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For Salmonella outbreak affecting 652 consumers

Ron Simon & Associates files nation's first onion salmonella lawsuit

Today, the national food safety law firm of Ron Simon & Associates, along with Peterson Lawyers in Boise, Idaho, filed the first lawsuit in the nation as the U.S. Centers for…

Potato market report week 42:

'Autumn holidays made for a quiet market'

Market activity for ware potatoes was mostly quiet. The autumn vacations in the city states as well as in NRW contributed to this. The sometimes abundant availability did not always harmonize with the accommodation possibilities, says the BLE market update. Provided the supply was not too great, dealers were…

Potato imports Kazakhstan at highest level of recent years

Kazakhstan diminished the volume of potato exports by 50%, increasing its imports by 2.6 times in the first eight months of 2021. Andriy Yarmak, economist at the Investment…

Jan Franje, Franje Onions:

"Making a profit in the onion trade is not easy at the moment".

"It is currently very difficult to make your margin in the onion trade. The growers are stuck on it and the bale price doesn't really want to go up," observes Jan Franje of Franje Onions. "If you do the math to buy and sell, there is nothing in between. The price of yellow onions is currently around…

Russian onion growers forced to cut prices

Prices for onions have started to drop in Russia this week. Key market players claim that only surpluses or onions of low quality unsuitable for long-term storage are on sale…

Harvest update October 20, 2021

'Potato harvest is in the final stages across Canada'

The potato harvest is in the final stages across the country. Most provinces (with the exception of British Columbia) have enjoyed excellent harvest conditions without cool…

Kenyan company sees great options in supplying fries to international fast-food chains

Although raw potatoes are grown across Africa, many of the most established foreign restaurants there still source frozen produce from Europe and elsewhere. This is a huge…

Regarding possible health risk

Prosource Produce LLC voluntarily recalls whole raw onions shipped from Chihuahua, Mexico

ProSource Produce LLC of Hailey, Idaho, is voluntarily recalling whole raw onions (red, yellow, and white) shipped from Chihuahua, Mexico, between July 1, 2021, and August 31, 2021, because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The products are whole raw onions (red, yellow, and…

Market and Crop Update for October 21, 2021

“This week demand for onions is fair, and pricing is good”

MARKET Washington/Columbia Basin/Peru: Dan Borer with Keystone Fruit Marketing reported in on Oct. 20 from his sales office in Walla Walla, WA. “This week demand is fair, and…

NOA registration underway for 2021 Annual Convention in Puerto Rico

Registration is now underway for the National Onion Association’s 2021 Convention Dec. 1-4 at Fairmont El San Juan in gorgeous San Juan, Puerto Rico. Convention registration…

Sarwat Radwan (AKL ExoFresh Ltd) on the approaching season start

"Early start of the Egyptian spring onion campaign"

The Egyptian spring onion campaign is already in the starting blocks: shortly before the end of the month, the first batches from North Africa will arrive in the German trade. "Due to the relatively early end of the season for domestic spring onions and the correspondingly lousy supply situation, the…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 20th October

'Weather conditions have been favourable for harvesting over the past few weeks'

Trade remains buoyant as the October bank holiday weekend is approaching. Good demand is being reported, in the processing sector particularly and retail trade is steady.  Weather conditions over the past few weeks have been favourable for growers harvesting although this is likely to change with wetter conditions…

UK potato yields have improved after good ground conditions

Approximately half of this year’s potato maincrop is now out of the ground. According to a local potato packer, Wilson’s Country, good ground conditions are improving the…

Russia expands potato imports from Iran, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan

Record prices for potatoes in Russia and fears of a shortage of potatoes in the 2021/22 season are forcing Russian traders to look for suppliers around the world. Since Russia…

The Italian company Patazù

A new season is about to begin for the Salento sweet potato

"Compared to last season, we are about 30 days behind schedule. At the moment, the tubers are still completing their ripening and swelling phase, but we believe we can start harvesting the first tubers by the end of October and continue placing them on the market until well into December,” said Francesco…

France: The Collective of the traditional shallot of Brittany wants to federate in order to better promote and protect

