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Sulfite-free fix: New clean food solution for potato browning introduced

The top product quality challenge facing fresh-cut potato processors is enzymatic browning and a common browning preventative – sulfites – can trigger an allergic reaction in some people. Using sulfites can also trigger FDA-mandated labeling. Now there’s a sulfite-free fix by Syracuse based Hennessy Food.

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Retailers get a jump on planning with IPC potato category reports

With global events during the past few years upending longtime consumer shopping behavior, are potato sales trends anywhere close to a stable new normal? According to a news report by The Produce News, questions like this have led the Idaho Potato Commission to invest heavily in delivering actionable data, teaming up with Category Partners to produce information that is a proven asset to IPC’s team in the field, said Ross Johnson, IPC vice president of retail and international.

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FAM Stumabo to showcase latest cutting innovations at Fruit Logistica

FAM Stumabo will be present to showcase its latest cutting innovations in the vegetable and fruit industry at the Fruit Logistica show in Berlin, Germany from 8 to 10 February. As the European leader in the field of industrial cutting machines, FAM focuses on developing industrial cutting machines for the food industry, by providing customers with the solutions they need for the cutting, slicing and dicing of vegetables, fruits, potatoes.

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Challenges and opportunities for South African potato farmers

Even as South Africa’s potato industry feels the weight of adverse production conditions, high input costs and rolling blackouts, producers have reason for optimism, reports Glenneis Kriel in a news article for Farmers Weekly. The local potato sector aims to increase annual production from about 2,6 million tons to 3,2 million tons over the next five years, according to Dirk Uys, research and innovation manager at Potatoes South Africa.

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A successful event, great experience: Potato Expo attendance returns to pre-pandemic levels

On Jan. 4-5, more than 1,800 U.S. potato growers and industry members from a dozen countries turned out for Potato Expo 2023, hosted by the National Potato Council, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado, to do business and prepare their operations for the future. Celebrating its 15th year, Potato Expo 2023 broke previous attendance records for an event hosted outside of Las Vegas, with 1,816 registered attendees and 175 exhibitors covering more than 90,000 square feet in the Aurora Exhibit Hall.

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IFA: Planted area expected to reduce in Ireland, export market for frozen products strong in Europe

Retail potato trade over the Christmas period was buoyant in Ireland and it is now back to usual levels, according to the Irish Farmers Association’s (IFA). Planted area is expected to reduce again in Ireland. In the U.K., IFA reports that movement over the holiday period appears to have kept up with expectations. In Europe, processing factories are back to full production after the holiday break, and confidence in the export market for frozen potato products is strong.

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Report: Quick service restaurants drive global frozen potato market, industry booming in the Asia Pacific

A new report by Expert Market Research gives an in-depth analysis of the global frozen potato products market. According to the report, the growing popularity of quick service restaurants (QSRs) in both developing and developed countries is driving the global frozen potato market. North America and Europe dominate the business, but the Asia-Pacific area is likely to become one of the most profitable frozen potato marketplaces in the near future.

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Canadian Potato Summit to feature presentations on potato diseases, nitrogen dynamics

The third-annual Canadian Potato Summit, a free virtual event, will be hosted by Potatoes in Canada magazine tomorrow, January 12. Gary Secor, professor of plant pathology at North Dakota State University, will talk about a new potato disease and some old potato diseases that have similar symptoms in storage. • Haider Abbas, applied research specialist, Canada-Manitoba Crop Diversification Centre, will give a presentation on tracking nitrogen dynamics within the potato root zone.

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How alternative potato desiccation systems performed in Britain in 2022

Two alternative means of desiccating potato crops were trialled during the 2022 season and both machines offer potential, although more work is planned to optimise use in British conditions, as Adam Clarke reports in an extensive article for Farmers Weekly. In his article, Clarke reports in depth on CropZone’s hybrid electric weeder and the Vegniek Discmaster haulm puller.

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‘A world rapidly warming’: The past eight years were the eight warmest on record for planet

The last eight years have been the eight warmest on record as the growing concentration of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere pushes global temperatures toward a dangerous tipping point, a new report shows. As Ivana Kottasová reports for CNN, an analysis by the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service published on Tuesday said that 2022 was the fifth-warmest year for the planet since records began.

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Leading Swiss potato chip producer invests in VAM WaterTech washing technology

Zweifel Pomy-Chips AG has been the leading potato chip manufacturer in Switzerland for many years. Every day, tons of raw material from Swiss fields are processed into high-quality, crispy chips for the food retail trade throughout Switzerland. For the water-intensive washing process, Zweifel has been relying on the innovative recirculation system from VAM Watertech for about five years.

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Blight resistant potatoes: Marketing ploy or real?

This article was written by Amy Skea of Potato House. “As with any industry, research and development is key, and the UK seed potato industry is no exception and is always progressing.  We at Skea Organics and Potato House are proud to be involved in this, and this year we hosted some organic potato demonstrations  with several of the leading names in the industry involved.”

