Potato News from the Netherlands
Higher potato yield with the Royal Avebe fertilization strategy
September 20, 2022
Due to the current scarcity of fertilizers, the 'red areas' and the increasing production costs, efficient nitrogen fertilization is becoming increasingly important.
Potato genomes under the microscope
September 15, 2022
The DNA in humans and gorillas is about 95% identical. This percentage is much lower between potato varieties. This might sound like a fun fact to remember for a pub quiz, but for Remco Ursem and Stan Oome, it is a premise that carries a serious challenge.
McCain Foods expands vegetable appetizer portfolio with Scelta Products acquisition
September 14, 2022
McCain Foods has acquired Scelta Products, adding the Netherlands-based producer of frozen foods to its growing family of delicious, prepared vegetable appetizer product offerings.
Mark Zuidhof appointed COO of cooperative potato company Agrico
September 14, 2022
Mark Zuidhof will be appointed COO of Agrico as of 16 September. Together with current director Jan van Hoogen (CEO), he will form the Statutory Board of Agrico. Jan van Hoogen will step down as director as of 1 January 2024.
Marleen de Rond-Schouten will be the new Managing Director Agro & Strategy as of 1 January 2023.
September 12, 2022
On 1 January 2023, Marleen de Rond-Schouten will take over Arjan de Rooij’s tasks as Managing Director Agro & Strategy. Mr De Rooij will leave Royal Avebe after more than 14 years.
Royal Avebe started potato campaign
August 25, 2022
Potato Starch manufacturer Royal Avebe has started the campaign at production location Gasselternijveen. Growing conditions were excellent until early July, but heat and lack of precipitation in recent weeks is cause for concern.
Equipment manufacturer Sormac achieves the top energy rating for its new production facility
August 08, 2022
Equipment manufacturer Sormac consistently made sustainable choices during the realization of its new production facility. It resulted in the highest achievable energy label (A +++++) by the Dutch Government
Despite unpredictable market, HZPC realized a slight increase in seed potato price for its growers
June 30, 2022
The price paid to HZPC Holland’s seed potato growers for the 2021 harvest is EUR 33,70 (about USD 35) per 100 kilo. This is slightly above the forecast price of EUR 33,10 (about USD 34.7) published last spring.
Potato Protein as Good as Animal Protein: Study
June 14, 2022
While many plant proteins are deficient in one or more essential amino acids necessary for optimal muscle growth and repair, a new randomized controlled study published in shows that plant-derived proteins can still induce strong anabolic responses.
Growing sweet potatoes in the Netherlands? Yields must improve to make it profitable
June 05, 2022
Five years ago, Mts. Koenraadt-Heerink started growing sweet potatoes on a trial basis in the Netherlands. Over the years, the acreage has grown from less than one to 20.5 hectares. Still, yoelds must improve to make it profitable.
Royal Avebe positive about the potato season: starch percentage at an average of 20.6 percent
May 24, 2022
On Thursday, the 12th of May, Royal Avebe processed the last potatoes of the potato season; a season that completely went to plan. The quality of the potatoes is good with an average starch percentage of 20.6 percent.