The Collective of the traditional shallot of Brittany wants to federate all actors of the sector around a common objective: to better promote the traditional shallot of…

FDA announces investigation of Salmonella outbreak linked to whole, fresh onions

The following quote is attributed to Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response: “The FDA, along with the CDC and our state and local partners, is…

A-INSIGHTS

Low priced imports from Belgium gain import share in US

Global trade volumes of frozen potato products stabilizing

Analysts at Market and consumer data analytics company A-INSIGHTS report that global frozen potato trade volumes have stabilized in July, with the year-to-date volume remaining 0.5% above the pre-COVID levels of 2019. Compared to July 2019, the monthly trade volume was down 0.3%, driven mainly by a 7.6%…

Demand expected to increase during festive season

Price of potatoes down in South Africa

Potato prices in South Africa have dropped in recent weeks, but that is after a good run of more than a 100% increase over the last year. Current prices are hovering around…

Maine potato harvest: 2021 turns out to be a good year

Maine’s potato harvesters are having a good year. The state is usually around the ninth-biggest potato producing state in the US, with a crop of close to 2 billion pounds. The…

University of Hawaii Manoa research

Search for the perfect sweet potato may help out Hawaii growers

In a recent study, researchers discovered two new and promising Hawaiian heritage sweet potatoes that could bring millions back to Hawaii’s native people. Of course, sweet…

Indian onion prices continue to rise

The average price of Indian onions rose by 60% in the two weeks up to 13th October 2021 due to unfavorable weather causing supply shortages. The 2021 monsoon season arrived…

Aroostook potato crop so great, growers need airplane hangars to store it

The warehouses and airplane hangars of Loring Air Force Base have acquired new tenants; millions of freshly harvested Aroostook County potatoes. The base has been largely…

Penn State potato research program gains valuable insights for the industry

Pennsylvania has more potato chip manufacturers than any other state in the US. Robert Leiby, agronomist for Pennsylvania Co-Operative Potato Growers, has said those…

Dutch coop now does daily sweet potato auction

Yesterday was a first for the Dutch cooperative, ZON fruit & vegetables. They began with daily sweet potato auctions. They are supplied by Franc Goertz, who cultivates them locally in the…

Irish maincrop potato harvest: Significant variation in yields

Potato packer Wilson’s Country is confirming that approximately half of this year’s maincrop is now out of the ground. Still, growers throughout Ireland are reporting…

Moldova exported potatoes to North Macedonia for the first time

Abnormally low potato prices in Moldova this season have made this nation, usually a net importer of potatoes, a significant exporter in September-October 2021. A first batch…

Bureau of Customs intervenes at Port of Cagayan de Oro

P3 mln worth of smuggled onions from China confiscated

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has confiscated some P3 million (€51,000) worth of onions at the Port of Cagayan de Oro. The goods are believed to have been smuggled into the…

National Potato Council announces new event: Washington Summit

U.S. potato growers and industry partners from around the country are invited to the nation’s capital for the new NPC Washington Summit, Feb. 28-March 3, 2022, to help fulfill…

William Nannes, J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders: "What will the stats show later this month?"

"Hard-pressed to fill orders on the onion market"

Onion exports seemed a little calmer last week and this week. That is according to William Nannes of J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders in the Netherlands. A reasonable amount of onions has been leaving. And the latest export figures of 30,000 tons aren't bad. But I expect the current figures to be a bit…

EastFruit

Record-breaking exports of onions from Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan

The volume of onion exports from Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan has increased ten-fold times over the past few years. Possibly, the final volume of 2021 may exceed the record volume of the last years, and the share of Turkmenistan in the total volume of onion exports from Uzbekistan will increase by 150…

Indian government undertakes targeted release of onions to check prices

This weekend, the Indian government said it is carrying out ‘calibrated and targeted release’ of onion stocks from its buffer for moderating rising prices. The Department of…

Nathalie Manceau, Val’Prim:

“The onion volumes are almost the same as last year”

