Breeding, Varieties

Caribou Russet variety gains international interest

The Caribou Russet is Maine's newest potato variety and was developed by the University of Maine and released with the Maine Potato Board.Of the three new potato varieties released by the Maine Potato Board and University of Maine in the past two years, at least one is gaining traction in the market. The Maine Potato Board of directors voted during a Jan. 28 meeting to allow the board’s executive staff to discuss an international licensing arrangement for the Caribou Russet with McCain Foods, the world’s largest producer of french fries. Released last March, the Caribou Russet “does seem to have some real potential,” Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board, said. The board and University of Maine license the variety in the U.S. and Canada, but McCain Foods is interested in paying for the rights to license it in other countries. More

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