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February 2015

Potato market in Western Europe

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The potato market in Western Europe is presently suffering from huge over-production. This situation, which is affecting the United Kingdom, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Ireland, has been brought about by the excellent growing conditions from planting through to harvesting.

Whilst there is a glut of potatoes, there is still fairly strong demand for top quality potatoes. The quality of a lot of the potatoes currently in store is deteriorating quicker than is normally expected, due to the wet August in the main production areas. The main problems that these potatoes are suffering from are tuber blemish diseases including Silver Scurf and Black Dot.

For potato farmers whose potatoes are top quality and have retained their skin finish, there is still a healthy market for their crop, especially in Eastern and Northern Europe.

Regarding second-quality potatoes, Rush can offer some, if limited, opportunities for these potatoes.

If you are a potato farmer looking for a wider market for your crop, whatever the quality, please contact Rush Group today.

Finding a market for all sizes of British potatoes

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Rush Group prides itself on being able to find a home for nearly all sizes and quality of potatoes that their farmers grow for them.

So, how do we do that?

In a nutshell, Rush Group has a global presence. We can penetrate the fresh produce market at a wide variety of levels, and reach supermarkets, packers, wholesale markets, caterers and processing factories. It is this broad range of potential clients that helps Rush find a profitable market for all sizes and shapes of their farmers’ potatoes.

Market knowledge

Rush Group has offices and contacts all over the world, interacting with the fresh produce market on a daily basis. This industry knowledge translates into Rush Group being able to find clients who are interested in all potato specifications and not just the obvious ones. This knowledge is further deepened by the fact that Rush Group employees have their own specific geographical and product territories. This targeted approach means that as well as having a good broad overview of the industry; each team member has a specific market and region in which they have a greater and hence more profitable understanding.

Small potatoes to Western Europe

A good example of Rush Group’s expertise in this area is its recent trade of small potatoes to Western Europe. These potatoes are without a good skin finish, and are too small for stock feed and they would normally be dumped.

However Rush Group has found a profitable home for these small potatoes (a wide variety of round or oval-shaped potatoes, including Maris Peer, Gemson, Carlingford and Melody), which translates into farmers being able to sell a crop that would normally be thrown away.

In a difficult year for British potato farmers, Rush Group’s dynamism, flexibility and product knowledge has meant that they have found a home for a redundant product.

If you are a British potato farmer looking for a market for your entire crop, please contact James Bulford.