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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.
Farmers are warning people need to pay more for their hot chips. (Courtesy: Hugh Hogan, ABC Rural)

Simplot and Potato farmers of Tasmania in standoff over rising prices

July 18, 2022
Farmers have rejected a second price offer made by food manufacturer Simplot for their potato crop this season.
Australian potato company Zerella Fresh focused on consistent potato quality and high throughput

Australian potato company Zerella Fresh focused on consistent potato quality and high throughput

May 21, 2022
Zerella Fresh was founded in 1936 (Virginia, South of Australia) and is since 2009 a part of the Pye Group family. Zerella is committed to being Australia’s leading supplier and marketer of fresh produce.
Julian Ackley risks losing his farm's profit for the year if rain doesn't clear up. (Courtesy: ABC - Angus Mackintosh).

West-Australian Potato farmers 'doing it for nothing' warn of mass exodus amid stagnant prices

May 06, 2022
West-Australian Potato farmers are warning that growers will walk away from the industry as cost pressures make the staple crop unviable in Australia.
Potatoes in Australia: mashing previous records.

Potatoes in Australia: mashing previous records

February 16, 2022
Developed by Freshlogic, the annual Horticulture Statistics Handbook includes the latest available data on 75 different categories across fruit, vegetable, nut, nursery, and cut flowers in Australia.
Nicole Stevens: A rising potato industry star.

Potatoes Australia Growers Profile: Nicole Stevens

October 27, 2021
Nicole Stevens traveled to Australia from the United Kingdom after completing her science and tourism management studies. Her career pathway has now diverted to horticulture.
Stuart Applebee, Esandsea Farming owner/operator, Jacob Clarke, 2021 Young Potato Grower works for Esandsea Farming, and Wayne Meagher, Simplot Ulverstone Field Officer.

Potato Processor Simplot Recognizes Outstanding Tasmanian Growers

September 27, 2021
Potato and vegetable growers have vied for the title of top producers as part of Simplot's Annual Grower Awards. The Awards, which have been in place since 1997, recognize the outstanding achievements of Tasmania's potato and vegetable growers during the 2020-2021 harvest.

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