Will the US potato industry step up to the challenge?

United States Potato Board (USPB) President & CEO Blair Richardson surprised attendees at the USPB-sponsored Thursday Keynote Luncheon at POTATO EXPO 2015 in Orlando, FL, January 8, 2015, with an industry challenge to install 3,000 potato-friendly salad bars in school lunch programs across the United States.Source: www.perishablenews.comSee on – Global Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.[Read More…]

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India: Experts pin hopes on potato cultivation for nutritional security

On the opening day of the India International Potato Expo here on Thursday, Dr BP Singh, director, Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla, said potato played an important role in the nutritional security of the country. “The challenge of food security is over, with abundant wheat and rice being grown in the country, but it is not providing nutritional security. We[Read[Read More…]

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Netherlands: Assortment of organic potato varieties greatly extended

As of January 12th a large number of new potato varieties are being presented in De Groene Winkel in Zeist. This means that this organic shop is first in the Netherlands to have over six organic, phytophthora resistant varieties on their shelves. This is being celebrated with a special Potato week, in which customers can taste, judge and chose recipes.[Read[Read More…]

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GMO potatoes have arrived. But will anyone buy them?

On the face of it, the new potato varieties called “Innate” seem attractive. If you peel the brown skin off their white flesh, you won’t find many unsightly black spots. And when you fry them, you’ll probably get a much smaller dose of a potentially harmful chemical. But here’s the catch: Some of the biggest potato buyers in the country,[Read[Read More…]

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Move over rice, the potato is taking root in China

Officials in China are coming up with ways to get consumers to eat more potatoes and less of the traditional staple of rice, a water-guzzling crop, as the country seeks to rely less on imports. Economic planning authorities say the move is aimed at producing more food from the country’s limited supplies of irrigation water as grain imports continue to[Read[Read More…]

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Belgium: Are fried potatoes a cultural treasure?

Belgium is divided into three communities. Each one has its own language and traditions. But the people of Belgium are united in their love for Belgian potato fries. The fries are prepared and sold the same way in all areas of the country. Recently, a Belgian group launched a campaign aimed at getting the United Nations to recognize the popular[Read[Read More…]

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New Zealand: Potato shortage has upside in Southland

A nationwide potato shortage is leaving some chip-lovers pining for their favourite flavours, with some Southland supermarkets posting notices in chip aisles apologising for supply shortages. However, one Southland company is making up for a shortage of fresh potatoes in the central North Island – and tip-toeing into exporting fresh potatoes to Asia. More You are unauthorized to view this[Read More…]

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Venezuela’s bizarre response to McDonald’s running out of french fries

Venezuela’s leaders aren’t taking the ongoing McDonald’s french fry shortage in their country too well. Publicly sponsored news outlets, government officials, and even the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, have all responded to McDonald’s unthinkable french fry shortage, which spans all 100 outlets in the country, by publicly criticizing the chain, and its french fries. One of the loudest responses came[Read[Read More…]

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China eyes potato cultivation as possible solution to low agri-yield

China’s central government is pushing potatoes to be its fourth-biggest staple crop after rice, wheat and corn following a policy announcement by its vice-minister for agriculture. The move comes as part of the country’s bid to find solutions to the impending food security crisis it fears will affect its near 1.4bn population. While the potato has a long history in[Read[Read More…]

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US: New research is good news for potato lovers

New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) demonstrates that the glycemic index the basis of many popular diets may ultimately not be of high importance to those who already follow a healthful diet. “Proponents of the glycemic index claim that a low-GI diet can reduce risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease” explained Katherine Beals,[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Commodities outlook 2015 – Potatoes

Good growing conditions and lacklustre demand resulted in depressed market prices in 2014, leaving many producers reassessing their appetite for potato production in the year ahead. According to Andersons director Jay Wootton, one the main drivers in the UK potato industry is changing consumer habits. “Ironically the humble potato can feature at either end of the convenience scale,” he says.[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Consumer acceptance key to a potato variety’s success

In a difficult period for potato growers, how to develop new markets was a key topic of discussion at a potato variety demonstration at Sutton Bridge Crop Research, Lincolnshire. Heather Briggs reports.Consumers are looking for potatoes which taste good, and growers need to supply more of them. But identifying what the market wants is not always straightforward, visitors heard. Solana[Read[Read More…]

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Romanians eat poor quality potatoes

Romanians are among the biggest consumers of potatoes in Europe, with about 94 kg per year, of which more than 20 kg are large, poor quality potatoes, which are imported at very low prices, according to the Romanian Potato Federation. “Potatoes with a diameter greater than 8 inches are sold for nothing abroad, with EUR 35-40 per tonne. They are[Read[Read More…]

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Colombia: Potato consumption 60% growth potential

The goal of the potato producers over the next four years is to increase consumption, which is currently at 61 kilos per year per person, by 60 percent to 100 kilos. Jose Manuel Garcia, director of the Colombian Federation of Potato Producers (Fedepapa), asked the government to assume a permanent commitment to the industry and not only to make a[Read[Read More…]

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Northern Ireland: New generic potato marketing campaign launched

It was another successful conference for the potato sector at Potatoes 2014 held in CAFRE Greenmount. NI potato campaign co-ordinator Ian Duff on behalf of the industry working group launched the NI generic potato marketing campaign.   Delegates noted why such a campaign was necessary to reverse the declining trend in potato consumption in Northern Ireland.Source: www.farminglife.comSee on – Global[Read[Read More…]

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Canadian breeders develop new low-glycemic potato

There’s a new spud in town, and it’s made to suit Canada’s growing number of diabetics. The new and as yet unnamed potato has a lower-glycemic-index potential, improved digestibility, and can be enjoyed without creating a big spike of sugar and insulin in the body.  Research scientist Benoit Bizimungu developed the new variety with scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: PEI Potato Board increases food tampering information reward to $100,000

On November 10, 2014, the PEI Potato Board offered a reward of up to $50,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for inserting sewing needles into potatoes of Linkletter Farms Ltd. which were destined for human consumption. With new industry contributions, the reward being offered is now $100,000 for information leading[Read[Read More…]

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US: WIC policy change would be big win for all-powerful potato lobby

Under the massive new spending bill just passed by the House, low-income women would be able to buy white potatoes with vouchers issued by the Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) program for the first time ever. (“White potatoes” for these purposes are all potatoes that aren’t orange yams or sweet potatoes, which are already allowed.) It would be a victory[Read[Read More…]

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Scientists have bred and released colorful new varieties of potato

Agricultural Research Service scientists have bred and released colorful new varieties. Some have relatively high levels of beneficial red-to-purple pigments called “anthocyanins,” and others have high levels of yellow-pigmented carotenoids. ARS researchers have developed three new varieties of potatoes with red and purple flesh and skin, which are now available to consumers.Source: phys.orgSee on – Global Potato News You[Read More…]

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Potato and rapeseed – sources of future cardio-vascular health?

Potato and rapeseed industry produce vast amounts of protein-rich by-products, which could be utilized in the production of high-quality foodstuffs. In her thesis, Sari Mäkinen, Research Scientist at the MTT Agrifood Research Finland has developed methods of producing bioactive peptides from the food industry by-products In her thesis, Sari Mäkinen, Research Scientist at the MTT Agrifood Research Finland has developed[Read[Read More…]

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Whisky and potatoes boost Scottish port

Whisky and seed potatoes from the north and north-east have helped drive up business to record levels at Scotland’s biggest container port. Seed potatoes – many of them cultivated in the north-east – are being exported in huge numbers to destinations such as Egypt and the Canary Islands after a strong season.Source: on – Global Potato News You[Read More…]

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