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‘Not just a fad’: Is potato protein the next big thing?

You’re familiar with whey, pea, and soy, but potato protein? It might not be just a fad, writes Julia Savacool in a news story published by Yahoo!life. According to Savacool, a new study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise finds that consuming protein extracted from potatoes has the same benefits for helping your body rebound after a workout as consuming milk protein.

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John Deere debuts new planting technology and electric excavator at CES 2023

During John Deere’s CES 2023 keynote address, the company revealed two new technologies, ExactShot and an electric excavator, that will help Deere’s customers be more productive, profitable, and sustainable. ExactShot allows farmers to reduce the amount of starter fertilizer needed during planting by more than 60%. The technology uses sensors and robotics to place starter fertilizer precisely onto seeds as they are planted in the soil.

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World Potato Congress Inc announces new President, VP and board director

Following 16 years of dedicated volunteer service to the World Potato Congress Inc., Mr. John Griffin will be stepping down from his role of President of the World Potato Congress Inc. Dr. Peter VanderZaag will step into the role of President and CEO of WPC Inc. WPC also announced Dr. Nora Olsen as the new Vice-President of the World Potato Congress. Brian Douglas accept the nomination of Director to the Board.

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Higher quality, lower acreage for Idaho russet crop

Quality over quantity is the watchword for the 2022 russet crop in Idaho, as growers grappled with increased input costs and weather challenges that led to fewer acres being planted. “The potato quality looks amazing this year — maybe the best in recent memory,” said Travis Blacker, vice president of industry relations and research for the Idaho Potato Commission. He said Idaho farmers have welcomed the increased demand for potatoes and have been using their profits to put money back into their businesses.

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Univ of Idaho Extension to host Idaho Potato Conference

University of Idaho Extension will highlight the latest in news and research affecting the state’s most famous crop during the 55th Annual Idaho Potato Conference and Trade Show, scheduled for Jan. 18-19 in the Pond Student Union Building on the Idaho State University campus. Event partner Spectra Productions will host a trade show featuring more than 70 booths and displays from agricultural vendors and service providers.

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Australia: Industry insider reveals frustrating reason for empty Coles fridges

The hot chip shortage has now hit close to home [in Australia], with the internet divided over a recent photo of an empty Coles fridge, writes Joanne Tran in a news story published by The Daily Telegraph. In a now-viral Reddit post, a user shared a snap of the frozen chips section at their local Coles, and shockingly, it was completely empty.

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‘Sizzling fries’: Lamb Weston raised annual sales, gross margin and earnings targets

Lamb Weston announced today its fiscal second quarter 2023 results and updated its fiscal 2023 outlook. “We delivered strong top and bottom-line results in the quarter,” said Tom Werner, President and CEO. “Because of our financial performance in the first half of fiscal 2023 and our broad operating momentum, we have raised our annual sales, gross margin and earnings targets. In addition, we look forward to beginning to capture strategic, commercial and operational benefits from the acquisition of our partner’s interest in our European joint venture.”

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Australian supermarkets place buying limit on frozen chips

Australian supermarket giant Coles has introduced a two-item limit on frozen chips after flooding across the eastern coast impacted the supply of potatoes, according to a report by 1News. A Coles spokesperson told Nine that the limit, beginning on December 15, will likely be lifted within months. “Poor weather in the eastern states has affected supply of some frozen potato products across the industry,” they said.

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‘Potatoes aren’t particularly good swimmers’: Potatoes NZ CEO warns excess wet weather may cause potato shortage

Wild weather could be taking a toll on the humble spud. The prolonged spell of wet weather has sparked concern New Zealand could be in danger of a potato shortage. Potatoes New Zealand chief executive Chris Claridge told NewstalkZB in a live interview that “potatoes aren’t particularly good swimmers and don’t like being submerged in water for long periods.” Claridge said access to the fields to harvest the crops is also hampered in the wet weather.

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Trials in New York state looking at nematodes for controlling Colorado potato beetle, wireworms

As state and federal regulators try to limit synthetic pesticides available to growers, Cornell entomologist Brian Nault is investigating the use of nematodes to manage potato pests. “As of the fall of 2022, we have collected three data sets from field trials with entomopathogenic nematodes [EPN] that examine their impact on Colorado potato beetle populations and crop damage by wireworms,” Nault says.

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Haith delivers ‘the perfect Christmas gift’ to Greenvale

The 35th project to be completed by Haith for Greenvale AP delivered the perfect Christmas present. Commissioned in June 2022, two new Haith wash lines allowed Greenvale’s Cambridgeshire facility to handle the busy festive period easily. Greenvale saw throughput at its Floods Ferry site almost double. However, despite the increase, the company continued to meet its exceedingly high-quality standards and benefit from exceptionally low running costs and water use.

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