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August 2015

Overview of Western Europe’s potato market

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2014’s table and processing potato crop is virtually finished, so now it is over to 2015. Not that anyone can ever be 100% certain of anything in the fresh produce industry, but 2015’s West European table potatoes certainly look as they are going to be more expensive than the previous year.

The reasons behind this increase in table potato prices are many, the main factors being:

A)   Farmers have reduced the area of packing potato varieties that they have planted, due to 2014’s low prices.

B)   Farmers planted more processing potatoes and have taken on more processing contracts.

C)   Unfavourable growing conditions (particularly a two-month dry and extremely hot spell on much of the western European mainland at the critical point in the growing season) have reduced yields. For example, in 2014 for an average white table potato, yields were 60 to 70 tonnes per hectare, whilst in 2015 they are roughly 45 to 50 tonnes per hectare, with not much of the growing season left to run.

D)   The reduction in the number of tubers per plant in many crops, due to relatively dull conditions during the period of tuber initiation.

So whilst customer’s might have to pay more for their table potatoes, (prices may settle down later on in the season) the good news is that Rush is continually expanding its circle of approved potato farmers, which should help supply demand. Processing potatoes, on the other hand, might actually be slightly cheaper this year, but at this point it is difficult to be certain.

On a positive note, Rush Group’s expertise in programming supply will help keep costs down, especially for customers who made early contracts with them.

So if you are looking for competitively-priced table and processing potatoes from Western Europe, contact Rush Group today.

 

Exporting potatoes and carrots to Dubai made easy

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Last year Rush Group started to export carrots and potatoes to Dubai and this year the trend is only set to increase.

Potatoes

The Dubai market is hungry for potatoes 365 days a year. The European season is deemed as a premium market, and it is during this season Rush can provide Dubai with European potatoes from multiple countries. As well as filling a void regarding seasonality, they are also a desirable product, highly prized by this region.

 

Carrots

Rush Group’s carrot trade to Dubai is also steadily growing, which is partly down to their ability to compete with Australia and New Zealand regarding hydro-cooled products. This method of bringing the temperature down to 1-2 °C, puts the carrots into a dormant state, and thus extends their shelf life.

Rush’s supply of carrots, like their potatoes also fills a gap in Dubai’s market, primarily, the demand for high quality goods with a good shelf life. Hydro cooling, means that they can now compete with Australia and Southern Hemisphere markets, (especially on transit time and service levels), by providing an alternative supply for the Middle East.

Rush Group’s understanding of the Dubai market along with the introduction of the following innovative, customer-led measures will hopefully make 2015 even more successful.

Logistics at Dubai PortRush is aiming to reduce the negative effects of Demurrage and Detention charges. The Group is currently in negotiations with the necessary authorities to increase the amount of ‘free time’ allotted to each shipment, and thus reduce the probability of its customers being hit with these expensive penalties.

Delivery to customers’ door

In line with reducing demurrage and detention, Rush is also introducing its door-to-door delivery service. The Group is looking to start a service that will allow them to unload their customers’ cargo straight from the ship and then have it delivered straight to their customer. This service aims to reduce the time allocating a clearance agent, speeding up the whole process and in so doing, reducing the possibility of paying for demurrage and detention.

If you are based in Dubai and looking for a reliable and continuous supply of potatoes and carrots delivered at the right time and at the right price, please contact Rush today.