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US: West coast shipping hinders Idaho potato exports to Asia

Following the holiday season, prices in the Idaho potato market remain strong. “We are very encouraged by the positive market so far this year,” explains Frank Muir, President of the Idaho Potato Commission. Although Idaho’s shipping pace is ahead of last year, delays by the longshoremen’s union have created a hold up on international exports. West coast shipping problems have[Read[Read More…]

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US: Asia Pacific market to lead potato export growth

An expanding middle class in Asia and other regions is one of several reasons to be optimistic about U.S. potato exports, one analyst believes. Matthew Tripodi, government and trade relations manager for Euromonitor International, spoke Jan. 7 at an opening session workshop at Potato Expo 2015 on export opportunities for potatoes in what he called the “new global supermarket.” He[Read[Read More…]

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Russia: Seed potato imports from Finland

Seed potatoes from Finland amounting to 3,890 tonnes can be sold to Russia. This is the result of an inspection tour at the Russian Plant Protection Service Rosselkhoznadzor during 25th – 27th November 2014. Experts said that the samples from Finland didn’t contain any quarantine diseases.Source: www.freshplaza.comSee on Scoop.it – Global Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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McDonald’s Japan sales slide 21% on fries shortage

The operator of McDonald’s in Japan said today that same-store sales plunged 21% in December from a year earlier after it was hit by a shortage of french fries. McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) restricted sales of chips to small servings only from December 17 up to January 4, as a labour dispute at US West Coast ports delayed imports. In a new blow,[Read[Read More…]

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Large potato volumes lead to low prices in Europe

Large potato crops this season have made for low prices in Europe. Specialty potatoes, which usually command premium prices, have also been hit by this year’s glut of product. “We are living through a very difficult season this year,” said Gerald Lemaire of Lucas Lemaire in France. “Prices are very low due to big yields in Europe.”Source: www.freshplaza.comSee on Scoop.it[Read[Read More…]

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UK: International potato sales of Albert Bartlett taking off

According to accounts recently filed at Companies House the privately owned Bartlett International Holdings, based in Airdrie, saw pre-tax profits rise from £8.7 million to £11.45m in the 12 months to May 31, 2014. That came even though turnover dipped from £175.3m to £174.5m. The accounts show international sales rose from £385,688 to almost £3.5m as a result of growth[Read[Read More…]

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Europe: Potential bright spots in potato market

According to Romain Cools from Belgapom, it is a fact that right now it is extremely quiet on the free market. Romain indicates that they are approaching a turning point. “Between Christmas and New Year’s a lot of businesses are closed. Right now there is still some movement in export and industry. The last party, besides the expensive contracts, bought[Read[Read More…]

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2015 Forecast for the US potato industry

Paul Patterson, University of Idaho Extension agricultural economist and farm management specialist, discusses current trends in the potato industry and the outlook for 2015 in this YouTube video. See on Scoop.it – Global Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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UK: Potato growers still have their problems to face

Potato growing is on such a large, professional scale now that it’s easy to forget that growers with hundreds, even thousands, of acres still run into the same problems we had when many of us grew only a dozen or so acres. Two autumns ago, the greatest problem was harvesting in almost continuous mud and rain. This year, the problem[Read[Read More…]

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Emergency airlift puts fries back on the menu at McDonald’s in Japan

McDonald’s has said an emergency airlift of French fries to Japan has eased the nationwide shortage that forced the chain to ration them at more than 3,000 restaurants across the country. From 5 January, medium and large-sized fries will be back on the menu, almost three weeks after the fast-food giant restricted customers to small portions due to import delays.[Read[Read More…]

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Scotland: Tattie farmers at breaking point over poor prices

Scottish tattie growers have warned they could be forced to call it a day if market conditions don’t improve. The warning from NFU Scotland comes at a time when supermarkets are selling potatoes for a retail price of between £500 and £1,500 tonne, while farmers are only receiving an average of £50 a tonne for their produce. The union says[Read[Read More…]

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US: West coast labor disruption costs Idaho millions of dollars

