PotatoEurope Germany 2022 – the leading meeting place for the potato industry!

The Rittergut Bockerode near Hanover will again be the central meeting point for the potato industry on September 7th and 8th, 2022. We are preparing an exhibition and demonstration area for you on over 30 hectares of arable land. Become part of the event and a member of the ‘potato’ value chain.

Machinery Demonstrations

The demonstrations are intended for agricultural machinery companies. Show your machines live in practice, laying, clearing,loading and mechanical weed control:

  • The diversity of modern planting machinery
  • Focus on gentle treatment of tubers and harvesting performance
  • Loading lines from different manufacturers – fast, clean, gentle – live comparisons
  • Whether harrows, hoes and ridgers can be a substitute for herbicides? Demonstration for mechanical weed control
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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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Potato consumption on the rise in France

Large French potato crop

French consumers’ purchases of fresh potatoes rose 7.3% in May 2019, according to data published by Kantar. Since the start of the 2018-2019 campaign, purchases have grown 0.8% in volume. Growth was recorded in all of the distribution channels: +3.7% in hypermarkets, +6.9% in supermarkets, +13.8% in specialised channels. The average price of potatoes in supermarkets in May was €1.28/kg, up 39% from the same period last year. French early potato accounted for 25% of varieties marketed.

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Frozen processed potato trade almost doubles in 10 years

Frozen processed potato trade almost doubles in 10 years

According to Rabobank’s World Potato Map 2019, north-western European potato producers benefited most from the growth in global trade over the past decade. The trade in fresh, seed, and frozen processed potatoes accounted for around 7% of total potato production in 2017, with the rest consumed locally. Despite the small proportion, the international potato trade is starting to grow.

Frozen processed potato trade has increased from around 4 million tons to over 7 million tons in the past ten years, due to rising consumption in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Dutch exports dominate the trade in seed potatoes, with a market share of over 50% of global trade. The four main exporters of frozen processed potato are the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, and the US, representing 80% of volumes. Belgium, in particular, has seen its share of global exports rise from 18% in 2007 to 29% in 2017.

As for fresh potatoes, between 2007 and 2017, exports rose by around 2.5% annually. Most of this trade is concentrated in Europe, particularly in imports by the Netherlands and Belgium to feed an expanding processing industry. Elsewhere, China, Pakistan, India, and Egypt are also starting to become major players in the fresh potato market. Between 2007 and 2017, Egypt saw its fresh potato exports almost double to 652,000 tons, while quadrupling its frozen processed potato exports.

Source: Rabobank

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Russia to end reliance on imported potato

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With the on-going sanctions limiting Russia’s imports, the country is reshaping its domestic potato production so that the country no longer has to rely on the world to provide its French fries. In 2017, Russia imported 94% of its French fries but has now invested in the necessary equipment to produce it locally, according to Sergey Korolev, head of Russia’s National Horticultural Union. With the market demand currently for around 106,000 tons annually, the new equipment has the capacity to produce 110,000 tons. “This will also contribute to the preservation of jobs at newly established processing enterprises, and will increase the safety and quality of the product,” said Korolev.

Large firms like McDonalds are also turning to locally sourced production, which until now was not considered of high enough quality. This also ensures greater economic stability in the face of currency volatility, fluctuating oil prices and foreign sanctions.

Meanwhile, the Russian Government is considering a bill proposing a complete ban or restriction on agricultural products, raw materials and food products originating in the US or other countries that support the US sanctions.

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EU North-Western potato area has increased, as well as demand

The total consumption potato area in North-Western Europe, the NEPG area, has been estimated upon 578.821 ha, which is 4.6% more than last year and 8.3% more than the 5 years average. All 5 countries increased their potato area with Belgium on top with 5.4%. 

The total consumption potato area in North-Western Europe, the NEPG area, has been estimated upon 578.821 ha, which is 4.6% more than last year and 8.3% more than the 5 years average. All 5 countries increased their potato area with Belgium on top with 5.4%. 

This is based upon the NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) country estimations. The NEPG emphasizes that this does not automatically means that the harvest will increase also as the yields per hectare are more important for the final harvest than the area.

Almost 750 thousand tons more potatoes are desired
Due to the growth of the processing capacity and the export of ready product outside the EU, the NEPG estimates that there will be an additional need for raw material of around 750.000 tons for next season. Especially the Belgium processing capacity is expanding so the extra area here is in line with the increased demand.

