The Spanish potato trade depends almost exclusively on imports from France
With a lower yield per hectare but with impeccable quality, the harvest has begun in the Campo de Cartagena for one of the largest European producers of potatoes: the Alicante firm Patatas Beltrán.
The most important challenge facing Meijer Ibérica for the decade to come will focus on varieties suitable for frying in both the industrial and the domestic settings with a low or zero acrylamide content after frying.
The economic crisis has caused significant changes in Spanish consumer habits. Occurrences in the sector’s packing companies faithfully reflect this reality.
The year 2011 will stick in the memory as one of the worst years for the potato sector in the region of Castilla Leon.
The ever longer presence of French potatoes on the Spanish market limits the proper commercial progression of Spanish production.
In addition to its extensive range of products, Hijos de José Luis Gómez, the potato marketing company from León, has incorporated its latest innovation: Baby Pat, medium and small calibre potatoes suitable for microwaving.
Supplied through Ibérica de Patatas, potatoes from Málaga have entered the Spanish commercial circuits at the end of March.
Dentro de la tónica general que se respira en los mercados, la cooperativa alavesa Udapa continúa su crecimiento gracias a la comercialización de un 18% más de producto.
Newco, the Association for Potato Technology Transfer, together with Neiker Tecnalia is endeavouring to reduce external dependency by investing in its own varieties.
The Southern Exporters company from Cadiz has always focussed exclusively on foreign markets – Germany especially was particularly important. Nowadays, things have changed and this country no longer occupies first place.
Coinciding with its 40th anniversary, 2012 will be a record year in terms of new products.