Antti Kuusisto has been appointed Managing Director of Perunakauppa Luonnosta Oy starting from the 1st of April 2017. Antti has a long experience in the potato sector and has worked for the past eight years as Sales Director of Perunakauppa Luonnosta. Please note that possible changes to contact persons will be discussed with customers and suppliers in the near future. For more information, please contact Antti Kuusisto Managing Director +358 400 256 367 antti.kuusisto@luonnosta.fi Eero Pisilä Chairman of the Board +358 40 504 6433 eero.pisila@perunamestarit.com...

The Big Idaho Potato Truck is starting it's 6th season of delivering potato message across America. In six months the truck will cover about 37 000 km and millions of pictures will be taken of the giant tater. This sure looks like potato propaganda one never forgets! Read more on PotatoPro! Picture: Idaho Potato Commission...

The ongoing sales season has proven that larger scale organic production stands a chance also in Finland. Until recently the market for organic potato has been the dominated by smaller local growers and a few bigger producers. However, an increase in acreage is needed to meet the increasing demand and quality requirements of both domestic and export customers. For example, it's still rather difficult to find bigger lots of consistent quality for export. This is sure to be changed in...

The headline has been borrowed from an article written by fashion journalist Mia Frilander for a Finnish online community Lily.fi. The article is in Finnish, but it's well worth mentioning in English also. She tells about the shift in her diet and how potato has regained it's reputation after being on the list of foods to be avoided for a long time. We hope that many people who still feel potato is unhealthy would read this article. It would sure...

Finnish Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen is visiting Tyrnävä on Thursday the 2nd of March. His programme will include meetings with potato professionals with the aim of exchanging information about the industry and markets....

Finnish potato market is clearly demand driven at the moment with both packers and industry looking for suitable lots. There's also strong export demand, but sales are limited due to availability. It's expected that domestic storages will be enough to satisfy most of the demand....

The amount of potato in Finnish storages on the 15th of January was approximately 93000 tons according to an annual survey by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). This is well below average but a little higher than last year. On the other hand, imports have been significantly smaller. This has resulted in storage levels depleting quite fast. You can check the figures on Luke's homepage....

Luonnosta will be visiting Fruit Logistica in Berlin. We'll take part in the potato evening at Hilton on Tuesday and the exhibition on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please, don't hesitate to contact Antti Kuusisto (+358 400 256 367) or Olga Andreeva (+358 40 709 4843) and agree on a meeting!...

The biggest supermarket chain in Finland, the cooperative S-chain, has announced a significant cut on sales prices of vegetables. The new prices are said to be up to 40 % lower than before. The chain has told the lower prices will be funded by better efficiency and lower margins. However, there is serious fear of price reductions among producers. Price cuts on vegetables are welcome as such, because it could lead to more consumption. Vegetables are already experiencing an upwards trend...

Finnish newspaper Maaseudun Tulevaisuus has published an article describing plans to use the soon to be closed underground mine in Pyhäjärvi, Finland for potato growing. Local development company and Natural Resources Institute Finland are planning projects to introduce hydroponic growing in the depths of the mine. The products would be valuable plant components and for example high value potatoes. Pyhäsalmi mine, operated by First Quantum Minerals, is the deepest working underground mine in Europe with lowest level below 1400 m....