Potato Market - PotatoEurope Expo 2015 Gets Underway in Belgium in Less Than a Week

Vegetables And Melons August 27, 2015
Author: Olga Minchina
Account Manager

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Source: PotatoPro, PotatoEurope

PotatoEurope 2015 is a crucial event for those involved in the potato industry. Taking place every four years, this exhibition welcomes enterprises from the main potato growing countries, offering the unique opportunity for its visitors to consult with professionals about such matters as potato harvesting and processing. In previous years this event was held in France, the Netherlands and Germany. This year, PotatoEurope will open on 2nd and 3rd of September 2015 in Kain, Belgium.

Organised by FEDAGRIM, the Belgian Federation of Builders, Importers and Dealers in agricultural equipment, this Expo is expected to eclipse all the previous ones in size and in number of participants. By mid-May, almost two hundred exhibitors from twelve countries had already registered for the event. Experts from every sphere of the potato industry will take part in the exhibition, ranging from planting, processing, warehousing and construction to irrigation, farm machinery, logistics and packaging.

A great number of Dutch companies signed up for participation, such as Stet Holland, a leading international potato trading company, whose main focus lies in growing potatoes mainly in the early planting regions of the EU, Africa (northern and eastern parts) and the Middle East, supplying superb potatoes to the fresh market.

Propak BV is another participant of PotatoEurope 2015, and the company is based in Geldermalsen, the Netherlands. This company has been on the market for more than thirty years, specializing in handling equipment for potatoes and other agricultural products. For example, the potato washing line by Propak BV functions with integrated water recirculation (up to 20t/h) and features an electronic scale which enables it to produce seven hundred bags per hour or more.

Omnivent, a large international company headquartered in the Netherlands, will also take part in this Expo. The company has branches worldwide, and is engaged in potato production and storage segments. Complete storage solutions by Omnivent may be of interest to potato growers, who would certainly appreciate tailored storage management systems.

Overall, the Netherlands dominates in the global potato trade. In 2014, the Netherlands exported 2,102 thousand tonnes of potato totaling 906 million USD, 14% under the previous year. Its primary trading partner on the global potato market was Belgium, where it supplied 13% of its total potato exports in value terms, accounting for 34% of Belgium's total imports.

From 2007 to 2014, the Netherlands was a net exporter of potato. Over this period, exports consistently exceeded imports in value terms. However, in physical terms, the difference was less pronounced.

France and Germany were among the other main global suppliers of potato in 2014. However, the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 were China (+19% per year) and Egypt (+17% per year).

The Netherlands' top 5 trading partners were Belgium, Germany, Algeria, Italy and Spain, with a combined 45% share of the Netherlands' potato exports. The share of Germany increased slightly (+1.3 percentage points), while the share of Italy illustrated negative dynamics (-0.4 percentage points). The shares of the Netherlands' other partners remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

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