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Agrico launches Next Generation potatoes

Agrico launches Next Generation potatoes

 

The long wait is over as the launch of Phytophthora- resistant varieties is set to truly propel sustainable potato cultivation.

Developed by Agrico, a pioneer in seed potato cultivation, Next Generation was launched this February as a new line of tubers with Phytopthora resistance. The range includes Carolus, Alouette, Levante, Twister, Twinner, Ardeche and Nofy. Their appearance and excellent taste are preserved and the potatoes can be used in a range of ways, from industrial uses to starch, chips, salads and other chilled potato products.

What keeps Agrico a forerunner in the industry is its focus on innovation. The company started working on developing new potato varieties that are both sustainable and disease-resistant in the 1980s. It has always followed conventional breeding techniques and not resorted to GMOs. “You can be successful even using the traditional ways,” said Wieger van der Werff, commercial manager at Agrico.

Today, Agrico has 750 active growers in the Netherlands and continues to cater to both Europe and overseas. One of the challenges cited by van de Werff is the increasing demand for potatoes. This has been brought about by the emergence of markets such as India, China, and Latin America. In response to this demand, the company has expanded its operations outside the Netherlands, to tap into countries like France, Poland, and Scotland.

Agrico is a Dutch cooperative established in 1973. It entered into a joint project with Bayer and Yara to create sustainable potato value chains in Kenya. The aim is to help small-scale farmers utilise correct and high-quality farming methods. All of these programmes position Agrico as a true leader in elevating both potato breeding and farming. 

For inquiries: Gert Jan Laurman, G.Laurman@agrico.nl

TAGS: Agrico, potato, Netherlands, Next Generation

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Agrico reaches out to the world with ‘Next Generation’ 

Agrico reaches out to the world with ‘Next Generation’ 

Agrico is a co-operative of potato growers involved in breeding, growing, collecting, processing and marketing on average 500,000 tons of potatoes a year. Two years ago, the company developed a series of potato varieties with high Phytophthora resistance which they refer to as the ‘Next Generation’ potatoes. In addition to their unique high resistance, these sustainable varieties have outstanding consumption qualities in terms of appearance, taste and versatility. These qualities make the varieties attractive for both growers and customers. 

Agrico’s portfolio has a suitable variety for practically every segment. The assortment includes Carolus, Alouette, Levante, Twister, Twinner, Ardeche and Nofy. Two more potentials are arriving that will widen the scope of traits offered by the varieties. 

Together with its subsidiaries, Agrico will demonstrate its successful contribution to sustainable potato cultivation for the ‘Next Generation’ varieties at Fruit Logistica. Visit Agrico at Hall 1.2 – D11. For more details, contact: Linda de Jong; l.de.jong@agrico.nl; +31-527639980

 

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Agrico presents further growth at members’ meeting

Agrico presents further growth at members' meeting

 

Agrico held its central general members’ meeting last Tuesday. At this well attended meeting, the annual report 2017/2018 was discussed.

The 2017/2018 financial year was characterised by positives and negatives. Expectations were low at the start of the financial year. The yield in kilograms per hectare of seed potatoes and table potatoes was high, and the prices were under pressure. The demand for seed potatoes from Agrico varieties turned out to be much better than expected as the year progressed. Ultimately, the turnover of seed potatoes amounted to 227 million euros, which is practically equivalent to the figures in the 2016/2017 financial year. Due to the low prices, the turnover of table potatoes fell by almost 27% to 43 million euros. The national and international subsidiaries accounted for 31% of the turnover.

Partly caused by the difficult conditions at harvesting, more complaints were received than usual after delivery. Agrico applies strict procedures regarding quality assessment, but potatoes remain a natural product. To reduce the risk of complaints in the future, Agrico invested in an advanced quality centre last year, which will be officially opened in February.

Agrico paid out the realised payment capacity almost completely to its members in the 2017/2018 financial year. The extent of equity is linked to financial key figures with the principle being continuity and a healthy financial status. Strengthening the equity was therefore limited.

In addition to the annual figures, another important subject at the members’ meeting was the newly established ‘Agrico 2030′ strategy. In this new strategy, Agrico has set ambitious goals for the future based on confidence in their own organisation and the many opportunities for growth in the market.

Two new members of the supervisory board were appointed at the meeting by the board of members. Mr L. Laurens) de Winter was appointed as an internal member to fill the vacancy of Mr Kemmeren and Mr G. (Gert) de Raaff was appointed as an external member with the expertise of international entrepreneurship to fill the vacancy of Mr Welling. Mr. de Winter is an agricultural entrepreneur and seed potato grower affiliated to Agrico and Mr. de Raaff is employed as Advisor to the Board at Royal Cosun, until recently he was a member of the concern management as director New Business. Since the implementation of the new management model in August 2014, a personal union between the board of directors and the supervisory board has existed at Agrico. Mr de Winter and Mr de Raaff will therefore combine their roles as board members at Coöperatie Agrico U.A. with their supervisory duties at Agrico B.V. 

Read the complete Agrico annual financial report on www.agrico.nl.  

About Agrico

Agrico is a potato collective that breeds, grows, purchases, processes and markets about 500 000 tons of potatoes every year. Agrico’s mission is a quality product that matches the specific requirements and circumstances of every client, worldwide. The company owns a packaging company for table potatoes in Purmerend, Leo de Kock & Zonen B.V., its own breeding and research company, Agrico Research B.V., in Bant and many test plots in the Netherlands and abroad. Commercial and administrative operations are run from the main office in Emmeloord. Agrico also works, through its subsidiaries and holdings, in countries such as France, the United Kingdom, Poland, Sweden, Canada, Turkey, Kenia and Slovenia, with representatives in almost all seed potato-importing countries. Read more about Agrico at www.agrico.nl.