The company Val’prim started harvesting its new yellow onions at the end of June, with a delay of 8 to 10 days due to rainfall. “We started with the yellow onions, followed by the shallots, red and pink onions, echalions and sauciers,” explains Nathalie Manceau, general director of Val’Prim. This year, the…

Potato market report week 41:

'Good demand from catering, canteens and export'

Food retailers are continuing to try to stimulate scarce demand with promotional campaigns. In the south, the harvest is largely over. In the north, too, clearing is slowly coming to an end. In addition to wireworm damage and Erwinia, there are increasing complaints about hollow hearts and, in some…

Alberta Potato Conference cancelled

The Potato Growers of Alberta recently announced that they have had to decide to cancel the upcoming Alberta Potato Conference and Tradeshow. It was to be held on November…

Bangladesh: Government cuts onion import tariff

The government of Bangladesh has removed the 5% customs duty on the import of onion, hoping to increase the supply of these goods in the local market. However, the 5%…

Philippines, Bureau of Customs

BoC files charges against trading firms and brokers for garlic & onion smuggling

In the Philippines, the Bureau of Customs has filed criminal charges against four trading firms and their brokers for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of onions and…

To provide organically pasteurized dried onions

Olam Food Ingredients and Agri-Neo form industry-first partnership

Olam Food Ingredients (OFI), a global player in natural and sustainable ingredients and solutions, has announced that its spices business is entering into a strategic…

France: A more realistic plan to eliminate plastic packaging

The fresh market potato sector has presented an operational and ambitious “plan to eliminate plastic packaging” to the French government, for a gradual end of plastic…

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Regional & exclusive at SPAR Tirol

Peak season for Tyrolean onions from Hall

Christoph Bliem runs a farm in Hall in Tyrol with his wife Petra. Along with eggs and potatoes, the two specialize in Tyrolean onions - which are now available at SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR in Tyrol. This makes SPAR the exclusive food partner of the Bliem family, which also supplies selected Tyrolean…

The price of potatoes at origin has fallen by 50% in the Peruvian valley of Majes

"We want authorities to declare a national state of emergency for agriculture"

Potato producers in the Majes Valley, in the province of Castilla, Arequipa, are concerned about the 50% drop in potato prices at origin. The price of a kilo of potatoes has…

Ukraine continues to export potatoes to Belarus

Ukrainian industry experts claim that the attractiveness of exporting potatoes to the Belarusian market continues to grow, and its export shipments continue. During the past…

Maine 2021 potato harvest said to be looking good

The Maine Potato Board stated that the harvest, which is wrapping up right now, has about 8,000 new acres of production, which it says is necessary to meet the demand. The…

Idaho sees 40 percent reduction in 2021-2022 onion crop

Idaho onions have finished with harvest and one grower says there’s a 40 percent reduction in the crop over last year. “I attribute it to five different things,” says Shay Myers of Parma, ID-based Owyhee Produce. “There was record dry weather, record windy weather, record high temperatures, record…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 13th October

Dry weather has improved lifting conditions around Ireland

Retail demand has eased slightly in Ireland, although colder weather forecasted should improve trade again. The food service sector continues to thrive, although this is traditionally a quieter period. Dry weather has improved lifting conditions around the country.  Yields are reported to be very ‘average’…

Retailers commit to sustainable potatoes

The UK Robust Potato Pledge 2021 has been launched to help growers move away from potatoes that are susceptible to blight – a disease that can quickly devastate entire potato…

"Let’s reconnect the potato chain!"

After more than two years, the first major international meeting platform for the potato chain will finally see the light of day: on Sunday 28, Monday 29 and Tuesday 30…

"We have obtained good results in the traditional early onion areas and in La Mancha"

BASF presents a short-day sweet onion variety that stands out for its uniformity

The sweet onion market is growing, to the point that the large distribution chains are showing increasing interest in this product and, above all, in its organoleptic characteristics.  NUN 1006 is BASF's new short-day sweet onion variety, an onion variety that complies with the market's highest quality standards,…

Melissa Gea, sales manager at Grand Étal Bio

“The market should pick up this month”

