Europe, UK, Ireland

Tolsma-Grisnich secures order for potato packaging line in China

Equipment manufacturer Tolsma-Grisnich participated in a Dutch trade mission to China during April of this year. One of the highlights of the trip for Tolsma-Grisnich was the signing of an order for a 30 tonnes per hour potato packaging line with Heilongjiang (Keshan) Fumin Agriculture Development Co. Ltd. This business is located in the north-eastern part of China, where local authorities[Read[Read More…]

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NL: Newly appointed Managing Director to focus on Nedato’s strategic plan

Dutch potato packer Nedato has appointed Carel van Buchem as Managing Director effective May 28, 2018. Carel van Buchem has broad national and international experience as general and commercial manager in the field of nutrition, retail and raw material streams. He has worked at various companies including Van Dijk Delft, Aalsmeer Flower Auction, Nedalco and Cargill. In cooperation with current management, Carel[Read[Read More…]

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Blackheart and senescent sweetening: Two serious physiological issues with potato tubers during storage

In the latest issue of AHDB Potatoes’ regular Storage Bulletin, it is noted that potato tubers are living organisms that go through a number of physiological processes during storage, such as respiration and dormancy. These processes are affected by a variety of factors, which determine the quality of your potatoes and their resulting value in your market of choice. It[Read[Read More…]

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Northern Ireland’s Mash Direct chips away at international markets

Families up and down the country are today celebrating their love of fish and chips, as they come together on National Fish & Chip Day 2018. Pubs, chip shops and restaurants across Britain will be serving the nation’s favourite dish, celebrating the farmers and fisherman who bring produce to plate. From fish and potatoes through to salt and vinegar, the[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Robust potato blight control needed in late planting season

British potato growers are being urged to stay on top of blight disease this season as late spring plantings mean it is even more critical to maintain green leaf area through the summer to maximise yields. In such a late planting season, crop experts say robust blight control will be vital after delayed crop establishment is likely to lead to late[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland’s Keogh’s to help develop potato farming in Ethiopia

The award-winning Keogh’s Farm in north Co Dublin has committed to a three-year partnership with Vita, which will see it become the first Irish food business to go carbon neutral. Developing a sustainable potato cultivation programme for Ethiopian farmers is the aim of the partnership. Vita is the only Irish not-for-profit overseas development agency to deliver a platform for Irish companies to[Read[Read More…]

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Sustainability: Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology helps potato processors to cut down on water usage

The Pulsemaster Pulsed Electric Field PEF technology and equipment used in potato processing plants, are said to improve food quality and food safety, optimise process efficiency, and reduce energy costs. In a Vimeo video - – viewers will notice how Pulsemaster’s Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) Conditioner is used in practice for the production of frozen french fries without a pre-heater. This[Read[Read More…]

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Spud celebration: Royal potato growers celebrate milestone anniversary

Jersey’s potato growers are celebrating a special anniversary this year to mark the moment an ingenious farmer turned a few misshapen potatoes into a premium British crop. This spring marks the 140th anniversary of Jersey Royal potatoes, an agricultural icon with a quintessentially Jersey heritage. It is the only stem vegetable in the British Isles with Protection Designation of Origin status,[Read[Read More…]

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Blight research: GM potato, IPM can reduce environmental impact of potato production by over 95%

Researchers with Teagasc in Ireland have concluded their field study which investigated both the environmental and agronomic impact of a GM potato variety genetically engineered to resist late blight disease, caused by Phytophthora infestans. Potato late blight can rapidly destroy potato crops with growers commonly having to resort to spraying their crops with fungicides on a near weekly basis. Teagasc research[Read[Read More…]

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World Potato Congress event: Company unveils new technology for enhanced monitoring of potato crop development

VITO is an independent Flemish research organisation in the area of clean tech and sustainable development. The company’s WatchITGrow technology is said to allow for better monitoring of potato production leading to increased yields. This tool helps farmers to optimize crop production in a sustainable way. After the so-called “shadow map” which was introduced earlier this year, watchITgrow now unveils a[Read[Read More…]

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Summer Toolbox for British potato growers: Resources available from AHDB Potatoes

“Things are really steaming ahead in many in parts of the country, and growers will be working fast to adapt to the various challenges of the season” said AHDB Potatoes Knowledge Exchange Manager, Claire Hodge. The skilled team at AHDB Potatoes provides growers with a range of helpful resources to help them react to what’s coming down the line, including:[Read[Read More…]

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GMO potato can reduce fungicide use by 90 percent, but activists not happy

Researchers in Ireland and the Netherlands have discovered that a genetically engineered potato carrying a blight resistance gene could help farmers reduce fungicide sprays by up to 90 percent. Scientists from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Teagasc, the Irish agricultural research agency, conducted three years of field tests in the two countries to examine the effectiveness of potato genes aiming to confer[Read[Read More…]

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An electronic potato coming to your fields to help monitor crop development

The future of the potato sector could include the classification of potato production with a smartphone, while receiving information on soil temperature, humidity and CO2 levels in real time thanks to an electronic potato to be planted among the tubers. These new solutions were presented at Macfrut by Romagnoli F.lli Spa. The SolGrader technology was developed by Dutch company Solentum and enables, by taking[Read[Read More…]

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Irish farmers use glasshouses to deliver on potato deal with Aldi

Kilkenny farmers in Ireland used glasshouses to deliver new season potatoes to Aldi on time as part of a huge €70m deal with the retailer. Aldi today announced it will sell €24 million worth of Irish grown potatoes this year, with New Season Irish Potatoes arriving in select Aldi stores on Thursday May 24. Piltown, Co. Kilkenny based O’Shea’s Farms is supplying[Read[Read More…]

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Media campaigns help British potato sales recover

Potato sales have recovered in past three years, thanks in part to industry marketing efforts, according to the AHDB. Following declining price and sales in the UK potato market, AHDB launched ‘Bud the Spud’ three years ago and “More than a Bit on the Side” campaigns in a bid to improve its perception among the public. Using social media, advertising and traditional[Read[Read More…]

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Belgapom reacts to a potential fries boycott by Russia

There might be a Russian boycott on European fries. In response, Romain Cools said closing the borders is purely a form of protectionism.  He is from Belgapom, the Belgian potato trade and processing industry Association. “Russia has been trying to get their potato cultivation on track for years now. The average yield has, however, remained low. For a competitive production[Read[Read More…]

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Intersnack Group snags Tyrrells from Hershey

KP Snacks, a subsidiary of the Intersnack Group, has reached an agreement to acquire the Tyrrells snack business from The Hershey Co. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal includes Tyrrells’ main office and two manufacturing sites in the United Kingdom, along with U.S. manufacturing capabilities, the Aroma Snacks business in Germany and Yarra Valley Snack Foods in[Read[Read More…]

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Preparation for Potato Europe 2018 well underway

Preparations for this year’s PotatoEurope exhibition are progressing well, with planting now complete at the event venue, Rittergut Bockerode farm, near Springe-Mittelrode in Lower Saxony (Germany). Ideal weather conditions and well-prepared soil allowed the potatoes to be planted with the latest seeding technology at the end of April. The site will host this major gathering of European potato professionals on September[Read[Read More…]

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