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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 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 More…]

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UK: Region’s growers play role in record potato exports

The Potato Council has announced that a new British export record was set in seed potatoes over the course of the last export season. During the last 12 years, the UK has grown exports from 70,000 per annum to more than 100,000 tonnes – the new record set in 2013/14. While the majority of seed potatoes exported from Britain are[Read More…]

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UK: Region’s growers play role in record potato exports

The Potato Council has announced that a new British export record was set in seed potatoes over the course of the last export season. During the last 12 years, the UK has grown exports from 70,000 per annum to more than 100,000 tonnes – the new record set in 2013/14. According to the industry body, the success is largely due[Read More…]

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Seed potato exports from GB outstrip previous levels once more

As Potato Council and the GB seed potato sector prepare for next months’ Potato Europe event in Germany, recent export statistics confirm that GB seed potatoes continue to be in demand around the world, with the 2013/14 figures revealing a new seed exports record from Britain. Source: www.freshplaza.com See on Scoop.it – Potato News

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The Netherlands is Europe’s leading exporter of frozen French fries

The Netherlands is responsible for almost one-third of Europe’s total production of French fries and other frozen potato dishes, according to the national statistics office CBS. This means the Netherlands is Europe’s leading seller of frozen potato products. Source: www.dutchnews.nl See on Scoop.it – Potato News

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NAV calls for supply control to prevent dramatic potato prices

The 2014/2015 potato season starts dramatically for the grower. With a selling price for free market chipping potatoes covering only about 10% of the cost price, it’s hardly justifiable to harvest the potatoes. But there is also hardly any return noticeable for processors in such a market either. Dutch agriculture union NAV has been advocating supply management as an instrument[Read More…]

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Australian potato growers urged to rethink export opportunities

Australia’s potato industry has been challenged to change its thinking when it comes to exporting. Speaking at the 2014 Potato Industry Conference, held in Mount Gambier, South Australia, on Monday, Department of Agriculture market co-ordination and strategy Andre Mayne urged the industry not to see exporting just as a home for surplus produce. Instead, he urged the sector to be[Read More…]

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India: Potato crisis may spur price rise in West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee government’s potato export ban to Odisha and Jharkhand has raised the spectre of a reciprocal action by the states, affecting the prices of not just potato but other essential commodities which reaches Bengal from these states. 119 trucks of potatoes have been seized so far. Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com See on Scoop.it – Potato News

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Pakistan: Duty-free potato import extended till Nov 15

The federal government has allowed duty-free import of another 100,000 tonnes of potatoes until November 15, 2014 to stabilise its local prices. On May 2, 2014 the government had imposed 25 per cent regulatory duty on potato export and on May 5 allowed import of 200,000 tonnes of potatoes on zero duty until July 31, 2014. However, the moves have[Read More…]

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US spud leaders mull Mexico strategy

U.S. potato industry leaders are exploring legal options after a judge in Sinoloa, Mexico, restricted access to their fresh exports, and they’ll likely pursue USDA funding to support their market-restoration efforts. Civil legal proceedings in Mexico aren’t public record as they are in the U.S. The American potato industry still hasn’t been allowed to view any court filings associated with[Read More…]

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India: Potato price up on increase in exports to Pakistan

A high quantity of potato export to Pakistan from India has not only raised domestic prices of the commodity, but has also prompted the Pakistan government to temporarily roll-back zero import duty on the commodity. Potato prices were Rs 1,415 per quintal in Agra a month ago which went up to Rs 1,670 today while in Kolkata it went up[Read More…]

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US: Pepsi says new potato chip product will bring higher profit

PepsiCo raised its forecast for the year and said its new Lay’s potato chips — including a cappuccino variety — should help boost its profit in the months ahead. The company, which also owns Tropicana, Gatorade and Quaker, said global volume for both its snacks and drinks rose one per cent in the second quarter. In its Frito-Lay North America[Read More…]

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UK: Potato exports to Egypt up 20 per cent

British seed potato exports to Egypt have risen by almost 20 per cent this season as overseas demand for one of the country’s strongest exports continues to rise. A total of over 103,000 tonnes of seed potatoes were exported from Britain during the 2013/2014 season, a 30 per cent increase during the last decade. And trade body Potato Council said[Read More…]

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UK: Decline in fresh potato sales slows down

