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Let it rip, Potato Chip! Australia’s favourite snacks

When it comes to the nation’s most popular snacks, it seems Australians’ tastes tend more towards savoury than sweet. In an average seven-day period, 41% of us snack on potato chips, 37% snack on nuts, and 32% snack on savoury biscuits/crackers. Age is a determining factor in Australians’ snacking habits. For example, in any given seven-day period, 60% of teenagers[Read[Read More…]

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US: Melissa’s focuses on Dutch Yellow potatoes

World Variety Produce, which markets under the Melissa’s brand, introduced its latest cookbook to food bloggers and media Nov. 18. This time the specialty produce company focuses on its top-selling signature item — Dutch Yellow potatoes. The book, “DYPs: The Perfect Everyday Potato Cookbook,” features 154 recipes grouped according to the four seasons, said Robert Schueller, director of publicity. The[Read[Read More…]

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Colombian Government wants to promote potato consumption

In order to increase the country’s per capita consumption of potatoes, Colombia’s Government and the Colombian Federation of Potato Producers (Fedepapa) have made an investment of 2 million dollars. It is an alliance made with the Ministry of Agriculture, which aims to promote the consumption of potatoes in Colombia, as it is currently of 61 kilograms per person per year,[Read[Read More…]

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Honey-flavored potato chips have Koreans buzzing

How does the idea of honey-and-butter flavored salty potato chips grab you? If you’re Korean, there’s a good chance you’re interested. Sales of “Honey Butter Chip” from Haetae Confectionery & Foods Co., South Korea’s second biggest confectionery firm, have gone through the roof since the product was released in August. The snack – which Haetae says features the taste of[Read[Read More…]

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So what about the acrylamide in your french fries?

That acrylamide is present in french fries is information you might choose to forget, like mercury in tuna. Recently I was reminded of this inconvenient fact by a recent article on genetically modified potatoes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently approved the new tubers largely because upon cooking they generate less acrylamide than do their natural counterparts. According to the[Read[Read More…]

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Concern after US approves GM potato

A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in french fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting in the US. The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of a chemical called acrylamide, which is suspected of causing cancer in people, is produced when the potato is fried. The new potato[Read[Read More…]

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US: Will new genetically-modified potato gain respectability?

Federal agricultural regulators have approved a new genetically modified potato for American farmers to grow that’s aimed at the fast-food market. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision involved the potato identified as Innate, developed by the J.R. Simplot Company, a major supplier to McDonald’s. Innate it is the first GMO potato approved by the USDA that wasn’t created by[Read[Read More…]

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Australia: Young people want to buy more potatoes

The future of Aussie potatoes is bright, with industry research indicating that more young people are eager to increase their potato purchases in the future. The second wave of results from the industry-funded Potato Tracker project has been released, shedding light on the triggers that influence consumers’ purchasing habits of fresh potatoes. “This month’s results show an increase in the[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s China: no GM potatoes

McDonald’s China has denied that it has imported or used genetically engineered potatoes after the US Department of Agriculture approved a genetically modified (GM) potato developed by a McDonald’s supplier. “McDonald’s China does not use genetically modified potatoes. The potatoes that McDonald’s China uses are in line with the national laws and regulations,” the public relations department of McDonald’s China[Read[Read More…]

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‘Innate Potato’ heads for market but GM watchdogs chip away at Simplot success

Americans may soon be eating high-tech potatoes, after a genetically engineered (GE) spud that makers say resists bruising and reduces a possible carcinogen was approved by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday. The Innate Potato, a trademarked creation of Simplot, has DNA from other potatoes spliced into its own, through a process called RNA interference technology. The USDA[Read[Read More…]

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Simplot’s gmo potato approved by the USDA

A potato genetically engineered to eliminate a potentially harmful ingredient that emerges in the high heat required for French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced Friday. The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of acrylamide is produced when the potato is fried. Acrylamide has been shown to cause cancer[Read[Read More…]

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Thinkpiece about millennials and potatoes

Who isn’t thinking about millennials? The Pew Research Center is thinking about millennials. So is CBS News. And people with assistants in Hollywood. The White House. Left-leaning political magazines. And, of course, the United States Potato Board. “To stay relevant and increase demand for potatoes,” the Board wrote, “it will be critical to understand Millennials and how potatoes fit into[Read[Read More…]

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The great potato debate: Healthy or not?

Some health conscious folks snub spuds for their high glycemic index, but experts say there’s more to the story. Needless to say, the potato is in the midst of a public relations crisis – so much so that the U.S. Potato Board recently funded a study to explore whether potatoes can be a healthy part of a weight loss plan.[Read[Read More…]

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US: Foodservice eats up fingerlings, specialty potatoes

Robert Tominaga, president of Heyburn, Idaho-based Southwind Farms, has seen demand for the fingerlings his company grows and other specialties rise dramatically in recent years. A big part of that has to do with a spike in foodservice demand. “Millennials, and even baby boomers, are looking for something new,” Tominaga said. “Foodservice, especially, is looking for more exciting things.” Chefs[Read[Read More…]

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AMI: where should the mountain of German potatoes go?

Record yields are causing problems for the German potato industry: the yield is bigger than the demand, the competition is high and the export market offers little chance, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) (Agricultural Information Service Market). “Even setting the prices low is not enough to guarantee sales. With a harvest volume of around 11.5 million tons, 1.8 million[Read[Read More…]

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Potato chips to health food: Inventure Foods and the future of snacktime

The world of snack foods is a Manichean struggle for the soul of your stomach. Do you reach for the tasty, high-calorie, additives-rich mozzarella sticks – or less processed, lower-calorie fruits and veggies? Inventure Foods  of Phoenix isn’t picking sides. While Inventure’s roots are in “indulgent” foods – Poore Brothers kettle chips, as well as snacks for Nathan’s Famous ,[Read[Read More…]

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Potato nutrition: Myths and misperceptions uncovered

In this month’s blog on the Alliance for Potato Research and Eduction (APRE) web site, US nationally recognized food and nutrition expert and APRE nutrition communicator Robin Flipse, follows up on an earlier post regarding potato nutrition. With the potato harvest under way, she writes, this seems like a good time to revisit the misperceptions about potatoes in order to[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s to customers: What do you want to know about our food?

“What is in my hamburger?” “What part of the chicken is a Chicken McNugget™?” “Why are the fries so good?” McDonald’s USA will answer these questions and more from customers, fans and food skeptics through a multifaceted effort called “Our Food. Your Questions.” Starting today, the company invites people to submit their food questions via social media. McDonald’s will respond[Read[Read More…]

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Ranked: The best french fries in America

McDonald’s serves the best french fries in the nation, followed by Burger King and Five guys, according to a new survey from the research firm YouGov. McDonald’s also won first place for best breakfast out of 30 fast food chains, the poll found. But Chick-fil-A takes the crown for best fast food chain overall, followed by Arby’s, Burger King, and[Read[Read More…]

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US: Alliance for Potato Research and Education highlights potato as important source of dietary fiber

By contributing approximately 7% of dietary fiber to the U.S. food supply, new research from APRE found that white potatoes are an importance source of this nutrient for Americans. With or without the skin and regardless of cooking method, the dietary fiber content of white potatoes compares favorably to that of other vegetables. Improved gastrointestinal health and many other health[Read[Read More…]

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Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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