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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
309 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD November 2019
261 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD October 2019
287 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD August 2019
363 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD July 2019
293 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD May 2019
317 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD April 2019
331 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD February 2019
322 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD December 2018
407 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD November 2018
381 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD September 2018
422 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD August 2018
404 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD July 2018
410 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2018
388 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD May 2018
461 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD January 2018
840 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD December 2017
784 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD November 2017
898 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD August 2017
858 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD July 2017
859 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2017
814 downloads
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Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2016
354 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD May 2016
455 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD April 2016
362 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD August 2015
345 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2015
442 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD April 2015
344 downloads
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Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2014
347 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
192 downloads
Week 5 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
193 downloads
Week 4 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
207 downloads
Week 3 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
191 downloads
Week 2 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
211 downloads
Week 1 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
181 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.