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Focus Conferences and New Developments at PotatoEurope 2016

Focus Conferences and New Developments at PotatoEu...

  The innovations introduced by ARVALIS - Institut du végétal and its technical partners at Potat...

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

Exclusive Interview – Europatat: “We Need to Keep ...

On he occasion of the Europatat Congress, we have had the opportunity to interview Mr. Kees van Aren...

PotatoEurope 2016: Numerous Dynamic Demonstrations Over 23 Hectares

PotatoEurope 2016: Numerous Dynamic Demonstrations...

 PotatoEurope is the largest open-field event devoted to the potato in Europe, which will cover an...

tna Has a New Southern Europe Office

tna Has a New Southern Europe Office

  Leading processing and packaging solutions provider tna announces the opening of its new Southern Eu...

AHDB and CEJA Comment on Vote to Leave EU

AHDB and CEJA Comment on Vote to Leave EU

  The comments on the UK decision to leave EU assaulted media and social networks.

FDF: UK Food Manufacturers Face a Challenging Period after Brexit

FDF: UK Food Manufacturers Face a Challenging Period af...

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

Buhler Launches New Equipment for Frozen Vegetables

Buhler Launches New Equipment for Frozen Vegetables

    The Bühler Group, a leading provider of optical sorters, announced two significant industry innov...

New Rules for Drones in the USA

New Rules for Drones in the USA

  The rules regarding the flying of drones in the US have been relaxed, paving the way for thousands o...

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

Case Study: The Experience of Potato Producer Nedato wi...

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

Kiremko is the Main Supplier for New Project Linkage Farm Frites in China

Kiremko is the Main ...

   Dutch engineering company Kiremko will be the main sup...

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

McCain Foods Invests...

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

Branston Began the Expansion of Its Potato Processing Plant in Lincoln

Branston Began the E...

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

Processed Potatoes in EU Worth EUR10b in 2014

Processed Potatoes i...

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

Aviko Introduces a Guide for Gluten-free Catering

Aviko Introduces a G...

 The potato processor Aviko is supporting caterers during ...

Scientists Reveal Potato Parasite’s “Toolkit"

Scientists Reveal Po...

  An international research collaboration led by the Univ...

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

Kangaroo Island Pota...

 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

Researchers Develop ...

  A group of researchers from CSU have recently developed...

Search Begins for Scottish Strategic Potato Farm

Search Begins for Sc...

  AHDB has announced the quest for the first farmer host ...

Despite a bumper potato harvest in Switzerland this year, growers' joy is being spoiled by big retailers squeezing them on price and rejecting bigger-than-average spuds.

Charlotte shouldn't be bigger than size 60-120. Nothing to do with a farmers lonely hearts column, these are the accepted measurements of the Charlotte potato variety, reported swissinfo.ch.

In other words, Charlotte - a frequent visitor on Swiss plates "with its distinctive long, oval shape, white skin and moist texture" - shouldn't be more than 60 millimetres wide and 120 millimetres long.

If they are, they won't fit on the shelves of the big supermarkets - not to mention in the cooking pots of customers, who are increasingly asking for smaller varieties. Industry potatoes used to make chips or crisps can be a bit bigger.

The problem is that the dry spring and in particular the very warm autumn have conspired to increase both the number of tubers per plant and also their size.

Ruedi Fischer, president of the Swiss Potato Producers Association, is sceptical of "record years", preferring to talk about an "above-average crop", as in 2009. Many regions are reporting excess yields of 20 per cent or more, while elsewhere the crop is average.

"In addition to the large harvest, the market conditions are very tense. We're really feeling the struggle for market share," he told swissinfo.ch.

 

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