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The new ‘plastic’: These potato based biodegradable bags dissolve in water, burn like paper, and are edible

Bags made of potatoes could replace plastic as the biodegradable and recyclable alternative for grocery bags in India – a country where slow yet firm steps are being taken towards getting rid of plastic grocery bags. These environment friendly bags are manufactured and distributed in several cities in India by startup business EviGreen. The bags look like plastic bags, but are[Read More…]

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Tiny but effective: Researchers developed new nano-material as potato sprout inhibitor

In a research paper published recently online in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, scientists from Hefei Institute of Physical Science in China claim they have developed a nano-material that inhibits the sprouting of potatoes. The material is named “hydrophobic nano silica” (H-SiO2) and was developed through the modification of nano silica by amino silicon oil (ASO) – and then applied[Read More…]

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Key Technology appoints Bret Larreau as Director of Latin America and Asia Sales

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, announces the promotion of Bret Larreau to the position of Director of Latin America and Asia Sales. Larreau is responsible for managing Key’s sales activities in the Latin America, Asia Pacific and Australia/New Zealand regions to bring the company’s digital sorters, vibratory conveyors and other automation systems to food[Read More…]

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South Korean consumers shift toward imported potatoes

Production of fresh potato in Korea is expected to increase in calendar year 2018, to 530,000 tonnes; up 14 per cent from 2017. Despite higher domestic volumes, a USDA Gain report states that consumers continue to shift toward consumption of imported potatoes and potato products. Following the resolution of a phytosanitary issue in the US’ Pacific Northwest, US exports of fresh[Read More…]

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Taco Bell wants to ‘Make Potato Great’ again in India

Aloo Jeera, Aloo Gobhi, Aloo Matar, Aloo Palak, Aloo Methi; these are just some of the more typical items you’ll find on most Indian menus. Boiled, mashed, baked, blanched, fried et al, the humble potato, a staple for many, can be served up in so many (many) forms and thus, caters to a wide variety of taste buds. But what[Read More…]

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PepsiCo attempts health focus in Thailand

PepsiCo Food, a part of Pepsi-Cola Thai Trading Co and the maker of Lay’s potato chips, is shifting to healthier snack options. The company aims to make Sunbites, a multigrain snack, healthy snack brand among Thais. The move is part of Pepsi-Cola’s 2016-25 strategic plan to focus on three core priorities: improving health and well-being through the products it sells, protecting the[Read More…]

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Plants in the bag: PepsiCo India to launch plant-based packaging for Lay’s chips

Rising concerns around plastic pollution have compelled FMCG companies to rethink their packaging solutions. Food and beverage major PepsiCo, for instance, announced it will launch the first-ever 100% compostable, plant-based packaging for Lay’s and Kurkure snacks products, this year. “As a responsible leader in the food and beverage industry, our Performance with Purpose 2025 goal is to design all packaging to[Read More…]

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US and Indonesia sign market access agreement for US fresh potatoes

On June 5, the United States and Indonesia reached a market access agreement that will allow U.S. fresh potatoes to be exported to Indonesia under a defined set of phytosanitary requirements. The agreement comes after four years of discussions and will include both U.S. chipping potatoes for further processing and table-stock potatoes for direct consumption. Potatoes produced in all U.S. states[Read More…]

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Mission accomplished: Kiremko signs agreement with Indian potato fry processor

During a recent Dutch trade mission to India, potato processing equipment manufacturer Kiremko signed a deal with Hyfun Foods, a potato processor headquartered in Mumbai, India. Dutch based Kiremko’s Director, Paul Oosterlaken, and the CEO of Hyfun Foods, Haresh Karamchandani, signed a contract for a potato fry line with a capacity of six tonnes of frozen french fries per hour. Accompanied by Dutch[Read More…]

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Dutch experts help Indonesia deal with potato pests

Potato cultivation in the highlands of Indonesia is plagued by a number of pests, including Potato Cyst Nematodes and Phytophthora infestans. Dutch experts are now helping their Indonesian counterparts to find the right approach to control these potato pests. In order to further study, best impede and conquer the spread of the PCN, the Agriculture Quarantine Agency (AQA) of the Indonesian Ministry[Read More…]

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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 More…]

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Russia lifts ban on Egyptian potato exports from 8 regions

Egypt’s Minister of Trade and Industry Tariq Qabeel said that the Russian authorities have agreed to lift the ban on Egypt exports of potatoes from 8 agricultural areas and to allow the export of these crops starting from June 6. The minister said in a statement on Saturday that the decision comes as a culmination of the negotiations held in Russia[Read More…]

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Grimme opens new €13 million machinery factory in China

