently signed contracts worth an estimated $10 million for potatoes and onions. That’s some 39,000,000 pounds of potatoes grown in the Magic Valley. 20/20 Produce had net sales of nearly $16 million in 2013, and is a two-time top-100 supplier for Sysco Food Service, a global leader in marketing and distributing food products, said Mark Williams,[Read[Read More…]

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Australia: Potato industry roasts PM in NZ import row

A CARTOON portraying Prime Minister Julia Gillard and senior ministers Joe Ludwig and Craig Emerson as children playing a video game has been launched by the potato industry as part of its war to block imports of New Zealand potatoes. AUSVEG, an industry body representing Australia’s 9000 vegetable growers has been fighting a biosecurity proposal to lift a 24-year import[Read[Read More…]

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US: Combined Idaho, Washington, Oregon potato crop valued at $1.98 Billion for 2013

The final value of Idaho’s 2013 potato crop was $1.02 billion, up 2 percent from 2012. In Oregon, the 2013 potato crop was valued at $189 million, up 4 percent from last year. Washington’s 2013 potato crop was valued at $792 million, up 13 percent from 2012.Source: www.theprairiestar.comSee on – Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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US: 20/20 Global, Inc. signs $10 million potato and onion contract

20/20 Global, Inc., a Nevada corporation which provides services for the wholesale fresh produce industry, announced today that it has signed potato and onion contracts with one of the largest food service companies in North America. The potato contract is for 12 months totaling 780,000 cases or approximately 39,000,000 pounds of Idaho potatoes.Source: on – Potato News You[Read More…]

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EU: Call for lift on unfair potato export barriers

A EUROPEAN farm body has called for ‘unfair’ restrictions on EU potato exports to be lifted. At a seminar in Brussels last week Copa-Cogeca pointed to the issues producers were facing with sliding prices. The price pressures are being compounded by the Russian trade embargo and UK farmers are being hit with long-term consumption declines.Source: www.farmersguardian.comSee on – Potato[Read[Read More…]

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Iran wants to export to Russia, but is dealing with problems

Russian potato prices have seen a significant increase. Last week, potatoes became 18% more expensive, fetching 20 cents per kilo. And Iranian exporters have made a wish list, in conjunction with Russian retail and importers, featuring products required by the Russian consumer. The previously announced partnership between Iran and Russia appears to be taking shape. The Iranian exporters will have[Read[Read More…]

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India: Potato traders call indefinite strike, prices likely to go up

New Delhi: Potato prices in the retail markets of the state could again shoot up with a large potato traders’ body deciding to go on an indefinite strike from tomorrow protesting against police highhandedness and government apathy towards the traders’ plight. Traders from across the state today met at Arambagh here under the aegis of Pragatisheel Alu Byabasayee Samity (PABS)[Read[Read More…]

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Sri Lanka: Government suspends potato import

The Government has decided to suspend the importing of potatoes with effect from midnight tonight, the Finance Ministry said. According to the Finance Ministry, the decision was taken in order to protect local farmers. Just last month the Finance Ministry had announced an increase on the special commodity levy on imported potatoes and big onions.Source: colombogazette.comSee on – Potato[Read[Read More…]

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US spud exports break record

The U.S. potato industry has set a record for a second consecutive marketing year for the value of its foreign exports, according to recently released numbers. The value of all classes of U.S. potato exports, at nearly $1.756 billion, was up 7 percent in the marketing year that ended in June 2014, according to USDA Global Trade Atlas statistics. Export[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Good progress on potato harvest brings further price fall

Potato lifting progress continues to outpace last season, with about 18,000ha cleared by 30 August, according to the Potato Council’s latest report. This was 3,000ha more than at the same time last year. The GB weekly average price fell by £5.36/t in the week to 29 August, to £139.97/t, while the free-buy average price rose by £2.29/t to £101.47/t. GB[Read[Read More…]

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India: West Bengal imposes potato trade ban again

The West Bengal Government will impose restriction on potato supply to neighbouring States again from Sunday in wake of a three-day strike called by its potato traders. The Bengal Government has also decided to install close circuit TV cameras (CCTVs) in border areas and toll gates to check illegal movement of potato laden trucks to Odisha and other States. Earlier,[Read[Read More…]

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Europe: Potato market sentiment far below par

In the potato market, growers and traders live from day to day. “It’s very unpredictable at the moment”, Bart Nemegheer of the Aardappelhoeve laments. “Demand is good, but prices are far below par. There is too much supply, and I expect that will last a while yet. At least until the entire yield is harvested. Then we’ll have to wait[Read[Read More…]

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US: CPAC in ‘wait-and-see’ mode with Mexican market

Mexican marketing campaigns remain in a holding pattern as the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee awaits further word on the border fully reopening for potato exports from the San Luis Valley, according to CPAC Assistant Director Linda Weyers. Weyers said in mid-August, “We’re playing the waiting game right now,” noting the committee was awarded a USDA specialty crop block grant early[Read[Read More…]

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