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September 23, 2021 | Articles

World frozen fry trade back on track

Global frozen trade is recovering and could soon reach pre-pandemic levels despite the virus being far from under control, writes Cedric Porter, editor of World Potato Markets.

June 04, 2021 | Articles

World potato production reaches new highs

Global potato production is at record levels, according to latest figures from the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation. Data collection delays mean that the latest figures cover 2019. They show a 1.4% increase in output to 370.437 million tonnes, just ahead of the 2017 and 2014 world potato harvests. The area producing potatoes was up…

February 26, 2021 | Articles

Shoppers turn to potatoes during lockdown

The main bright spot for the world potato industry during the last year of turmoil has been the increased demand for potatoes at home. Restrictions on the opening of restaurants, schools and workplaces has meant people have had to eat more food at home. Many have appreciated the value, versatility and tastiness of potatoes and…

November 25, 2020 | Articles

A prospect of brighter skies to come

No part of the potato industry has been untouched by the virus. There has been plenty of bad news, but there has been some good news too, writes Cedric Porter, Editor of World Potato Markets.

September 23, 2020 | Articles

Trade access is a hot potato

Most potatoes in the world are eaten in the country where they are grown, but over recent years trade has become a vital part of the potato industry. Exports have inevitably been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the crisis has also increased tensions between the world’s largest exporting and importing nations.

March 11, 2020 | Articles

Record 2020 EU-5 plantings expected

Growers in the five key western European potato countries are expected to increase their plantings this year, which raises the risk of over-production if growing conditions are good, writes Cedric Porter.

October 10, 2019 | Articles

The heat is on

Weather has dominated the potato market over the last two years and is becoming increasingly important to the fortunes of growers.

June 12, 2019 | Articles

Lower potato prices kept 2018 trade growth in check, but new records expected in 2019

Unique analysis by World Potato Markets show that the trade in potato products continue to grow.

February 27, 2019 | Articles

New ‘sustainable’ diet underestimates value of potatoes

A recent report on improving global diets in a sustainable way has gathered a lot of attention, both positive and negative. EAT-Forum advocated a big switch to plant-based foods, but has seemed to overlook the contribution of one of the world’s most versatile, nutritious and sustainable foods – the potato.

November 21, 2018 | Articles

Colombian fry duties are latest sign of trade tension

A decision by the Colombian Government to recommend duties on from Belgian, Dutch and German fry processors is the latest example of trade restrictions that threaten global sales of potatoes and other products, writes Cedric Porter of World Potato Markets.

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