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Agronico potato field in bloom (Variety Atlantic) in Tasmania, Australia

Simplot to acquire Agronico, Tasmania’s largest seed potato producer

August 27, 2023
Agronico, Tasmania’s largest seed potato producer, has entered into an agreement for Simplot to acquire the business and property assets of Agronico.
Elders and harvesteye bringing greater efficiency and yields to australian root crop growers

HarvestEye - a sensor that measures tuber quality during harvest - now available to potato growers in Australia

June 15, 2023
HarvestEye - a sensor that measures tuber quality during harvest - is now available to potato growers in Australia. Elders was appointed as the exclusive reseller of the system in the country.
Powdery scab can severely reduce the quality and marketability of seed, fresh market and processing potatoes

What was behind Australia’s potato shortage? Wet weather and hard-to-control diseases

June 13, 2023
If you’ve been into a fish and chip shop in Australia in the last 12 months, you may well have seen a notice tacked to the wall about the impact of the potato shortage. Supermarkets, too, slapped temporary limits on frozen chip purchases.
Mitolo Family Farms enters into strategic partnership with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Canadian pension fund acquires majority stake in Mitolo Family Farms, Australia's largest potato supplier

April 11, 2023
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, a Canadian pension fund, acquires the majority stake in Mitolo Family Farms, the largest potato grower and packer in Australia.
Woolworths confirmed the shortage was hitting bagged chips.

Australian potato shortage now impacting potato chips as well as frozen fries

January 17, 2023
Australian supermarket chain Woolworths has confirmed a major potato shortage has caused the price of potato-based snacks to soar – resulting in 'insane prices' for a single bag of chips.
The absence of potato chips from shelves may force a rethink of Christmas plans.

Australian supermarket Coles introduces purchase limit on frozen potato chips (French Fries) due to shortage

December 20, 2022
Australian supermarket Coles introduces purchase limit on frozen potato chips (French Fries) due to shortage
The Pye Group opens largest potato packing facility

The Pye Group opens largest potato packing facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere

November 20, 2022
Australian potato supplier, the Pye Group will, officially opened the largest potato packing facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere on Tuesday.
Potato Import Data Volume Australia (value) 2017 to 2022. Source: AUSVEG, Global Trade Atlas.
 
 
 

Potato trade Australia: Slight increase in potato imports after fall in 2021

October 03, 2022
AUSVEG has reviewed Global Trade Atlas import data to better understand: the changes in the levels of potato imports pre- and post-COVID, as well as
the changes in import levels over the last 12-months as growers have faced significant increases in costs of production.
Farmers in the Ballarat region say rising input costs are leaving them out of pocket (Courtesy: ABC Rural, Jane McNaughton)

Ballarat potato growers ask McCain Foods for 78 percent price increase

August 11, 2022
Potato farmers in the Ballarat region are demanding a pay rise for their produce, claiming McCain Foods does not pay a fair price for the popular mealtime vegetable. Last season McCain Foods paid growers an average of AUD 0.33 (about USD 0.23)
Tasmanian potato growers start ditching spuds after stalemate on price negotiations with Simplot. (Courtesy: ABC Rural, Laurissa Smith)

Tasmanian potato growers start ditching spuds after stalemate on price negotiations with potato processors

August 06, 2022
Potato processor Simplot Australia has refused to budge on its second price offer to Tasmanian farmers for their potato crop this season. Farmers met on Wednesday night to discuss the impasse with the company.

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