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  • International exports event will result in substantial trade deals

    British potato exporters will instigate deals worth hundreds of thousands of pounds at this year’s Potato Europe event, held next week in Holland. With over 250 exhibitors, and 15,000 visitors from around the world, Potato Europe is a key marketplace for the GB potato sector, and British-based potato companies will gather on the AHDB Exports stand to discuss both the past and upcoming export...

    11 September 2017

  • Maris Piper still king but growers use new varieties to meet retail demand

    British potato growers have planted an increased area of emerging varieties to serve the fresh packing market, amid reports of increased levels of ‘on-contract’ supermarket supply where prices are agreed in advance. However, Maris Piper comfortably remains the most planted potato, with three times more area than the next most popular fresh packing variety. The varieties that have gained the most...

    30 August 2017

  • 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 thirds of what is...

    10 August 2017

  • Potato industry unites to fund blackleg research

    A group of major potato business and public sector organisations including the Scottish Government and AHDB have sponsored a £242,000 research project aimed at reducing the impact of potato disease blackleg on the Scottish seed potato industry. AHDB and Scottish Government joint-funded a project during 2013-2016 which provided significant new information on blackleg and its origins. It also...

    10 August 2017

  • Potatoes in Practice: Britain’s largest technical potato field event is coming up

    Potato industry representatives, growers and influencers from all over the UK and beyond are expected to descend on Dundee to take part in Potatoes in Practice (PiP) 2017, a technical potato field event featuring a high-standard mix of science, technology and practical advice and the largest of its type in the UK. Growers, seed breeders, exporters, plant health officials, agronomists, scientists...

    1 August 2017