New Canadian store sells ‘imperfect’ produce for half the price

A new store has opened in the Canadian province of British Columbia, to keep food out of landfills and make sure more local families get fresh fruit and vegetables. ReFresh, a shop that offers produce deemed no longer sellable by grocery stores at lower prices, had its grand opening in the Cowichan Valley city over the weekend. Executive director Judy[Read[Read More…]

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‘Potato cultivation is vital for Walloon agriculture and the Belgian food industry’, industry organizations say

A press release issued recently communicates the concerns of residents about the construction of a potato processing plant in Frameries in Belgium by the company Clarebout, as well as the considerations of the Minister Di Antonio on the development of potato farms in Wallonia and its impact on the environment. Fiwap (the interprofessional organization of the entire sector in Wallonia),[Read[Read More…]

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‘Nutritious, versatile and even sexy’: Western Australian potato farmers take on low-carb diets

Potato growers in Western Australia have joined an international campaign to tackle a decline in spud consumption driven by the popularity of low-carbohydrate diets. The campaign, engineered by the International Potato Centre, invites people to “imagine the world without potatoes”, a dystopia that the Potato Growers Association of WA is trying to avoid. Potato consumption has been declining in Australia, with sharper[Read[Read More…]

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AFF’s pesticide residue calculator shows noteworthy results

The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF), a non-profit organization comprised of both organic and conventional farmers in the US, says health experts and scientists overwhelmingly agree that fresh produce, grown either conventionally or organically, is safe to eat for you and your children. Not only are conventionally and organically grown fruits and vegetables safe and nutritious, Americans should be[Read[Read More…]

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Tasted and tested: Australia’s best fast food French fry revealed

From shoestring to over-salted, from McDonald’s to KFC, recently put fast food French fries to the taste-test — and they found a surprising winner… It takes superhuman strength to walk past someone eating hot chips and not crave some, the news agency says in an article. “Our tastebuds have been hardwired to find that combination of crunch, salt and[Read[Read More…]

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Side Delights: Value-added potatoes offer convenience

Side Delights potato dishes are driving traffic to retail stores, according to Fresh Solutions Network LLC, supplier to the brand. Side Delights cites Nielsen research about consumers who increasingly seek value-added convenience items, and a 2018 Date Check Pro study on millennials’ preference for in-store shopping over online when it comes to fresh produce, according to a news release. Research shows that “figuring out[Read[Read More…]

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The Little Potato Company’s Christa Wagner talks new offerings before CPMA

The Little Potato Company is anything but little when it comes to ambition. The company has big plans for answering consumers’ call for more convenience, and getting taters onto more plates. With the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA’s) annual Convention and Trade Show fast approaching, the company is locked and loaded to seize the opportunity to connect with buyers and[Read[Read More…]

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A brief history of that most noble tuber: The Potato

All 4,500 named varieties of potatoes trace their ancestry to the Americas. Wild potatoes grow along the American cordillera, the mountains that run from the Andes to Alaska. People living on its slopes have been eating potatoes for time out of mind. Stone tools and preserved potato peels show that wild potatoes were being prepared for food in southern Utah[Read[Read More…]

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No end in sight for South Africa’s love affair with potatoes

Are potatoes South Africa’s favourite veg? It certainly seems like it, based on how inflation-proof our demand for this versatile vegetable is. Despite increases in food prices that has seen many South Africans downscaling their food purchases and switching to cheaper options, sales and production figures provided by Potatoes SA indicates that the demand for potatoes shows no sign of weakening. It[Read[Read More…]

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How a specialty potato company and its product manage to drive consumers into stores

Side Delights® offer American consumers ease in packaging, preparation, and meal planning – giving them back some of the time they need, and also driving them into stores.  Consumers are no doubt becoming busier, more stressed, and information overload increases. As a result, their need for ease and simplicity also grows.  According to Nielsen, consumers are feeling more stretched than[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes on the menu in North Korea