Labor disruptions at west coast ports are damaging Idaho’s agricultural exporters.  The Idaho Department of Agriculture said negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association are creating numerous problems including congestion, slowdowns, and terminal closures. The department said the dispute is hurting Idaho agriculture directly, resulting in lack of available equipment, increased costs, and lost sales.[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho potato shipments, prices both increase

Idaho’s potato prices continue to strengthen, even as shipments have been ahead of last year’s pace. Shipments of fresh Idaho potatoes have been well ahead of last year’s pace, and prices have continued on a steady climb since harvest. According to the Idaho Potato Commission, 2014 crop shipments to date are about 1 million hundredweight above last year.Source: www.capitalpress.comSee on[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland: Potato industry looking forward to a happier new year

European funding will be crucially important in helping maintain the fabric of Ireland’s potato industry, according to a leading packer. “The planned generic promotional campaign, which is to be part financed by Europe, will provide real money to actively promote Irish potatoes on our home market,” said Robert Devlin, General Manager of the Co. Meath-based Meade Potato company.Source: www.agriland.ieSee on[Read[Read More…]

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World market for consumption potatoes stabilizes

Starting in 2011, the global (commercial) production of potatoes seems to be stabilizing at 370 million tons. Until that time, there was clear evidence of growth. It is true that production is still growing in some countries. Examples are China and India (together accounting for 37% of the world total), Bangladesh, Egypt, Peru, Malawi, Algeria, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. In many[Read[Read More…]

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US: Domestic potato season starts strong; exports slow

Domestic potato shipments are off to a good start, but delays at ports on the West Coast have slowed export shipments. “We’ve shipped more this year than last year, to-date,” Seth Pemsler, vice president of retail and international sales for Eagle-based Idaho Potato Commission, said in late November. “It’s a good year so far,” he said. Others agree.Source: www.thepacker.comSee on[Read[Read More…]

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Potato Shortage In NZ Impacts Fijian Supply

Source: fijisun.com.fjThe effects of major shortage of potatoes in New Zealand have trickled down to Fiji as major supermarkets around the country have started running out of stock. Three big supermarkets contacted yesterday confirmed the shortage attributing wet weather conditions in New Zealand as the reason potatoes could not be harvested. Even a local potato chips manufacturer, FMF Foods Limited[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho potatoes continue to strengthen brand nationally, expand it internationally

Idaho is known for potatoes. Idaho continues to lead the nation in potato production, and more than 96 percent of the Idaho Potato Commission’s target audience identify Idaho as the state best known for growing potatoes. Internationally, people also associate the Idaho name with potatoes, as Frank Muir, president of the IPC, has observed on many occasions, and Idaho now[Read[Read More…]

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Armenia exported over 20,000 tonnes of potatoes this year

Armenian potato exports totaled about 20,600 tons as of today, compared to 11,700 tons in the same period of 2013, deputy minister of agriculture Samvel Galstyan told a press conference on Tuesday. The area under crops increased by 850 hectares compared to 2013, he said.Source: arka.amSee on Scoop.it – Global Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Port slowdown hobbles Washington State potato industry

The slowdown at the Port of Seattle is negatively impacting the Washington potato industry. Washington Potato Commission executive director Chris Voigt says the president needs to step in by next week if the two sides can’t come to an agreement. A two-week slowdown at West Coast ports created by a labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and[Read[Read More…]

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US: Northwest officials and potato growers return from Southeast Asia trade mission

Northwest officials and potato growers are hopeful a recent trade mission to Southeast Asia will help spur demand for Columbia Basin spuds. The 21 delegates from the Washington and Oregon agriculture departments and potato commissions returned from the mission last week with to-do lists of follow-up needed with importers and officials from the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar, all relatively new[Read[Read More…]

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Germany: Europlant generates € 131.4 million turnover

Europlant, the German grower and marketer of seed potatoes can look back at a successful fiscal year for 2013/14, reports the German website Proplanta.de. Europe made a consolidated annual turnover of 131.4 million Euro with its 13 subsidiaries. This means an increase in turnover of 16 percent compared to the previous year. The globally sold amount of seed potatoes increased[Read[Read More…]

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