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March 19, 2024 | Articles

World potato production reaches new highs

World potato production hit a new high in 2022, but that record may have been broken in 2023 despite another small European crop.

December 19, 2023 | Articles

The smallest EU crop since 2018?

The impact of the wet autumn on the European potato crop is not fully understood but it will have caused significant damage. At the beginning of December at least 10% of the EU-4 crop (Germany, France, Belgium and Netherlands) was still in the ground and potatoes that have been lifted have suffered higher than normal…

October 03, 2023 | Articles

Extra European potatoes will not cover

Ware production (maincrop and early consumption potatoes) in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands is expected to be 1.3 million tonnes more than in 2022 at about 23 million tonnes, according to the NEPG group of organisations from the four countries. Despite that figure being similar to 2021, greater needs by processors and more disease…

June 20, 2023 | Articles

2022 saw potato trade records smashed

Potato trade broke new volume and value records in 2022 as demand came roaring back as the pandemic subsided, unique analysis from World Potato Markets shows. The value of exports of potato products, fresh ware potatoes and seed potatoes leapt by 34.2% to €18.366 billion, which was €3.636 billion or 20% more than the pre-pandemic…

March 21, 2023 | Articles

2021 record production unlikely to be beaten in 2022

The world produced a record 376.1 million tonnes of potatoes in 2021, new figures from the UN FAO suggest. However, a smaller area and weather issues in key potato-growing countries may have seen that figure fall by nearly six per cent to 354.3 million tonnes in 2022, World Potato Markets calculations estimate. Please note that…

December 21, 2022 | Articles

Eight billion people means potato challenges and opportunities

This year has seen a significant milestone in the life of the world – its population has reached eight billion for the first time. Changes in world population will shape the potato industry in the coming years and it is not all about adapting to a growing number of people in the world.

September 27, 2022 | Articles

An overview of monthly ware trade

Worldwide late season demand for ware potatoes.

June 22, 2022 | Articles

Growth in world potato area halted by pandemic

The pandemic appears to have stalled the increase in potato production over the last two years but yields continue to rise as potato production consolidates into the hands of fewer and more professional growers.

March 23, 2022 | Articles

War in Ukraine disrupts potato market

The potato market has not escaped the turmoil caused by the war in Ukraine. However, unlike other crops, prices in Europe have fallen as concerns over global chains and disruption to processing mounted.

November 24, 2021 | Articles

The vital role of the potato in saving the planet

World leaders recently gathered in Glasgow, Scotland for the COP26 climate change conference – COP stands for Conference of the Parties and the event was the 26th meeting. The event is attended by countries who have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was introduced in 1994 and aims to keep average…

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