News on The Potato Supply Chain from Australia
Simplot to acquire Agronico, Tasmania’s largest seed potato producer
August 27, 2023Agronico, Tasmania’s largest seed potato producer, has entered into an agreement for Simplot to acquire the business and property assets of Agronico.
HarvestEye - a sensor that measures tuber quality during harvest - now available to potato growers in Australia
June 15, 2023HarvestEye - 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.
What was behind Australia’s potato shortage? Wet weather and hard-to-control diseases
June 13, 2023If 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.
Canadian pension fund acquires majority stake in Mitolo Family Farms, Australia's largest potato supplier
April 11, 2023Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, a Canadian pension fund, acquires the majority stake in Mitolo Family Farms, the largest potato grower and packer in Australia.
Australian potato shortage now impacting potato chips as well as frozen fries
January 17, 2023Australian 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.
Australian supermarket Coles introduces purchase limit on frozen potato chips (French Fries) due to shortage
December 20, 2022Australian supermarket Coles introduces purchase limit on frozen potato chips (French Fries) due to shortage
The Pye Group opens largest potato packing facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere
November 20, 2022Australian potato supplier, the Pye Group will, officially opened the largest potato packing facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere on Tuesday.
Potato trade Australia: Slight increase in potato imports after fall in 2021
October 03, 2022AUSVEG 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.
Ballarat potato growers ask McCain Foods for 78 percent price increase
August 11, 2022Potato 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 potato processors
August 06, 2022Potato 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.