Grand Étal Bio was founded 3 years ago by Antoine Gea. The family business started out as a service provider, but one year ago, it began producing organic French garlic and sweet potatoes. “We will start harvesting the sweet potatoes in about 2 weeks and we are expecting some 80 tons for this season,”…

New potato variety CIP-Matilde:

Using wild potato relatives to adapt agricultural practices

Climate change is creating many problems for farmers. A new potato variety called CIP-Matilde, developed by the International Potato Center (CIP) with support from the Crop…

KFC Japan sees supply of French fries run out due to shipping and logistic issues

Japan’s KFC has suspended sales of its French fries after the fast food chain ran out of potatoes. On social media, KFC posted a message saying it has stopped selling the…

This Dutch onion packhouse runs like clockwork

Can you run an entire onion packhouse with just a handful of people? MSP Onions has proven it is, indeed, possible. This Dutch company had a new packhouse built two years ago. In it, machines, software, and intelligent networks have taken over labor-intensive tasks. With the completion of a sizable…

Potato processors affected by sagging production

Potatoes eastern Canada doing well - west now sees impacts of excessive heat

The potato harvest is underway in Canada. There are however varying regional results, from a near-record harvest to too-short in supply. Kevin MacIsaac, United Potato Growers…

Proper curing improves sweet potato quality and shelf life

According to Shaun Francis, Extension horticulture specialist for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, farmers should cure their sweet potato crop for a period of time to…

Ireland witnesses first dedicated potato supplier to chippers

Meadowfresh Foods in Tallow, Co. Waterford and O'Shea Farms/Iverk Produce, based in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, have joined forces to become Ireland’s first dedicated fresh…

Operators refuse to harvest the Monalisa potato crop due to a virus that does not affect its consumption

The agricultural organization UPA CyL has denounced an issue that certain potato producers of the autonomous community, mainly of the Monalisa variety, are currently facing.…

Bangladesh: Government plans to raise agricultural exports to US$ 2 billion

The government of Bangladesh has drafted two roadmaps to boost the country’s annual exports of agricultural goods to US$ 2 billion within the next two fiscal years. A…

USDA

National Retail Report - Specialty Crops

Potatoes, onions and carrots heavily advertised in the US

Now that fall's warm days and cool nights have arrived in most areas of the country, potatoes, onions and carrots were heavily advertised in the US, as well as celery, hard squash, mushrooms, cabbage, greens, and tomatoes. Pumpkins took up quite a bit of ad space this week, because of the season’s…

Rovema Benelux presents Innotech Revo 3800 at Interpom Kortrijk in Belgium:

"These are the latest potato packaging novelties"

This spring, Rovema Benelux acquired Innotech and packaging company Prins Verpakkingstechniek. "That's tremendously increased our chances of offering our customers suitable solutions. For example, a worldwide team of approximately 750 people has been added. They have a wealth of experience and technical…

Fresh Produce Development Agency

Papua New Guinea: FPDA increases investment in bulb onions

The Fresh Produce Development Agency (FPDA) has increased investments in bulb onion production and extended training of onion growers in the Western Highlands of Papua New…

Tjerk Nagel, Konaxx Onions:

"Good, diverse onion demand with stable prices"

"We can't complain about the onion market, but it's not exceptional either," says Tjerk Nagel of Konaxx Onions in the Netherlands. "The advance forecasts were dire. However, the lower yields have created a bit of a mood. And we all benefit from that." "Prices are currently stable. Grower prices are at €0.10/€0.11.…

Bangladesh Agriculture Minister Razzaque

“Onion prices will cool down within 15 to 20 days”

Yesterday, Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque said that the soaring onion prices will come down after imports and summer harvest arrive in the market within 15 to 20 days.…

Technico reshapes Indian potato value chain

Technico Agri Sciences Ltd, which is (a 100% subsidiary of ITC Ltd., is an Agri-Biotech Company involved in the business of producing and selling 'Early Generation' high vigor…

Northeastern India

Nagaland to sign MOU to enhance potato production

A team of officials from the International Potato Centre (CIP) is set to visit Nagaland in order to sign a Memorandum of Understanding before the end of the year.  MD of Focus-Nagaland,…

