u TRADE AND MARKET I NG uotation water passed under the bridge’ before the Goes Quotation reached agreement on this with the other parties involved. ‘There was certainly a difference of opinion, which I myself am guilty of. The reason why we didn’t actually want to record categories 1 and 2 is because it’s more of a processing operation. That’s why, at the time, we chose to distinguish between varieties, or rather – groups of varieties. There’s now a compromise with two categories and a distinction between ‘If we’re honest, the quotation dossier has only known losers in recent years’ proud of the new Quotation’, Mark Brantjes (2nd from the left) tells the press both potato grower Watze van der Zee and Aviko Director Dick Zelhorst. start in mid-November with no fewer than ten quotations. First of all, there will be five French-fry quotations. Number two quotation is category 2 for the purposes of traditional French fries, peeling companies, crisps and exports for French-fry processing in other countries, not falling under category 1. The second group of quotations concerns the five remaining categories in the potato trade. These are export, oversized seed potatoes, graded 40/50 millimetre French-fry potatoes, flakes and fodder potatoes. Brantjes also explains that PotatoNL will provide two quotations a week. On Tuesday, it’s the South of the Netherlands from Goes and on Thursday the North from Emmeloord. In total, the Dutch Quotation will soon have eight recorders with two representatives from industry, four from cultivation and two from commerce. Four recorders are in Goes led by Van der Zee and the other four in Emmeloord led by Maas van den Heuvel. Transparent for the entire potato market Chairman Brantjes then underlined that the Quotation wanted above all to be transparent for the entire potato market. That was still quite a point of issue, he recognises frankly, especially when it comes to the input of category 2 suitable for chips, which the Goes Quotation has long been having the most trouble with. Watze van der Zee, chairman of the Goes Quotation, is happy to explain this. He indicates that ‘a lot of varieties. The fact that one is happier with a category 1 and 2, while the other prefers a distinction in varieties, so be it.’ Van der Zee adds that he is also grateful for the input of the VAVI from the South region that helped to strengthen the process of cooperation. ‘We also knew that the solution lies in one single quotation. We haven’t had any input from the industry in recent years because we had a difference of opinion on this. This has now been settled and we’re very happy about that.’ What also played a role in the accelerated process of reaching a single quotation was the still declining trade in non-contracted potatoes. ‘The fact that the regional quotations were less and less able to register due to a lack of transactions certainly plays a role, but is not the main reason for the getting together. As Dick Hylkema pointed out, the importance of creating a single national quotation was at the top of the list of wishes.’ Maas van den Heuvel also expresses his satisfaction with the agreement on behalf of the LNCN Quotation. ‘We’re now further ahead of the other potato countries by offering a single quotation on behalf of the entire potato sector. We’ll continue to base this on a French-fry quotation of 40 millimetres upwards, which we already initiated ‘The fact that one is happier with a category 1 and 2 while the other prefers a distinction in varieties, so be it.’ years ago. After all, between 90 and 95% of the trade is 40-up. The EEX also works with this size. For countries that quote differently, for example Belgapom records 35-up, the EEX applies a correction factor. ● Leo Hanse Potato World 2017 • number 4 25 Pagina 24

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