The European potato sector has many traditions. One of them is the annual Potato Queen election in the German potato region of Rhineland. Every year, a German beauty is honoured and hailed as the Ambassador for the Potato. The potato deserves a queen, just as the mussel, strawberry and many other stars among food products have a queen as a figure head.
‘A sustainable potato sector requires a stable EU policy’
Albert Schirring is global Crop Manager for Potatoes, Fruit and Vegetables at the plant protection product manufacturer Bayer AG and works at its German Head Office in Monheim. For his work, he travels around the world and closely follows developments in the international potato sector. While driving through the woodlands near the village of Doorwerth in the Netherlands, the crop protection specialists raises his concerns about the position of the potato sector as the introduction of crop treatment products in Europe has stalled.
Put out the flags
‘We were recently selected by McDonald’s as its Flagship Farm. Fantastic appreciation for this pioneering role, thanks in part to the use of sustainable precision techniques. My brother Jan and I are, of course, really proud and we also thank our parents who laid the basis for this.
In the heel of the Italian boot, simple cooking is the norm.
Towards a European TO (Trade Organisation) for Potatoes
The Belgian potato chain announced that it intends to set up a Trade Organisation (TO) for Potatoes.
Solynta: ‘At the earliest, we will present our first commercial, not yet resistant, variety in 2021’
The fact that the breeding company Solynta is working on a completely new breeding method, potato propagation with seed, is now well known in the Netherlands and far beyond.
Mechatec presents new box filler
Machine manufacturer Mechatec from Tollebeek launched a new box filler at PotatoEurope 2017 in Emmeloord. The BF 280 Box Filler, as the new machine is called, is more product friendly and also has more capacity than the previous models of the brand.
Journey to my past
Last August the potato-demonstration days were held in the Southwest of the Netherlands.
Albert Heijn wants to offer customers more inspiration with new potato display units
With the recent unveiling of a completely new display unit for table potatoes, the Albert Heijn supermarket chain, part of the Ahold group, is making a ….
Breeding costs time, the world is in a hurry
I was recently at an EU conference in Brussels, organised by the European Commission; the topic was modern biotechnology and, in particular, whether or not to apply it in agriculture and horticulture.