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After three straight years of record-breaking yields in Canada, the 2018 potato crop appeared headed for a significant drop, thanks to the very hot, dry summer seen in many parts of the country. Some timely end-of-season rains, however, had growers feeling more optimistic heading into harvest. “Two or three weeks ago, we were looking at a severe crop production reduction because of excessive heat and lack of moisture,” Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the…

Nicaragua: Crisis Reduces Potato Consumption

According to potato producers and importers, potato consumption has decreased due to the migration wave, the closing of restaurants, and the reduction of the restaurants working hour. Importers don’t plan to import more potatoes for the rest of the year. “Consumption has drastically fallen because there are no more tourists visiting the country. There are thousands of people emigrating, it is a general effect,” said Pedro Lopez, one of the main importers…

McDonald’s turns to local potatoes in Russia as U.S. sanctions impact the ruble

French fries at McDonald’s restaurants from Moscow to Murmansk will be Russian from now on, as the American fast-food chain turns to homegrown potatoes to deal with ruble volatility caused by fluctuating oil prices and Western sanctions. McDonald’s Corp, which opened in Russia in 1990 as the Soviet Union collapsed, has been gradually turning to local ingredients in its Russian outlets for everything from Big Macs to chicken burgers since it opened…

Searching for the occasional market for excess potatoes

Organizations representing potato farmers in Belgium and France, ABS (Algemeen Boerensyndicaat, Flanders), FWA (Walloon Federation of Agriculture) and UNPT (National Union of Potato Producers, France), jointly started Interreg project GEPOS to look for alternative destinations for potatoes in Belgium and the North of France in seasons marked by large surpluses. The Problem Demand for potatoes for processing in Belgium and France increases each year. As a result, acreage dedicated to potato cultivation…

Irish Consumers Like Their Potatoes

Potatoes are bought every second by Irish consumers. So says Cliona Lynch, Kantar Worldpanel who spoke at the National Potato Conference in Dublin, Ireland, Feb. 20. In total, 1.67 million households purchase potatoes annually. Eleven per cent of all shopping trips in thecountry consist of potatoes. And, when a bag of “spuds” is included in a shopping cart, it contributes €27.90 more to the retailer, as consumers are usually carrying out “a…

NEPG reports high stocks

All recent stock surveys in the NEPG countries (North-Western European Potato Growers) show actual potato stocks are higher compared with last season as well as the multiple year’s average. The North-Western yields were 11 per cent higher with an area increase of six per cent. Currently the stocks of potatoes and the balance between demand and supply has a negative effect on the actual free market prices, in spite of the processing…

U.S. Potato Prices Strengthen

Tight supplies are pushing potato prices higher in the U.S., but those better prices probably won’t last long. “I think we are coming into a crunch time for potatoes,” said Bruce Huffaker with North American Potato Market News. That’s good news for potato growers who have seen relatively flat prices at near cost of production levels for the last five years. Many growers found themselves wondering what to plant last spring. While…

Robinson Fresh & Albert Bartlett team up to bring UK potatoes to North America

Robinson Fresh, a division of C.H. Robinson has announced that it will now be the exclusive partner of Albert Bartlett and will be providing its potatoes in North America. Albert Bartlett is a fresh and frozen potato supplier in the United Kingdom, and is increasing its presence in North America with headquarters in Denver and growers throughout the continent. “When we heard Albert Bartlett was looking for opportunities to further expand into…

Belgium hopes to ship more frozen potato fries to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR– Belgium, the world’s biggest potato exporter, hopes to ship more frozen potato fries to Malaysia via its marketing campaign and collaboration with restaurateurs and fast food operators. “Belgian chocolates are famous all over the world. We’re seeking to promote Belgian fries here which is already consuming close to 10,000 tonnes per year,” said Belgapom secretary general Romain Cools. Belgapom is the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry…

European Potato Production Up Over Last Year

For the current European potato harvest, the North-western-European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimate the total potato production at 27.9 million tons for the five NEPG countries (Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Great Britain). The estimate is based on sampling and data from the first actual harvests. Acreage has increased 4.6 per cent compared to last year, while the average yield per hectare is estimated at 48.2 ton/ha. This is 2.9 per cent…

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