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PRESS RELEASE : AGRANA successfully concludes its longest ever starch potato processing campaign - IMAGE

03/05/2021 | 04:22am
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2020/21 campaign extends for a total of 189 days 
 
Company Information/Agriculture/Processing industry 
 
Vienna - At the end of February, AGRANA successfully ended its processing of the 
2020/2021 potato harvest at its potato starch mill in Gmünd (Lower Austria). 
With a processing period of 189 days, this was AGRANA's longest ever campaign in 
Austria. 
 
From 20.8.2020 to 25.2.2021, a record quantity of 322,000 metric tons of starch 
potatoes were processed at the Gmünd site, which is not only a considerable 
increase compared to the prior year (276,000 metric tons), but also a third more 
than the average of the last five years. The average starch content amounted to 
17.8% (prior year: 18.3%). 
 
The wet weather during the harvest made conditions challenging for farmers while 
digging up the potatoes and also had impacts on the delivery of the raw 
materials to the Gmünd factory and during production. As a result of the long 
wet period, the raw materials between October and January were constantly 
delivered with a high proportion of wet soil, which entailed more work while 
washing and scrubbing the potatoes clean. "Despite the particularly high 
quantities of potatoes, which represented new challenges for the starch campaign 
in terms of storage, logistics and technology in 2020/21, it was possible to 
successfully overcome these in the course of this year's potato processing 
campaign," stresses AGRANA CEO Johann Marihart. 
 
Production at full capacity - despite corona 
At Gmünd, Austria's only potato starch factory, AGRANA manufactures not only 
food-grade starches but also starches for technical applications such as those 
in the paper, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. The facility also 
processes organic potatoes to make organic starches, organic sweeteners and 
organic long-life potato products such as purées, potato dough mixes and baby 
food. In total, AGRANA manufactures over 300 different starch products at its 
mill in Gmünd. 
Production levels have remained high from Day 1 even during the corona pandemic. 
Demand has increased, particularly for packaged potato purée and dough. 
 
 
About AGRANA 
 
AGRANA converts agricultural raw materials into high-quality foods and numerous 
industrial intermediate products. About 9,400 employees at 56 production 
facilities worldwide generate annual Group revenue of around EUR 2.5 billion. 
The Group was founded in 1988, is the global leader in fruit preparations and 
also a major producer of fruit juice concentrates in Europe as well as being a 
key manufacturer of customised potato, corn and wheat starch products as well as 
organic ethanol in its Starch segment. AGRANA is one of the leading sugar 
companies in Central and Eastern Europe. 
 
This press release is available in German and English at www.agrana.com [http:// 
www.agrana.com/]. 
 
 
 
Further inquiry note: 
AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG 
 
 
Mag.(FH) Hannes Haider 
Investor Relations 
Tel.: +43-1-211 37-12905 
e-mail:hannes.haider@agrana.com 
 
 
Mag.(FH) Markus Simak 
Public Relations 
Tel.: +43-1-211 37-12084 
e-mail: markus.simak@agrana.com 
 
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March 05, 2021 04:21 ET (09:21 GMT)

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