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‘Empty European table potato market is very unusual for the start of May,’ says Dutch trader

“We are a small-scale packing company. For our buyers, we, therefore, try to pack Dutch products for as long as possible. Generally, we are able to do so until mid-June,” Wim van der Ree told FreshPlaza in a recent interview. Wim is the Director at Nedato, a Dutch potato cooperative.

“However, the Dutch season will be over considerably sooner this year. This is due to the lower yields. Nedato can probably continue with the old harvest of floury potatoes for about a month. But the end of the waxy and red potato stocks are in sight,” he said.

“Many European countries, not only the Netherlands, are running out of table potatoes. These include France, Spain, and Germany. This situation is certainly exceptional for the beginning of May. It means the new harvest of Mediterranean potatoes will be in store shelves earlier than usual.”

“For example, for waxy potatoes, we already switched last week. We normally only do this from week 20. After all, waxy potatoes do not store well for extended periods. And, in the Netherlands, we do not yet have the varieties that can be stored until the end of June,” says Wim.

Read the full article in FreshPlaza here