US: Potato Goodness website success

The United States Potato Board’s consumer website, provides all things potato to consumers — nutritional information and recipes as well as describing the different varieties of potatoes. Meredith Myers, USPB Global Consumer Marketing Manager, shares recent news about the success of Source: See on – Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password[Read More…]

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US: Potato industry battles declining demand

The potato industry is looking at ways to meet consumer needs in order to address declining consumption trends. The industry will promote unusual sizes, shapes and colors of potatoes — and their healthful benefits — as growers and marketers try to reverse a downward trend in consumer demand. Per-capita consumption has been decreasing since the 1990s at a rate of[Read[Read More…]

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Spain: Oversupply and low consumption drive potato prices down

Castile-Leon’s potato campaign started in Salamanca three weeks ago with great difficulties due to the low prices of early potatoes in southern Spain; a product which is still stored in chambers, awaiting to be sold. The situation affects Cordoba Antequera, Seville, Cartagena and Extremadura, which have delayed their campaigns as a result of the high temperatures and have additionally increased[Read[Read More…]

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US: Agrilife Research putting designer potatoes on the menu to boost consumption

A decline in overall potato consumption has Texas A&M AgriLife Research breeders working on “designer” spuds that meet the time constraints and unique tastes of a younger generation. Dr. Creighton Miller, AgriLife Research potato breeder from College Station, recently conducted the Texas A&M Potato Breeding and Variety Development Program field day at the farm of cooperator Bruce Barrett south of[Read[Read More…]

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Belarusian scientists develop potato drink recipe

Belarusian scientists named their fragrant and sweet potato drink “Mikola”. They say there is nothing like it in the world market. Olga Koloskova, Researcher of the Scientific and Practical Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for Foodstuffs, Ph.D.: “Potatoes are boiled under pressure. They turn into a semi-liquid mass similar to mashed potatoes, but a little more[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato Council attempts to fight consumption decline

The Potato Council has unveiled a new report aimed at addressing declining UK consumption trends. Figures for the year to May 25 show UK potato sales suffered an 8 per cent volume decline despite a 3.8 per cent rise in the category’s value as a whole last year. Prices are also suffering and the GB weekly average price for the week to June 27 was £146.05/tonne compared with £301.94/t for the same period last year.


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Australia: Potato imports chip away at local hunger for spuds

See on – Potato News The southern highlands village of Robertson’s cool summer nights and rich red volcanic earth have helped the Hill family grow potatoes for more than 50 years. When it comes to meal times, familiarity has not bred contempt. ”We eat heaps of spuds. We eat spuds nearly every night, for sure,” Todd Hill, 48, laughed.[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Fall in potato sales sparks calls for consumption change

See on – Potato News A change in the way potatoes are consumed may be needed with changing retail trends hitting demand. UK potato prices are little more than half of the price they were last year, with the GB potato weekly average price for the week on June 6 falling to £160.20/tonne compared with £280.33/t last year. The[Read[Read More…]

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US: Regional poly bags to promote locally grown produce

See on – Potato NewsBlack Gold Farms has recently kicked off its 2014 summer red potato harvest with its popular locally grown programs. The programs correspond with Black Gold Farms’ harvesting schedule, which starts in Texas and transitions through additional growing regions including Georgia and the Mississippi Delta before heading north into Indiana and the Red River Valley. Unique[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato Council predicts frozen spud spike will continue

See on – Potato NewsAlready buoyant sales of frozen jacket potatoes could be further boosted by supermarket expansions into the foodservice sector, the Potato Council has predicted. Brits are increasingly switching from fresh to frozen jacket potatoes: over the past year, volume sales of frozen jackets have risen by 11.7% and value sales have shot up 21.9% to £41.4m[Read[Read More…]

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US: Senators demand immediate action on WIC potato exclusion

See on – Potato News Twenty U.S. senators have asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to take immediate action to include white potatoes in the Women Infants and Children food package. The senators argued that the nutritional value of potatoes would offer WIC participants needed potassium and dietary fiber and said current WIC rules were based on outdated dietary guidelines.[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission poster helps consumers with variety selection

See on – Potato NewsThe state of Idaho produces more than 25 potato varieties, and the Idaho Potato Commission promotes them all. For shoppers who need help selecting just the right potato for their needs, the IPC has developed a “Our Most Popular Varieties” Web page with a link for a downloadable Idaho Potato Varieties poster to take the[Read[Read More…]

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US: Specialty spud growth keeps steaming along

See on – Potato NewsWhile traditional potato types, such as whites and russets, struggle to maintain consumer sales, specialty potatoes continue to enjoy double-digit growth at retail. Tasteful Selections LLC is one grower-shipper capitalizing on those changing consumer tastes. Part of Bancroft, Wis.-based RPE, it grows exclusively baby and specialty potatoes in Kern County, said Randy Shell, vice president[Read[Read More…]

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Potato chip manufacturer talks about getting Nigerians to buy local

See on – Potato NewsMichael Aguzie, CEO of Nigerian chips and snack food company Harbin’s Foods, is looking to penetrate the flavoured potato chip market in Nigeria, which mostly consists of imports. Despite the fact that the company’s locally produced chips are almost half the price of the international brands on the market, getting Nigerians to trust local brands[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Canned potato sales soar thanks to price cuts

See on – Potato NewsPrice cuts are boosting sales of canned potatoes to cash-strapped shoppers – as sales of fresh spuds continue to slide. Volume sales of canned potatoes rose 13.4% in the three months to 2 February, although the drop in prices kept value sales static, while sales of fresh budget potatoes fell 32.4% [Kantar Worldpanel]. The volume[Read[Read More…]

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Data shows white potatoes boost fibre intake

A new data analysis conducted by the U.S.-based Alliance for Potato Research and Education shows that white potato consumption is positively associated with the intake of dietary fibre among children and adults. “There is a perception that the dietary fibre in the potato is only in the skin,” said Maureen Storey, president and CEO of APRE, at a recent dietary[Read[Read More…]

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US: The potato fights for its nutritional reputation

See on – Potato NewsThe lowly spud got snubbed by the federal government this month and that set Wisconsin potato growers to grinding their teeth. So when the U.S. Department of Agriculture left the white potato off the list of approved foods for purchase under the federal Women, Infants and Children voucher system (WIC), the potato industry here took[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Farmer creates world’s first Guinness potatoes

See on – Potato NewsA farmer in Devon has successfully produced the world’s first Guinness-flavoured potatoes. After months of nurturing the potato plants and tending to them by hand, the flavour has been perfected to deliver the authentic taste of the Irish beer. Gavin White, who came up with the idea while enjoying a pint of the black stuff[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato farmers disgruntled at exclusion from WIC Program

See on – Potato NewsU.S. potato growers have again been snubbed by government officials who have kept fresh spuds off the list of approved foods for the federal Women, Infants and Children voucher system. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture expanded low-income families’ access to produce and whole grains through the WIC program. The white potato continues[Read[Read More…]

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Farmer produces Scotland’s first potato vodka – and hopes to sell it to the Russians

See on – Potato NewsA farmer is hoping to distract Russia from invading Ukraine – by sending over Scotland’s first potato vodka. Graeme Jarron is building a micro-distillery on the farm his family have run for a century at Milton of Ogilvie, near Forfar. And, with the help of experts from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, he hopes to produce his tattie[Read[Read More…]

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