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French starch potato producers called to mobilize

Potato Starch
Fresh Common Potato
Vegetables
France
Published Feb 10, 2023

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“This is the imminent situation that the starch potato growers, who supply the last two French starch factories (in the Somme and the Marne) producing high purity starches intended to supply the food industry, pharmaceuticals (composition of Doliprane, Advil, etc.), cosmetics (lipsticks), paper, etc., will have to face,” according to the last UNPT press release. While the starch sector is still battling to recover from the post-Covid crisis, when global starch prices dropped, it is also feeling the brunt of a climatic catastrophe, which is having a significant impact on national yields, causing them to plummet. The lowest yield ever reported is 107.5 tons per hectare in 2022. “As a result, the starch potato production is down 28% in a year, and producers are justifiably concerned about the future of French industry. While surface areas have already decreased by 12% in 2022, 2023 will see an additional 15% decrease with 2,500 hectares less! Less surface area equals less volume for the two French processing factories that handle starch potatoes, which are directly threatened with closure by this slowing of surfaces, even though their industrial viability has already been impaired for years,” the UNPT document shows.

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“This is the imminent situation that the starch potato growers, who supply the last two French starch factories (in the Somme and the Marne) producing high purity starches intended to supply the food industry, pharmaceuticals (composition of Doliprane, Advil, etc.), cosmetics (lipsticks), paper, etc., will have to face,” according to the last UNPT press release. While the starch sector is still battling to recover from the post-Covid crisis, when global starch prices dropped, it is also feeling the brunt of a climatic catastrophe, which is having a significant impact on national yields, causing them to plummet. The lowest yield ever reported is 107.5 tons per hectare in 2022. “As a result, the starch potato production is down 28% in a year, and producers are justifiably concerned about the future of French industry. While surface areas have already decreased by 12% in 2022, 2023 will see an additional 15% decrease with 2,500 hectares less! Less surface area equals less volume for ...
Source: Argenpapa
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