India: Afghanistan onion imports resume

The bilateral trade between Afghanistan and India is slowly returning to its normal equilibrium after the regime change in the former nation. After dry fruit, now shipments of…

Pulsemaster

Reducing water use by more than 100,000 l per day

McCain Foods Tasmania installs Pulsemaster PEF-tech innovation

McCain Foods has installed state-of-the-art tech in the form of a Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) generator. It is part of the company’s latest upgrade to its Smithton plant in Tasmania. The PEF generator is another example of McCain’s commitment to producing more with less, as the $1.8 million project,…

Cristiani: 'Selenella has exceeded 80% sales in the large-scale retail trade'.

A positive time for the potato market

There is a high demand for potatoes and prices are bringing some relief to producers. Within this trend, the Italian company Selenella is strengthening its market position, according to Massimo Cristiani, president of the consortium. "The sales season is positive for the all the market and we are growing…

Rinus Wisse, Wiscomex, the Netherlands:

“The worst of the container shortages seems to be over”

Yields, containers, quality: all factors that contribute to renewed price speculation on the Dutch onion market. Nevertheless, according to Rinus Wisse of Wiscomex, you need a little common sense. "Whether you're a grower, packer, or exporter. You simply have to consider your own position. Don't take too…

Filipino food program helps potato farmers raise yields

A new project, initiated by Universal Robina Corp. (URC) in collaboration with the Filipino government, will allow the nation’s potato growers to thrive during the current…

South African potato prices doubled over the past year

Prices for potatoes in South Africa have seen a big upsurge over the past year, as record highs for the produce have been reached. Last week, a bag of 10kg potatoes surged 13%…

Mateusz Maćkowski, Global Onions, the Netherlands:

“We can supply onion sets to the industry until as late as January or February”

In the Netherlands, Global Onions' Mateusz Maćkowski has no shortage of industry onions. "I think we'll still have onion sets until January or February," he says. "Most sorters are already switching to seed onions. We, however, still have plenty of leftover winter onions. There are quite a few iffy lots…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 6th October

Haulage issues continue to dominate movement into packers’ stores in the UK

Potato markets remain steady, with strong demand reported at processing and retail level. Liftings are continuing well throughout Ireland, with some regions nearing completion and progress continuing in Donegal.   Many growers are reporting that crops are slow to die back after desiccation, as many were only sprayed…

EastFruit

Remarkably high exports of potatoes from Georgia

Russian demand for potatoes from the latest harvest in Georgia is driven by the recent unfavorable situation in the Russian market. Heavy rains in Russia make it difficult for growers to harvest potatoes, and local supplies are very limited. Moreover, the average harvest has dropped significantly this…

Pakistan: Economic Coordination Committee considers ban on tomato & onion exports

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) with the Pakistani cabinet will consider imposing a ban on export of tomatoes and onions. This should help bring down prices, despite…

Guido Aaldering:

“Everyone finishes their own onions first”

Dutch organic onion sets' quality is disappointing. Organic onions will, however, have a good season. That is Guido Aaldering's cautious prediction. The market was not yet…

West Bengal state

Transport subsidy for inter-state potato exports

Following a bumper production of potatoes this year, the West Bengal state government has decided to offer transport subsidy for inter-state trade and export of the crop. The…

A cleaner handling process and finished product for Bowa onions

Dust and waste — they are uninvited but unavoidable guests in the onion hall. Good extraction helps, but more is needed to achieve an optimal working environment. That’s why onion sorter Bowa invested in a completely new dust extraction installation. Jozé and Sjoerd in front of the new installetion at…

Marius Jansen, JJK Uienhandel:

“Dutch onion yield forecast adjusted due to rain, mildew, leaf spot disease”

It is the beginning of September. And Marius Jansen of JJK Uienhandel is optimistic about the Dutch onion season's progress. "We thought we'd have an abundance of onions. That's why everyone thought prices would be dismal. But now, volumes are down. That's due to a combination of heavy rainfall, mildew,…

“Demand for spring onions in Europe is rather high”

