TRADE AND MARKET I NG There is still plenty of room for new French-fry varieties At the beginning of November, the European potato breeding companies and seed potato trading companies operating in the Netherlands presented their latest promising numbers and varieties again for their mostly global customer base. The largest percentage of these is destined for the French-fry market and all participants at the variety presentation days expect to have one or more contenders at the show, it was reported. That raises the question, is there room for all those new French-fry varieties? Absolutely, they all responded with one voice. Because even if only ten varieties in the Netherlands account for half the seed potato acreage of French fries, sooner or later there will be plenty of room for the replacement of that other half, is the unanimous reaction. And if this is not in the Netherlands, it will be somewhere (perhaps far) outside. Potato World 2019 • number 3 25 Pagina 24

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