New record in the consumer potato cultivation in France

Kartoffeln Cockpit, 13.06.2014

  • Low commodity prices create sales
  • Starch industry gives more quality-critical consumption potato stocks
  • French fries sales worldwide continues to boom
  • Record in Dutch processing and only small raw material supplies
  • Hail, wet and also dry in potato growing regions of Belgium
  • Premiere, port ranges and main crop look very good in the field
  • First new frit raw materials already towards the end of the next week expected
  • Cultivation expansion for 2014 core areas of frit raw materials production, harvest
  • Versorgungsmonitoring of the EU: to expect higher potato yields
  • Very low commodity prices for ware potatoes press price level of the following season
  • Raw material supplies from 2013 so great that industry is still in the full draws

Surface growth in France for Belgium processors (AMI) The French statistics agency agreste has released an update of its area estimate for potato growing consumption beginning June 2014. Thus grew the area in France last year's 115,000 hectares to almost 4% to 120,000 hectares and reached a new record. Wondering what needed more and more consumption potatoes from France turns after the market course of the 2013/14. The processing of potatoes has stagnated for years. Manufacturer of French fries, chips and other products use raw materials annually approximately 1.0 million tonnes. The recent trade shows that the senders are also already reached limits with their sales abroad. It took a small crop in South Germany, in Italy and in the Balkans, yet sales opportunities, which are not common in other years. On the domestic market, there are to win also no additional sales, leaving only the sale towards the processing in the Benelux region. Belgium potato processing is still growing with exports to third country markets and has hardly any chances to bring more areas in the potato production on the spot. Crop rotations are already tight and required irrigation investments in hard.

New record in the consumer potato cultivation in France
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For the marketing of French fries potatoes of harvest 2014 is not a good start emerging from producers point of view. The negative market influences dominate it and no end to the surplus situation on the market. New potatoes are extensive, so that only a very small free market, what makes the situation even more difficult. Now, more hoping on capricious weather, which adversely affect the income - remains of course on the other.

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