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Exclusive Interview – Europatat: “We Need to Keep Potatoes Trendy”

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AHDB and CEJA Comment on Vote to Leave EU

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FDF: UK Food Manufacturers Face a Challenging Period after Brexit

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  UK food manufacturers face a "very challenging period" in the wake of the country's decisi...

Tolsma-Grisnich Group Acquires Majority Share in Farm Electronics Limited

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  Tolsma-Grisnich, a leading Dutch specialist in intelligent storage technology for potatoes, onions a...

Case Study: The Experience of Potato Producer Nedato with a Sorting Solution from TOMRA

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 The Nedato is a cooperative of 500 farmers, which has been producing quality potatoes to customers acr...

Tong Engineering Introduces New Cleaner Loader Crop Transfer Machine

Tong Engineering Introduces New Cleaner Loader Crop Tra...

   Tong Engineering is set to introduce a new Cleaner Loader crop transfer machine to its latest range...

Kiremko Builds a New French Fries Line in Belgium

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  Kiremko announced they had started to build a new French fries line in Belgium, with a capacity of 1...

McCain Foods Invests USD65m in Expanding Its French Fries Plant in Canada

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McCain Foods (Canada) announced a major investment of USD6...

Branston Began the Expansion of Its Potato Processing Plant in Lincoln

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The UK potato supplier Branston has begun work on its GBP5...

Processed Potatoes in EU Worth EUR10b in 2014

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  Processed potatoes (mainly frozen chips and crisps) wer...

Aviko Introduces a Guide for Gluten-free Catering

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 The potato processor Aviko is supporting caterers during ...

Americans Were Asked which Lay's Flavors Stay and which Go

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   For the first time in brand history, the Lay's brand a...

Scientists Reveal Potato Parasite’s “Toolkit"

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  An international research collaboration led by the Univ...

Kangaroo Island Potato Producer Wins the “Mini MBA” for Farmers

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 Kangaroo Island potato producer Peter Cooper has been nam...

CEJA President: Losing Young Farmers Puts the Future of European Food Production at Risk

CEJA President: Losi...

  CEJA President, Alan Jagoe, addressed EU agriculture mi...

Researchers Develop Nutrient-rich Purple Potato

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Search Begins for Scottish Strategic Potato Farm

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The full benefit of lower potato prices in 2008 was not passed on to the South African consumer, Potatoes SA (PSA) said last week. During 2008, the producer price of potatoes dropped by 45 percent, Mark du Plessis, CEO of PSA said.

 

However, the average retail price for a 10kg bag of potatoes dropped by only 36 per cent and the price for one kilogram of potatoes by a mere eight percent.
In the case of extra small or baby potatoes, the price practically remained unchanged.
Du Plessis said the decrease of 45 per cent in the producer price, together with a sharp increase in production costs, resulted in many producers producing potatoes below break-even point with resultant losses in 2008.
"The impact thereof is already visible in the industry measured against the drop of more than eight per cent in hectares planted for 2009," he said.
This would eventually reflect in lower market volumes and increased pressure on prices, based on the free market system.
"Producer prices started to increase from October 2008, but to the detriment of the consumer, retail prices unfortunately increased faster and even more than the producer price," Du Plessis said.
Producers were asking the question why there was no correlation between the upward and downward movement in the producer price and the consumer price, he said.
The drop in the fuel price would not make much of a contribution to the lowering of the consumer price of potatoes. He said that fuel represented only a small percentage of the total production costs of potatoes on the farm - which could be a much as R100,000 per hectare.
"A 30 per cent drop in the fuel price will only lead to a three cents per kilogram drop in the production cost of fresh potatoes.
"It is also important to note that supply and demand determines the price on our fresh produce markets and the potato producer is therefore restricted in what he can do to influence the market price."

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