The Egyptian spring onion season has already started, but the produce that is destined for export will be harvested in a few weeks from now. According to one exporter, demand is strong at the moment, as the Germans have finished up their season. Rise in fuel and labor costs could lead to higher prices as…

Myanmar onion price up due to demand from Bangladesh

As more and more Myanmar onions are being purchased by Bangladeshi traders, local Myanmar onion prices are up. In March, the price of domestic onion was between Ks 250 and Ks…

Antoine Geysels, Top’Pom:

France: Disappointing potato yields in the Aube department this year

As the season begins, the volumes of potatoes on the fresh market are limited. “Overall, the yields are limited,” explains Antoine Geysels of Top’Pom, a group of about 20 potato producers who have just ended the harvest of Agata, the dominant variety in the entire production. “We are satisfied with the…

Miss Tata makes its début at Fruit Attraction in Madrid

The collective brand created by Porbatata to promote Portuguese potatoes in the domestic and international markets, will be present for the first time at Fruit Attraction in…

India: Vegetable prices up, except potatoes and onions

Prices of select vegetables all over India have been going up for the last few weeks. According to trade and market sources, excessive late rains in September, followed by high prices of petrol and diesel have largely been the reasons behind the hike in vegetable prices. In contrast, the wholesale rates of…

Kees van den Bosch, Freeland:

“Scandinavia took noticeably fewer Dutch onions this year”

The rain considerably affected this year's European onion cultivation. That's according to Kees van den Bosch of the Freeland trading firm in the Netherlands. "Entire regions…

Ausveg

Potato export update

From January to June 2021, Australian potato export volumes have dropped

Australian potato exporters have continued to supply international markets during for the first six months of 2021, all the while experiencing market and logistical disruptions. Total potato export value has dropped 6% to AUD$22,420,507 and volumes are down 8% to 30,759 tonnes compared to the same period…

Government of Ghana to support largest potato exporter

Minister for Food and Agriculture dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has pledged his government’s support for Maphlix Trust Farms Limited, Ghana’s largest exporter of potatoes. Felix…

Russian Federation: Higher potato yield in Rostov region

Harvesting of various crops continues in the Rostov region. Despite the fact that harvesting started a little later in the Rostov region due to the weather, more than 80% of…

North Korea

Yanggang Province: School teachers mobilized for potato harvest

School teachers in Yanggang Province have been mobilized to harvest potatoes. A source says they are heading to the farms earlier than in previous years with a poor harvest…

Maarten van Damme, Dacomex, the Netherlands:

"Thanks to this new building, we can handle the fall peak better"

In 2018, Dutch onion and potato exporter, Dacomex drew up the first plans for their new building. This summer, the new warehouse's new production line was completed. Maarten van Damme, who represents this family business's fourth generation, is delighted with the expansion. "Instead of 40 tons, we can…

US potato sales strong in MY2020-21

The marketing year that ended in June 2021 was quite unique. With on and off pandemic restrictions from June 2020 to July 2021, foodservice sales fluctuated. All the while,…

Spain

"National potato seeds are always sold at half the price of imported seeds"

The potato for consumption and seed potato seasons have begun in Castilla y Leon. The Santa Isabel seed potato cooperative is one of the oldest cooperatives devoted to growing…

Potato market report week 39:

Total nationwide harvest volume at 10.6 million tons

The demand on the potato market is still satisfactory, the Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Agriculture has declared. Stocking campaigns in the food retail sector have led to a slight upturn in sales. The market is still supplied mainly with regional goods. Due to good harvest conditions, potato…

Kenya: Taita Taveta County growers take to potato farming

Kenya’s National Treasury imposed a 30 percent duty on potatoes imported from outside the umbrella market of the East Africa Community in early June 2021. Treasury Cabinet…

Nigerian farmers see hectares of potato fields submerged by flood

Nigerian farmers in Galam - Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State – have seen many  hectares of potato fields submerged by water. Secretary of the Potato Farmers Association…

Prince de Bretagne, France

Pink onion yield expected to be good this season

Prince de Bretagne said it expects good volumes and quality of this season’s pink onions and PDO Roscoff onions. It mentioned the rains that came at just the right time,…

