Month: July 2015

US potato industry continues push for access to Mexican market

The U.S. potato industry continues to be directly involved in the effort to fully gain access to Mexico for U.S. fresh potatoes. Last week in an action to appeal the decision by the first court to grant a temporary injunction, a Circuit Court terminated the temporary injunction granted in that particular case. While this is a significant positive step, it[Read[Read More…]

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Producers hope potatoes take root in China

Potatoes seem like an unlikely ingredient for ice cream, but the allure of tasting the strange concoction had dozens of visitors lining-up at the China Kitchen exhibition at the 2015 World Potato Congress in Beijing. The 1,000-square-meter stall was serving up to 100 potato-based foods, from noodles to sweet purple drinks, developed by Xisen Potato Industry Co. Ltd., the country’s[Read[Read More…]

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Australia: Researcher honoured at World Potato Congress

A potato industry researcher is only the second Australian to be honoured at the world potato congress. Australian horticulture researcher and industry stalwart Kevin Clayton-Greene was honoured with a prestigious industry recognition award at the ninth world potato congress in Beijing, China. Dr Clayton-Greene, who worked as operations general manager for major potato and vegetable producer Harvest Moon until 2012,[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato Industry Leadership Institute to be held Feb. 17-25, 2016

The National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) are accepting applications for the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) class of 2016. The annual eight-day program, held Feb. 17-25, 2016, is designed to identify, develop, and cultivate new leaders within the U.S. potato industry. During the program, 20 potato growers and industry representatives from across the country focus[Read[Read More…]

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PROCESS EXPO 2015 educational program announces two more sessions

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) today announced the details of two exciting sessions to be launched at this year’s PROCESS EXPO by the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health. These sessions are an important part of the PROCESS EXPO’s educational program that takes places during the four day trade show (September 15-18) at Chicago’s McCormick Place. You are unauthorized[Read More…]

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Frito-Lay files European patent for microwaveable snack packs

Frito-Lay has developed a microwaveable snack pack that enables consumers to heat chips before eating. The snack major said the invention was “simple and inexpensive to manufacture” and was easy to use for the consumer. The packaging, in pillow or pouch form, could be used to heat a number of snack products, it said, including tortilla chips, potato chips, corn[Read[Read More…]

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Potato poduction and the environmental component of plant disease

By potato specialist Phil Nolte. As a plant pathologist, one of the first things I was taught was a fundamental concept called the “Disease Triangle.” This model contains the key elements required for a plant disease to occur and includes three components: You must have a susceptible host; You must have a virulent pathogen; and These two must come together[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato blight warning after weather turns wet

Potato growers Britain are being urged to be alert against an increasing late blight threat in their crops as conditions turn to favour the moisture-loving disease. Predominantly dry weather has kept a lid on the devastating disease so far this season, allowing growers to keep their crops blight-free. However, recent heavy rain across the UK has provided the moisture to[Read[Read More…]

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China is the world’s biggest producer, consumer of potatoes

China has become the world’s largest potato producer, accounting for nearly a quarter of the global production, according to a new report. The World Potato Congress was held in Beijing’s Yanqing county yesterday. China plants more than 13.59 million acres of potatoes every year, data provided by World Potato Congress shows. More than 1,000 delegates from developing and developed countries,[Read[Read More…]

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La Chine devient le premier producteur mondial de pommes de terre

La Chine est devenue le plus grand producteur de pommes de terre, représentant 25% de la production mondiale, a-t-on appris mercredi de données officielles. Le pays a planté 5,6 millions d’hectares de pommes de terre en 2014, récoltant plus de 95 millions de tonnes, a annoncé le ministère chinois de l’Agriculture. La pomme de terre est, en termes de surface[Read[Read More…]

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US: Sunrain Varieties LLC announces 2015 Facility Tour

Sunrain Varieties LLC, known for their innovation, expertise, and dedication to fresh potato seed development is extending an invitation to members of the press, the trade, and the fresh potato growing community to be their guests at their annual facility tour. Billed as an opportunity to see the unique and exciting new potato varieties that are under development plus a[Read[Read More…]

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Bayer: Promoting sustainability in potatoes

At the 9th World Potato Congress, Bayer CropScience is showcasing its latest innovations and contributions for sustainable potato production. Under the theme ‘Innovating Together for Sustainable Potatoes’ experts from the company will present recent product novelties and new approaches that underline the role of Bayer CropScience as the innovation leader in its field. The 9th World Potato Congress takes place[Read[Read More…]

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CIP collaborates with China’s Novogene on potato genome project

The International Potato Center (CIP) has tapped China’s Novogene Bioinformatics Technology company to provide sequencing and analysis capabilities for a research project that aims to sequence 10 new potato genomes. The partners announced the joint project at the ninth World Potato Congress being held this week in Beijing. Their efforts are intended to facilitate the production of improved varieties of potato[Read[Read More…]

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China: International potato research center established in Beijing

An international potato research center was established on Tuesday in Beijing as experts from the potato industry gathered for the 2015 Beijing World Potato Congress. The International Potato Center – China Center for Asia and the Pacific (CCCAP) – is aimed at boosting scientific research and industrial development in the potato industry. China’s agriculture minister Han Changfu views the center as a sign[Read[Read More…]

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US: NPC holds 2015 Summer meeting

On July 7-9, growers and industry leaders from across the United States met in Kalispell, Montana, to discuss public policy and organizational objectives at the National Potato Council’s (NPC) 2015 Summer Meeting. Kicking off the Meeting, NPC President Dan Lake said: “I am proud of how far this organization has come and where it currently sits on the national level. For such a[Read[Read More…]

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Second factory for UK potato producer

Cushendall-based Glens of Antrim Potatoes has expanded with a second factory and new packaging machinery in a £1.25 million investment with potential to create five more jobs. Established by the McKillop family in 1972 the firm is the largest employer in the Glens area with more than 60 staff and is currently exporting its products across Great Britain and Ireland to[Read[Read More…]

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Europe: The ‘near takeover’ of Potato Masters

It seemed a done deal. Potato Masters had an agreement with Pomuni, but in December, Pomuni decided not to go through with it. It’s not exactly clear why, but it’s likely that they faced some surprises down the road. A few days afterwards, Potato Masters was declared bankrupt. In 2013, Potato Masters still processed 80,000 tonnes of potatoes, with a[Read[Read More…]

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Japanese chain Lotteria rolls out potato chip burgers

The Japanese burger chain Lotteria has introduced some very surprising novelty burgers in the past. Once they released a freakishly huge burger with five patties on it. Then they took things in a completely different direction and released a burger with no patty at all. This time, though, Lotteria has been uncharacteristically restrained in its burger development, because the new[Read[Read More…]

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Potato blight warning in N. Ireland

It has been confirmed that the first outbreak of potato blight in Northern Ireland this year was in Coleraine on 15 July in a crop of King Edward potatoes. This has followed on from full infection periods being recorded between 8 and 14 July at sites across the North. Growers are now advised to protect crops with approved fungicides. The timing and[Read[Read More…]

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