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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
180 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD November 2019
171 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD October 2019
181 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD August 2019
260 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD July 2019
203 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD May 2019
218 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD April 2019
234 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD February 2019
232 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD December 2018
323 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD November 2018
265 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD September 2018
316 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD August 2018
286 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD July 2018
328 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2018
287 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD May 2018
342 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD January 2018
682 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD December 2017
669 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD November 2017
728 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD August 2017
712 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD July 2017
694 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2017
692 downloads
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Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2016
269 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD May 2016
352 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD April 2016
270 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD August 2015
267 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2015
325 downloads
Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD April 2015
271 downloads
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Frozen Processed Potato Export Report YTD June 2014
280 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
128 downloads
Week 5 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
128 downloads
Week 4 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
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Week 3 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
129 downloads
Week 2 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
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Week 1 2020 - NZ Fresh Potato Export Summary
120 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.