Too early to estimate the yield
According to the NEPG it is still too early to estimate a total harvest. The last weeks it was extremely dry, with often restrictions for irrigation. The soon upcoming harvest of the Belgium early processing varieties is estimated to be 20 – 25% less than last year. However in spite of the drought the main crop is in good shape, especially in the UK. With the actual returning of the rain showers there is secondary growth reported which will be monitored carefully.

The weather and growing conditions in the coming weeks will be the determining criteria, realizing that most of the kilos are growing in July and mainly August. At this moment all scenarios are possible.
By the middle of August the NEPG will do a more specific estimation based upon trial digs.
 

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Russia Proposes Procedure for EU Seed

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The Russian ban on imports of European potatoes has led many Russian importers to turn to the Egyptian, Moroccan and Pakistani shippers. They cannot wait for the lifting of the boycott. When importers switch back at the last moment  to European supllies, this will seriously disrupt the market. Many importers have purchased for the March and April inventories. Take not that transport takes about three to four weeks. If the Russian border opens up to Europe, this will result in oversupply and lead to strong competition between European and African suppliers. 
In the beginning of February, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (VPSS) proposed a procedure for exports of seed potatoes from the EU to Russia. This procedure is: after the VPSS receives an application from an EU country planning to ship seed potatoes to Russia, VPSS specialists would take samples of the potatoes from the prepared shipment, test them in Russian laboratories and then, based on these test results, they would make a decision on allowing importation. After the seed potato is imported into the country, regional branches of the VPSS would conduct phytosanitary checks on the imported seed potatoes. Russia is looking for cooperation with national organizations like Rosselkhoznadzor on plant protection from exporting countries in controlling seed potatoes prepared for shipment to Russia. As consequence of today’s ban from Russian, importers are buying new potatoes from Egypt and Israel, paying significantly higher prices than in Western Europe. 
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Bart Diversifies with Frozen French Fries

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“Like many other producers, we brought some brand new products to Fruit Logistica,” reports Jurgen Duthoo, sales manager of Bart’s Potato Company. “We launched the production of frozen French fries at our own factory. It’s a kind of natural evolution from fresh to frozen potatoes that helps balance trade and offers more strategic possibilities, because some years demand is high, and others, it is more profitable to process the potatoes. Our frozen potatoes can be stored for 2 years.” Established 40 years ago under the name of Lamaire, Bart’s Potato Company is family-run and specializes in potatoes of all types and for all uses. Their clients are retailers, wholesalers, food service and the processing industry. “Five years ago, we began marketing a new line of frozen French fries,” explains Jurgen. “We wanted to study the market and we found out that the market is not saturated yet, so we started production at our own factory. Commercial volumes will be available as of September or October, 2014.” Bart’s Potato Company exports its products throughout Europe and worldwide to the Middle East, Australia, South America and many other destinations. Their annual turnover in volume reaches 250,000 t of potatoes. NB

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Ibérica de Patatas

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Despite a rise in turnover of 40% in 2013 caused by a sharp increase in the prices of consumption potatoes, the Spanish leader still markets a volume of 129,000 tonnes. 

“While we have seen a slight drop in consumption since 2013 because of high prices, we are keeping our forecasts the same for 2014 since prices are still falling and speculation is not expected,” says their director Pablo Jimenez. In their commitment to local produce, on 15th March they launched the campaign for primor potatoes from Málaga, the earliest variety in Spain. The company supplies more than 20 items (varieties) in all kinds of packages of washed, unwashed and fourth range potatoes. “We have been working with potatoes for over 50 years as suppliers at the source and destination,” explains Pablo. Ibérica imports about 7,000 tonnes of seed, supplying over 1,000 partner farmers. Soprano (Meijer), Universa (Gopex) and Voyager (HZPC). 
Above all, the company promotes sustainable, environmentally-friendly cultivation. “We are also very ecological as regards distribution, using a package produced with 70% lower CO2 emissions,” says Pablo. They also optimize productivity in packaging, with a large packaging and handling capacity of over 1,000 tonnes/day. They operate 5 packaging lines, 4 washed lines and 1 unwashed, with 10 machines for weighing and 20 for packaging. Their strategic location in Mercamadrid minimizes delivery times. A pioneer in R&D, their strong commitment to fourth range potatoes (fresh and peeled) achieved its goals last year with more than 4,000 tonnes distributed through the foodservice industry. They made a new investment of €1.5 million with a new production line to quadruple their capacity. The fourth range now accounts for 5% of their sales and keeps on growing. Ibérica de Patatas is the only potato supplier with ISO 9001, IFS and certification for its services to its customers. “We stand for healthy nutrition with potatoes, as a foodstuff that is very low in calories and rich in minerals.”  
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