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Scottish seed exporters set to increase tonnage to Brazil and Kenya

Government representatives from Scotland and Brazil met in July to simplify the import classification requirements for seed potatoes. The game-changing meeting was organised and funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). Brazil produces circa 3.6m tonnes of potatoes a year according to UN figures, however in terms of productivity yields are only two […]

Somerset Estate forms partnership to improve eating quality of potatoes

Somerset Estate forms partnership to improve eating quality of potatoes

Dillington Estates, near Ilminster is working in partnership with research organisations and those in the supply chain to drive productivity and improve marketable yield. The Estate is one of four Strategic Potato (SPot) Farms in Great Britain and forms part of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Farm Excellence Platform, which inspires industry to […]

NFU Potato Forum chairman and vice chairman are re-appointed

NFU Potato Forum chairman and vice chairman are re-appointed

Alex Godfrey and Tim Papworth have been re-appointed as chairman and vice chairman respectively of the NFU Potato Forum. Alex Godfrey, who farms in Lincolnshire, said: “I am delighted to be re-appointed as chairman for a further two years and I look forward to continuing to deliver the forum’s objectives during 2017. We have a […]

Potato stocks keep pace with 2015/16 season

Potato stocks keep pace with 2015/16 season

GB grower-held potato stock levels at the end of March were at 1Mt, around the same volume as the end-March 2016 and 300Kt less than the end-March 2015 according to an AHDB estimate. Despite the similarity in stock levels, any repeat of the high prices seen in 2016 will depend on a number of factors […]

Trio of new SRUC Aberdeen graduates make potato industry sit up and take notice

Trio of new SRUC Aberdeen graduates make potato industry sit up and take notice

Three new graduates from the Aberdeen Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have made the potato industry sit up and take notice with their degree dissertations. The trio of self-confessed “tattie-heads” have been chipping away at hard baked farming beliefs on the way things should be done – and have mashed their creative ideas together […]

£2.8 million project to make new types of gel from waste food

£2.8 million project to make new types of gel from waste food

Waste from potato crops could be ‘recycled’ into personal care products such as medical gels and beauty creams – thanks to a new UEA research project. The food industry throws away millions of tonnes of vegetables each year. Surplus supply, processing waste and the fact that many supermarkets only accept ‘perfect’ fruit and vegetables of […]

Updated tools to manage risk in the GB potato market

Updated tools to manage risk in the GB potato market

Up-to-date and relevant market intelligence is vital for farming businesses. “We’re at that pivotal point again in the potato farming calendar. Each week from now, more of 2015 crop will be utilised ex-store, and more of the 2016 crop will be planted in the ground,” says Mr Marshall. Potato production is highly specialist, it’s a […]

AHDB Next Generation group explore potato processing

AHDB Next Generation group explore potato processing

The AHDB Potatoes ‘Next Generation’ tour kicked off in Yorkshire last month, visiting two progressive Yorkshire based potato businesses. The day focused on processing, a star performer of the £4.1bn GB potato industry. The first session in Scarborough was hosted at the GB headquarters of McCain Foods. As the largest UK purchaser of potatoes, McCain […]

Tensions in the potato supply chain follow two years of overproduction

Tensions in the potato supply chain follow two years of overproduction

Twelve months ago Potato Council’s ‘Market Dynamics Report’ highlighted that 2013 year-on-year retail volume sales had fallen by 8 per cent (the equivalent of 133,000 fewer tonnes). However, in 2014, just over 121,000 hectares were planted in again in Great Britain, a figure very similar to the year before. “A favourable growing season in 2014 […]

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