• Crop Update Q2 2014

Crop Update December 2014

Posted on 09/12/2014

In the crop update of September, we published the European estimates of acreage and yield of the EU-5 countries. During the past few weeks, these figures have been adjusted to show that Belgium and France have harvested even more than estimated while the Dutch and UK figures slightly decreased.

This does not alter the earlier conclusion stating that Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and the UK are in the situation of a well till an over supplied potato market.

The warm autumn weather caused problems with storage in some regions; in Belgium, Holland and Germany, high temperatures led to difficulties in drying the product in storage, resulting in rotten potatoes and the development of sprouts.

Despite the western European processing industry showing record production figures during the first half of 2014, the figures from August, September and October did not exceed last year's averages. Due to lower dry matter, the yield of the raw material in processing is below  last year's figures, and with a modest demand for fresh potatoes from abroad there is not much daily market movement either.

In a few weeks time, however, 2014 will come to an end and we will face 2015 with its new challenges and opportunities.