Potato prices unlikely to increase much in Moldova

Wholesale prices for potatoes of the 2021 harvest in Moldova have been in the range of 2-3 MDL/kg ($0.11-0.17/kg) for the third week already. This is, in effect, the lowest…

All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association

PFVA opposes ban on export of onions and tomatoes

The All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) has opposed the proposed ban on export of onion besides expressing surprise at the…

Annual demand for potatoes in Bangladesh is about 9 million tons

The annual demand for potatoes in Bangladesh is approximately 9 million tons. The Bangladesh Cold Storage Association (BCSA) urged the government to provide a Tk9 (€0.09)…

Chinese onion export declines due to increased trade risks

Mid-season and late-season onions from production areas in Gansu supplied the Chinese market at the same time, causing a sudden increase in market supply volumes. The price of…

Latest version of Haith’s Rota-Tip to launch at British Potato 21

With over 170 machines sold, Haith’s Rota-tip range is the potato industry’s most popular box tippler, and visitors to this year’s British Potato will be the first to see the next generation of the class-leading machine. The Rota-tip PRO, which has had a patent application granted, will take centre stage…

USDA

For Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

Combined value of all potatoes sold in 2020 at $1.82 billion

The final value of Idaho's 2020 potato crop sold was $912 million, down 5 percent from 2019. The marketing year average price for potatoes in Idaho was $7.28 per cwt, down $0.70 from last year. In Oregon, the value of potatoes sold in 2020, at $199 million, decreased 7 percent from last year. The potato…

Good yields, but a drop in pricing for North Carolina sweet potatoes

North Carolina is just starting up its harvest on sweet potatoes. “We’re actually a bit later this year to start. Normally the week after Labor Day is when we start but this year we’re behind due to a lot of early rain. That’s good for the growing season but we felt like it washed away a lot of fertilizer,”…

Even Greener: The future starts in the ground

The potato is a sustainable choice. It has a very small Carbon footprint, compared to rice or wheat and it's getting even smaller now. We present you Even Greener; a selection…

Foto: Anrahter Spargelhof

Special potato pre-sprouting boxes provide a basis for good growth and higher yields

Pre-sprouting for a better potato harvest

According to bekuplast Ltd, a successful harvest depends on many factors besides the weather: The selection of the right varieties, good soil cultivation, balanced fertilization, caring for the plants and, last but not least, the quality of the planting material. Pre-germination boxes from bekuplast…

Upward price trend continues in Russian potato market

The upward trend in prices continues in the Russian potato market. Prices have already reached a record level over the past few years. Due to heavy rains, Russian producers…

Maestro XL+S - Mobile machine for filling and emptying 2 ton bins

Storage in bins offer 100% traceability and are finding more and more advantages for various reasons, resulting in an increasing demand for 2T bins. Professional potato growers choose for the large format 2T bins because of their large acreage. As these growers harvest today with two or more 4-row…

Carl Grandidier, Origines Cévennes

Cévennes sweet onions: large volumes due to big calibers

The harvest of Cévennes sweet onions ended approximately 10 days ago. Because of the heavy rainfall, the harvest was delayed, but less than expected. “We had a heatwave which allowed the onions to dry well, so we were able to start harvesting a little earlier than expected,” explains Carl Grandidier of…

Philippines: Customs destroys P13.5 millions worth of 'misdeclared' onions

Imported onions from China worth PHP13.5 million (€230,000) were destroyed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) 10 (Northern Mindanao) recently. The goods were mislabeled. According…

Nigerian sweet potato farmers set to boost production

Sweet potato farmers in Nigeria have made known their readiness to increase production just as industrialisation of the root crop is embraced by puree processors and bread…

Madhya Pradesh potato growers troubled as prices crash

The drop in industrial use of potatoes during the pandemic has dampened prices, making it unprofitable for farmers. It has also caused large stocks at cold storages even after…

Pakistan government considers freezing tomato & onion exports

The Pakistani government is set to impose a ban on the export of tomatoes and onions for three months, in order to stop recent price hikes. Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin…