The fall in sales of fresh potatoes has slowed, according to the latest Potato Council figures. Volume sales fell 3.7% year on year in the 12 weeks ending 22 June [Kantar Worldpanel], compared with a 6% decline last quarter. Source: www.thegrocer.co.uk See on Scoop.it – Potato News

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Ukrainian potatoes are coming back to Belarus

The Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service in Ukraine inform that from July 31, Belarus lifts the embargo of Ukrainian potatoes. The officials claim that from July 31, the temporary embargo on potato export from Ukraine into Belarus is lifted. Source: www.freshplaza.com See on Scoop.it – Potato News

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India: Ban to continue on transportation of potato outside Bengal

To prevent rising prices of potato in the state, the West Bengal government has decided to continue a ban on its transportation to other states and abroad until a normal situation was restored. The state should give priority to its own demand and contain the rising prices of potato before transporting them to other states or countries like Bangladesh, Nepal,[Read More…]

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Vietnam: Authorities to tighten control over disguised Chinese potatoes

Tens of tons of low quality potatoes from China are continuously sold as Da Lat home-grown potatoes when  the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the highlands province of Lam Dong promised it would tighten control over potato sale to protect consumers’ benefits. The market management board of Da Lat Agricultural Market July 27 confirmed from the early July[Read More…]

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Canadian potato exports show signs of life

After a decade of declining domestic demand, North America’s potato industry may have a reason to feel hopeful. Kevin MacIsaac, United Potato Growers of Canada general manager, said North American processors exported near record amounts of frozen potatoes to Asia this spring. “There have been some interesting things happening in the frozen market in the last two or three months,”[Read More…]

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Italian potato season not picking up speed

“After a new potato campaign characterised by oversupply, the potato campaign is also looking bleak,” explains Domenico Citterio. The entrepreneur says that “in Campania and Apulia, we even decided to interrupt operations because of the lack of demand. We cannot even quantify how much of the produce won’t be harvested. Northern Italy is at a standstill too.” Source: www.freshplaza.com See[Read More…]

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Spain: Early potato production up 18.5% in 2014

Spain’s early potato production will grow by 18.5% this year compared to 2013, reaching 360,700 tonnes, while mid-season volumes will drop by 5.6%, down to 962,600 tonnes. For their part, the latest data on agricultural production and acreage supplied by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) state that the harvest of the “rec. 1-i/31-v” tomato variety will increase by 7.6%, reaching 1,104,900 tonnes.

Source: www.freshplaza.com

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US: Prices for spuds this summer are getting mashed

Timing is key for potato growers to get a good price and the market is soft right now. As Idaho fresh potato prices started to rise this spring, some may have hoped the higher prices would have remained. But within the past few weeks the Idaho potato industry experienced an estimated 40 percent drop in potato prices.

Source: www.idahostatejournal.com

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India: Pricey potatoes no more the staple diet

Gone are the days when one of the most versatile food in a poor man’s kitchen used to be potatoes and onions. The average Delhi woman is having a tough time managing her house-hold budget as the prices of vegetables are always in a flux. Vegetables that add the much needed zing to Indian food such as ginger and garlic are being sold at Rs 200 and Rs 100 per kg respectively. They are now among the priciest in South Delhi. Anita Singh, a resident of Vasant Kunj said the prices of onion, tomato and potato have gone up and every time she visits the market, the prices are higher than before.

Source: www.thehindu.com

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U.S. potato shipments resume in Mexico

Exports of U.S. potatoes to Mexico resumed within the 16-mile region inside the U.S.-Mexican border July 7, but there is uncertainty when full access will be restored. After about a decade of limiting U.S. potato export sales to within 16 miles of the U.S. border, Mexican officials in mid-May opened all of Mexico to U.S. fresh potato exports. Citing pest concerns, a Mexican potato growers group filed a lawsuit to block the market expansion, however, and Mexico’s department of agriculture, SAGARPA, on June 9 temporarily suspended all U.S. fresh potatoes to Mexico.

Source: www.thegrower.com

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Idaho spud market collapses

Idaho’s fresh potato prices have fallen nearly $6 per hundredweight in the past couple of weeks, and industry can find no explanation for the decline. Idaho’s fresh potato industry has seen markets collapse over the last two or three weeks, and no one seems to know why. “There are as many theories as there are people,” said Bruce Huffaker, publisher of North American Potato Market News.

Source: www.capitalpress.com

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