In front of guests and the staff of Grimme China, Franz, Christine and Christoph Grimme have opened a new manufacturing plant in Tianjin. According to the manufacturer, best known here in Ireland for its potato-related equipment, the new 12,500m² facility is “state-of-the-art”. Tianjin is located approximately 130km south-east of Beijing – China’s massive capital city. The development includes a new 1,400m² office building; it’s all situated[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 More…]

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Grimme opens potato equipment production plant in China

Franz, Christine und Christoph Grimme recently inaugurated the modern Grimme plant in Tianjin, China. With an investment in excess of ‎€ 13 million (USD 15.7 million) GRIMME China is the largest single investment in the 150-year history of the company outside of Germany. Initially the production will be focused on a range of equipment for potato cultivation developed specifically for[Read More…]

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Advanced ICT technology applied at potato farms in South Korea

It is expected that potato farmers in South Korea will see their income and productivity improving through the application of advanced Information and Communications (ICT) solutions, establishing “smart” farms. SK Telecom, Orion and SMARF signed a business agreement at the Orion potato contract farm in Gyeongbuk province on April 25th to provide ‘intelligent irrigation and water management solutions to potato farms[Read More…]

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Belaya Dacha Group and Lamb Weston / Meijer potato processing plant opened in Russia

Yesterday, a new potato processing plant was officially opened in Russia’s Lipetsk region, south of Moscow. This first Russian large-scale french fries production facility was built by a Joint Venture project of the Russian Belaya Dacha Group and Dutch based processor Lamb Weston / Meijer. The construction of the plant was subsidized by the Russian State Program for Agriculture Development. Local production of[Read More…]

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McDonald’s Russia turns to local fries from new processing plant, citing Western sanction woes

French fries at McDonald’s restaurants from Moscow to Murmansk will be Russian from now on, as the American fast-food chain turns to homegrown potatoes to deal with ruble volatility caused by fluctuating oil prices and Western sanctions. McDonald’s Corp, which opened in Russia in 1990 as the Soviet Union collapsed, has been gradually turning to local ingredients in its Russian outlets[Read More…]

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Maine Potato Board monitoring U.S.-China trade disputes

The Maine Potato Board is keeping a close watch on trade disputes between the United States and China, which is one of the top five export markets for U.S. potato products. The County reported the board is concerned about the possibility of potatoes becoming subject to tariffs if the trade dispute between China and the U.S. extends beyond China’s announced plans to[Read More…]

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Canadian breeder brought botanical potato seed to China for variety now worth billions in benefits

In the mid 1980’s, potato breeder and grower Peter VanderZaag, based in Ontario, Canada brought the botanical seed of the Cooperation-88 (C88) potato variety to Yunnan province in China. The C88 variety developed from that seed eventually became one of the most important potato varieties in Asia and it ended up being grown on 1 million acres (200,000 ha) of[Read More…]

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Late blight scare: Migrant European pathogen generated aggressive new variants in India, not yet found elsewhere globally

An international team of scientists from several countries including India, the UK and the US examined the population structure of the Phytophthora infestans pathogen that caused the 2013–14 late blight epidemic in eastern and northeastern India. Their findings were published online recently in the journal Nature.The data provide new baseline information for populations of P. infestans in India. It was found that a migrant European[Read More…]

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Grant offers boost for Australian potato growers

A Yarloop potato grower in Australia says a $150,000 State Government grant for a custom-built washing/grading/packaging line will benefit the South West industry in that country. Fox Farms Pty Ltd owner Patrick Fox said his company had identified an opportunity overseas in Singapore and the Middle East to supply premium washed and brushed potatoes. “We are hoping that will relieve some of[Read More…]

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Dutch company Farm Frites to build $165m potato processing facility in Kazakhstan

It is reported from Kazakhstan that Dutch based Farm Frites will open a potato processing facility in the Almaty region of the country in 2019. Kazakhstan’s investment promotion company Kazakh Invest is said to have organized a number of meetings between managers of the Dutch company Farm Frites, Simon Quist and Jos den Boer, and highly placed authorities in Kazakhstan, including the Kazakh Deputy Prime[Read More…]

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Ahead of looming crisis, the Potato Mission ends in India’s Odisha state

With yet another potato crisis looming over the state, the much-hyped potato mission that was launched to achieve self-sufficiency in potato production and enhance storage capacity for potatoes is all set to come to an abrupt end in March 2018. The three-year old mission by the government failed badly in meeting the targets of production as well as storage. Ironically[Read More…]

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Large organic potato and vegetable project for APH Group in Russia

APH Group with its headquarters in the Netherlands recently concluded a multi-million Euro contract with a Russian enterprise to deliver machines and installations for the organic production of potatoes and vegetables. The project is being implemented in the South of Russia and will be the largest organic potato and vegetable farm in Russia. The customer is a Russian entrepreneur who[Read More…]

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