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Scottish seed potato Brexit concerns

Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon has written to Minister of State at DEFRA George Eustice seeking urgent clarification and assurance that Scottish seed potatoes can continue to be exported to third countries, such as Egypt, in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. This is all the more urgent given that the UK will not be a listed third country[Read More…]

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EU to challenge Colombia at WTO to protect Belgium fries

The European Union will file a complaint at the World Trade Organization against Colombia over duties imposed on imports of frozen potato fries, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Monday. Colombia imposed anti-dumping duties of up to 8% in November 2018 on frozen fries from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany after complaining that the prices of these imports were[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission doubles up to push message at event

The Produce News reports that when Idaho Potato Commission representatives encounter customers for their product at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit, they have a singular message: continue to stock and promote Idaho potatoes as the premium potato in the category. The trade commodity group uses multiple vehicles to hammer home this message. The organization will have a large booth[Read More…]

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Red River Valley growers in the US report various conditions

Growers in the Red River Valley report that varying weather conditions across the valley could affect harvest conditions and volumes. “Conditions have varied depending on location,” said Carissa Olsen, chief operating officer of Buxton, N.D.-based NoKota Packers Inc.  “Some areas had adequate moisture, some below average and some are very wet.” Droughts, followed by periods of heavy rain have taken place[Read[Read More…]

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Analyst Insight: No-deal Brexit in the seed potato sector

The seed sector makes up around 11% of potato production in Great Britain. Most (c.70%) is planted in Scotland, where unique growing conditions help to assure the high health status of the seed, writes Sara Maslowski, Senior Analyst at AHDB. She writes: “We typically export 16-17% of our total GB seed crop each year. Around three quarters of UK seed[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, according to a report issued by 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[Read More…]

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How extreme weather has hit UK and European potato yields

Potato yields are looking better in the UK than elsewhere in north-west Europe, where it is still too dry to lift crops, according to a report published by Farmers Weekly.  According to the report, the potato crop is forecast to be 3% larger than average in north-west Europe, despite extreme summer weather pushing the average yield down 2.4t/ha below the five-year mean. [Read More…]

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Overview of the European potato market (week 39)

In Belgium, markets are still firm, with almost no price change and (very) few free transactions. Few industrial buyers actively looking for potatoes. Limited offer due to harvest difficulties and prospects of low average yields. The demand for exports is very strong from various destinations in Southern and Eastern Europe, as well as the Middle East and Africa. For the[Read More…]

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‘Adopt a potato farmer’ program viewed by millions around the world

Side Delights’ in the US’s “Adopt a Potato Farmer” program has brought awareness to food bloggers and their audiences. The program paired regional food bloggers and Fresh Solutions Network farmers who grow Side Delights potatoes to share their stories, according to a news release. Bloggers shared farmers’ stories and recipes on their websites and social media platforms and generated more than two[Read More…]

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US potato export opportunities boosted by funding

Through two rounds of Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) funding allocations, Potatoes USA was awarded over $5.1 million for activities and programs to increase U.S. potato export opportunities. Potatoes USA’s strategy for the ATP funding includes focusing on new activities and projects in existing target markets while expanding into new markets to increase overall demand and opportunities. Creating programs in[Read More…]

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Harvesting woes for potato growers in Ireland

A great number of early crop Rooster potato growers will finish up harvesting this week. Rainfall is continuing to cause problems for harvesting, though – particularly in Donegal. Some growers have resumed harvesting this week but conditions are quite poor. Digging of the main season crop is expected to commence in the next two weeks. Reports from the UK indicate[Read More…]

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Video: AHDB Exports at Potato Europe 2019

The AHDB Export team have been out in force representing the British potato industry at Potato Europe 2019 in Belgium this month (September 2019). Representatives from around the world visited Kain, near Tournai, on 4 and 5 September to network with professionals from across the supply chain. On the AHDB stand were organic seed growers, Skea Organics, ware potato specialists[Read More…]

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Tasmanian McCain potato growers gain price increase

Tasmanian potato growers, supplying McCain now will receive a long-awaited price increase; grower Beau Gooch said the $33 per ton increase would help put profitability back. “It’s the biggest price rise we have had for a lot of years. It’s going to make a lot of difference. The price rises we have had the last few years haven’t even really[Read More…]

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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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