‘Our variety news translates to a successful continuation of our seed and ware potato programmes with mainly varieties from our own portfolio’, Schaap Holland announces.
As the potato sector is counting down the days to the Potato Variety Days 2022 to be held on November 9-11, the Dutch breeding company reports big news about their smallest potato, the Gerona: ‘We jointly developed and market this variety with German trading house Weuthen. The variety is called ‘die Alleskönnerin’ (allrounder) in German and its popularity grows for processing at peeling companies as well as in the skin-on baby potato segment. This variety has now been discovered in North America and cultivation there is also being scaled up.’
For the upcoming edition of the Potato Variety Days, Schaap Holland also puts a spotlight on Valencia, a dual-purpose French fries and ware potato variety of which the company this year is realising consumption programmes in addition to the seed potatoes growing. ‘Seed potato sales are gaining a foothold in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East as well as North Africa. An ongoing programme of Valencia ware potatoes will be supplied to the French fries industry in the 2022-2023 season. There are also batches of table potatoes of this variety which find their way to consumers in the floury (home fries) bag via the supermarket.’
In the table potato segment, the breeder reports positive news about its Aromata. ‘This variety has once again been very positively received by retail because of its excellent quality. The Aromata programme for the peeled products has also been successful. We are experiencing increasing interest from ware potato growers in growing this mid-early and highly nematode-resistant ABCDE variety’, Schaap Holland states. The company points out Laudine as another table variety stealing the show in the firm cooking segment. ‘In cultivation, this variety gives good yields and its consumption quality is received positively by retail as well.’ One last novelty the company highlights is the fact that they now have a regular supply programme of organic Louisa potatoes for crisps. ‘With its strong field resistance to Phytophthora as well as virus, crisp variety Louisa is experiencing growth in both conventional and organic seed potato acreage’, they conclude.
Potato Variety Days 2022 e-book
In November, companies participating in the Potato Variety Days put the spotlight on their potato varieties of the future. Learn all the ins and outs of this year’s event in our special e-book, including need-to-know information and an up-to-date list of participating companies to help you plan your visit. We also ask all potato professionals to let us know what they find the most important topic(s) when it comes to breeding the potato varieties of the future. Don’t forget to write down your answer to this question when you fill in the form to download our free e-book!
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