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The New Zealand Potato Industry is in a strong position, with an industry worth $1088 million in 2020. Full industry overview can be found here.

Please open the folders below for a breakdown of monthly fresh and processed statistics.

Frozen processed potatoes make up the bulk of exports as fresh potatoes are currently prohibited access to many potential markets for phytosanitary reasons.

Frozen Processed Potato Exports

Frozen processing is dominated by McCain Foods of Canada, which has a plant in Timaru, and Mr Chips with plants in Auckland and Christchurch. The main processing varieties are Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Shepody, which have an average yield of around 60t/ha. The main frozen export market is Australia, which takes over 75% of New Zealand’s frozen processed potato exports and is a market which continues to grow. The next largest markets are Japan, French Polynesia and Papua New Guinea, which each take around 6% of New Zealand’s frozen potato exports.

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Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD December 2019
474 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD November 2019
414 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD October 2019
430 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD August 2019
517 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD July 2019
423 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD May 2019
460 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD April 2019
474 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD February 2019
461 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD December 2018
537 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD November 2018
534 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD September 2018
584 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD August 2018
552 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD July 2018
570 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2018
561 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD May 2018
639 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD January 2018
1054 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD December 2017
983 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD November 2017
1123 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD August 2017
1065 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD July 2017
1076 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2017
1009 downloads
496 downloads
526 downloads
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578 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2016
486 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD May 2016
608 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD April 2016
499 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD August 2015
468 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2015
598 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD April 2015
462 downloads
484 downloads
474 downloads
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Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2014
468 downloads

Fresh Potato Exports

The fresh export market is much smaller, due to the rigorous phytosanitary requirements of most countries. However, in 2014, 29,544 tonnes of fresh potatoes were exported, over 75% of which were sent to Fiji. The remaining 25% are predominately sent to markets in the Pacific and Asia. Fresh potatoes are currently prohibited access to many potential markets, such as Japan and Australia. The industry has recently gained access for fresh potatoes to Taiwan, South Korea and Viet Nam and it is hoped that these markets will grow in importance in the next few years.

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Week 6 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
309 downloads
Week 5 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
350 downloads
Week 4 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
332 downloads
Week 3 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
314 downloads
Week 2 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
352 downloads
Week 1 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
308 downloads

Exports of seed potatoes

New Zealand also has a small market for its export seed potatoes. Around 1000 tonnes were exported in 2014 up from 200 tonnes in 2013, most of which were sent to New Caledonia.