Lined up in cavernous rooms at a state restaurant in Pyongyang, North Korean chefs carefully assemble their dishes, watched by crowds of onlookers at a cooking competition in a country that suffers chronic food shortages. Around 300 cooks are competing in 40 different dishes over three days at North Korea’s national cooking competition, with the winners receiving cookbooks and equipment[Read[Read More…]

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The beauty of small potatoes: Canadian company launches new mini potato line

The phrase “small is beautiful” is often used to champion small, appropriate technologies that are believed to empower people more, in contrast with phrases such as “bigger is better”. In the world of potatoes, the WP Griffin company on Prince Edward Island in Canada is inadvertently giving new meaning to this phrase. The company recently launched its new product line[Read[Read More…]

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Food service expert: ‘Four ways to increase the value of potatoes in the food sector’

Interested in getting more money out of your potatoes in the food sector? It’s possible! Jan-Willem Grievink, CEO of FoodService Institute Netherlands shares four insights. Insights based on international research that this independent knowledge platform conducts into trends and developments in the retail sector. The potato sector faces big challenges, Grievink says. Over the last years the potato has become[Read[Read More…]

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AHDB analyst teases out contemporary retail potato product innovations

According to Kim Malley, Senior Analyst at AHDB Potatoes in the UK, smaller retail categories such as crisps and chilled are increasing at the fastest rate as potato retail volumes grow. “This is reflected in the innovations we see in the category, with significant degrees of diversification in terms of new flavours and formats,” she says. “Conventional oven chips are[Read[Read More…]

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Potato turnaround: Shunned vegetable now deemed a ‘superfood’

While you may have thought you’d seen the last of the humble potato in all its starchy glory, it looks like the delicious carb is back in vogue. It’s increasingly being touted as a superfood, due to its high levels of vitamin C, B6, folate, magnesium and potassium. And it’s considered ideal for those on a FODMAP diet, trying to[Read[Read More…]

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Bizarre news: Pringles now being made with rice rather than potatoes

It seems Pringles have found a way to get even more flavour into their already powerful crisps: by changing the main ingredient from potato to rice. Having undergone rigorous testing, crisp experts reportedly discovered that using rice provides a more intense tasting experience, meaning our crisps have more flavour than ever. As well as retaining the tang a lot better[Read[Read More…]

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Diet and wellness trend: Why the humble potato could become the next superfood

With the ever increasing popularity of the Keto diet over the last few years, you’d have thought that the last wellness trend we’d see surfacing in 2019 would be one focused on a white, starchy carb. However, times are changing. With experts slamming the keto diet for its side effects and fitness influencers like Kayla Itsines declaring their love for bread, now[Read[Read More…]

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Millennials targeted in €1m makeover for the humble spud

Young people are being targeted in a €1 million bid to safeguard the future of the humble potato after a campaign focusing on women appears to have arrested a historic plunge in the staple’s popularity in Ireland. Despite their international and historic reputation as the country’s favourite vegetable, sales of potatoes have plummeted over recent decades as shoppers increasingly turned to[Read[Read More…]

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St. Patrick’s Day: a 1,000-year-old celebration

Every year on March 17, people, regardless of ethnicity, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green clothing, attending parades and eating Irish potatoes. The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in the United States has taken its own spin in the last 150 years.  It has morphed into a day where people head out to the bars to consume pints of[Read[Read More…]

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Scientists warn disease threatens some of Scotland’s favourite consumer potatoes

Scotland’s favourite potatoes are under threat as experts warn Maris Piper and King Edward potatoes could soon be impossible to grow. Diseases such as blight have been ravaging traditional types of potatoes that remain popular with shoppers because they are tasty and easy to cook. But experts in Scotland are working to create new breeds of blight-resistant potato by crossing[Read[Read More…]

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Plant-centered diet trend presents opportunity for potatoes

Crowd-sourced nutrition fads, low-carb diets, the “snackification” of America and global competition are some of the challenges facing the U.S. potato industry. However, consumers’ strong preference for potatoes over other vegetables, the rise of plant-centered diets and the potato’s positive nutrition and sustainability stories are trends that favor increased demand, according to Laurel Muir. Muir, managing director and partner with[Read[Read More…]

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