Finally we could meet again. Therefore Thorsens Chipskartofler had invited all their growers to a grower meeting. Erik Thorsen explained about the new things that have happened in the company and also how the market is looking. Then Torben Nielsen explained about handling and drying regarding the harvest. After this there was a tour around the company where the new storage building was inspected and we saw the production while it was washing and sorting potatoes.
Then we took a trip to the trial field, where Torben talked about which varieties looks promising in the future and then there was a lot of talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the different varieties. We finished the day with a nice sandwich that was enjoyed in the lovely weather.
Now the new harvest has started in Germany and from this week we will be using both new and old harvest. We expect to use 100% new harvest within the next 2 weeks. The interesting thing about potatoes is that every year is a new season with new challenges and victories. We are excited to see what the new season will bring.
The building will soon be closed. Unfortunately we are slowed down by delays in the delivery of panels, but we expect the storage to be completely closed in week 21. We are all following the building and it is great to see how much is happening each day. We are really happy and proud that the building continues to be within the time schedule despite the giant pressure that is on the construction industry right now. We are excited for September, where the storage will be finished.
Our agro department has now planted potatoes in our conventional trial field. This year we have 37 varieties in trial, within the 3 product segments: crisps, ware potatoes and fries. We are excited to follow the process of each variety throughout the season. Our field trials are very interesting, because we follow all the varieties throughout the whole season, the growing period, the harvest season and the whole storing period, where the quality of the varieties are controlled 3 times more.
Friday the steel frames for the storage were put up and therefore we decided to have a little get together for all employees and the building team, where we served some cold drinks in the sun. As you can see in the last picture we also got a crown on top. The project is finally beginning to look like a storage and we are following the time schedule. The next step in the building project is to get the concrete finished and install purlins and panels. Now we just hope that the good weather has come to stay and that the project will continue to be on schedule. We want to thank Skibbild Entreprise, who are responsible for the building, for a good cooperation.
We are beginning to see the development of the construction. The concrete around the bunker has now been cast and the concrete floor ducts are also being cast. We can see a big difference every day and we are looking forward to when the steel frames will be put up and we then can see the shape of the entire building. We expect this will happen in week 14 and we hope that the weather will be on our side.
It is time to give an update on the building of the new storage. The groundwork is now done and they have started the foundation work. We have been lucky with the weather so far and we hope this continues. We are following the building closely and will continue to give updates when its time for the next step.
We are happy to announce that we on the 4th of January 2021 have started building a new storage with room for approximately 12.000 tons with a receiving station. The project has been in the plans for a long time and therefore we are excited that we have now started with the groundwork. The storage will be finished in September 2021 so it is ready to use in the storing season. We expect that the new storage will contribute to securing our supply and that a new receiving station will result in shorter waiting time for the drivers in the busy periods. We will continue to give updates on the building process.
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