Potato and vegetable prices hit new highs in Russia

There are currently record high prices being paid for vegetables in Russia. Most of vegetables have risen in price by 1,5 to 2 times compared to last year and have set new…

Better 2021 potato crop for PEI growers

PEI growers will get underway with their potato crops starting this week. “Things are right on time this year, maybe a bit early,” says Jennifer Harris of Mid Isle Farms in Albany, PEI. “There’s been a small amount of shipment already but the only thing harvested so far, for the most part, would be early…

11th World Potato Congress

'The changing world of the potato'

The 11th World Potato Congress (WPC) will be held in Ireland from 30th May - 2nd June 2022. WPC 2022 Ireland. The WPC 2022 is the world's leading event for potato…

Colombia's ICA warns of the presence of a disease in potato crops in the department of Nariño

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) confirmed the presence of phytoplasmas associated with the Punta Morada de la Papa (PMP) disease in potato crops in Nariño. Thus,…

Large market potential for onions in Ghana

An analysis of the onion market in Ghana would pave the way for future investments in the commodity value chain. The Bawku red and Galmi onion varieties are the most commonly…

New campaign afoot to get Irish farmers to grow chipping potatoes

A new campaign is underway to get Irish farmers growing potatoes for chips. Approximately 300,000 tons of potatoes for domestic consumption are grown in Ireland each year.…

Georgia scales down onion imports

The Republic of Georgia imported 17,400 tons of onions worth $5.3 million from January through July 2021. Most of the imports during this period fell on Turkey - 14,500 tons…

Turkish imports may still pose a problem

Potato prices in Georgia higher than last year

In July-August 2021 alone, Georgia imported 26% more potatoes than the average for the second half of the previous three years. Import of potatoes to Georgia (excluding seed…

Shortage of workers during peak period of Chinese garlic season

The middle of September is a busy season for agricultural production areas across China. During this period the labor price goes up, and some exporters use the higher cost price to delay overseas orders. In addition to high costs in production areas, the shipping cost continues to rise as well. The…

Potato market report week 38:

'Increased export volumes to the Balkans and the Baltics'

Demand in the food retail sector is somewhat more restrained. The supply in Rhineland-Palatinate still appears to be sufficient, and so far there has been no need for additional purchases from other growing regions. Stronger sales in direct marketing are expected as a result of the autumn storage…

Landvolk Niedersachsen

Landvolk Niedersachsen:

Potatoes are "hot" - harvest is in full swing

"The potato harvest is in full swing. Conditions are mixed to good, depending on the region and weather conditions," says Thorsten Riggert, who hopes for a good harvest for the Lower Saxony potato farmers. September not only marks the beginning of the potato harvest, which can go until mid-October…

Higher input costs are the cause

UK onion prices continue to rise

For the first three weeks of September 2021, the average Mintec price of UK onions was GBP 0.49/ 25kg, 1.2% higher than the average price in August 2021, and 17% higher than the average price in…

Japan: Google advertises Pixel 6 with bag of ‘Google Original [Potato] Chips’

Google is going all out to launch its next flagship phone around the world. In Japan, it offered “Google Original (Potato) Chips” to highlight the new Tensor SoC in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Tensor is Google’s first consumer system on a chip (SoC) — with some technical details leaking over the past…

Drought results in smaller Red River Valley potato yield

In Minnesota, the condition of the potato crop for the week ending Sunday, September 19, was 2% very poor, 5% poor, 20% fair, 43% good, and 30% excellent, according to…

Minister of State Pippa Hackett

Irish potato growers urged to act on €20 mln chip shop market opportunity

In the Irish Republic, there is a new initiative, aimed at helping domestic potato growers get their produce into Irish chip shops. Bord Bia, Teagasc, the IFA and the…

Newly harvested Moldovan onions: Prices dropping due to quality problems

Moldovan growers are trying to complete the onion harvest as soon as possible. They claim that due to rains in spring and summer and issues with the protection of crops, a…

Despite temperature troubles

Manitoba potato harvest surprisingly good

Dan Sawatzky is the manager of the Keystone Potato Producers Association, and he says that when you have days where it gets to be about 30 degrees, that's when the plant…


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