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Potato processing market to reach USD 37.41 billion by 2026

Growing demand for processed foods, increasing consumer inclination towards vegetarian food and snacks, an expanding food retail industry along with the improving global potato crop over the years are key factors contributing to high CAGR of Potato `Processing market during the forecast period. According to the current analysis of Reports and Data, the global Potato Processing market was valued at[Read More…]

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Spudulike stores in Britain re-open after rescue deal by Albert Bartlett

Spud lovers are being given back a store in Norfolk after closing in August – after the business was rescued by potato giant firm Albert Bartlett. Spudulike, which serves jacket potatoes with all kinds of toppings, closed all its stores nine weeks ago including in Norwich’s Chapelfield shopping centre and also Castle Quarter with hundreds of jobs lost nationwide. But[Read More…]

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McCain launches SureCrisp fries to counter soggy delivery fries

It is a truth universally acknowledged that ordering fries for delivery is going to result in a potent cocktail of devastation, regret, and cold, soggy potato, as the fries slowly steam themselves in transit, writes James Hansen on MSN. Question one: Why, then, do people still order them? Question two: Is it an insurmountable issue? Perhaps, no longer. McCain, the[Read More…]

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Organic potato acreage increasing in the US in response to demand

The appeal of organic potatoes is increasing and growers are planting more acreage in response. This is according to Jeff Stachelek of Albert Bartlett USA, and is supported by Nielsen sales data. Stachelek says that the majority of growth in the potato category is occurring in the specialty types like bite-sized and fingerlings, as well as organic. As a result,[Read More…]

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‘Adopt a potato farmer’ program viewed by millions around the world

Side Delights’ in the US’s “Adopt a Potato Farmer” program has brought awareness to food bloggers and their audiences. The program paired regional food bloggers and Fresh Solutions Network farmers who grow Side Delights potatoes to share their stories, according to a news release. Bloggers shared farmers’ stories and recipes on their websites and social media platforms and generated more than two[Read More…]

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Customers prefer New Zealand grown potatoes, industry body says

Supermarket chain Countdown says its biggest selling potato is still the one with the least flavour – white washed potatoes – providing an opportunity for growers. This is according to industry body Potatoes New Zealand. The organization says in a press release that countdown business manager vegetables Grant Robinson is of the opinion that potatoes were a pantry staple, with[Read More…]

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‘Eco friendly’ packaging for fries made from potato skins

It was widely reported in the media during the end of last year that Italian designers Simone Caronni, Paolo Stefano Gentile and Pietro Gaeli have created an ecological packaging for fries made from recycled potato skins (peels), as a sustainable alternative to paper. We wish to rehash that here… Called “Peel Saver”, the packaging is essentially made of starch and[Read More…]

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Brits favour no flavour crisps

Despite the vast array of creative flavours lining the crisp aisles, its plain old ready salted that Brits favour above all others, AHDB reports. From Morrison’s Chipotle Pulled Pork BBQ to M&S’ Scottish Langoustines with Dill and Lemon, innovation in the industry has led to an explosion of flavour combinations. In fact, more than 400 are now on offer to[Read More…]

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Britain’s best fish and chip restaurants revealed

Fish and chips is one of the UK’s most traditional and popular dishes, enjoyed at the seaside, at home or for those who like a more formal setting, in a restaurant with a nice glass of wine. The dish is beloved in households across the country, but getting the best fish and chips is important, the fluffiness of the chips[Read More…]

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Canadian potato business gets huge funding boost

Last Friday, Sept. 6, Pam Damoff, Oakville North-Burlington MP joined EarthFresh Farms Inc. chief financial officer Brad Wiseman and CEO Tom Hughes to announce more than $1.2 million through the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) for a new multi-vegetable one-step product line. Located in Burlington, Ontario, EarthFresh Farms Inc. specializes in supplying the food[Read More…]

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Explosion of fast-fixing, value-added potatoes adds excitement to this retail category

Serving fresh-cooked potatoes for dinner meant up to an hour’s prep time as little as a decade ago. No longer. Enter fast-fixing, value-added potatoes. “Growers are doing a great job with this category, be it with the choice of potato, flavorings or packaging,” says Richard Stiles, recently retired director of produce and floral for Redner’s Markets, a Reading, PA-chain with 44[Read More…]

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Mailing service lets you send messages on a potato

We’ve all been there, writing a letter to a bestie when suddenly you have the dawning realisation – this message would be better if it was written on a vegetable! Because everyone loves writing letters and everyone loves vegetables, particularly potatoes. But now, to save yourself having to go to the daily effort of writing your messages on vegetables which we[Read More…]

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Sweet potatoes vs. potatoes: Which are healthier? Nutritionists weigh in

Potatoes are practical and delish, but they’ve gotten a bit of a bad rap, nutritionally speaking. Sweet potatoes have swooped in as a trendy tater alternative, and so began the sweet potato vs. potato health debate. This, according to an article written by Jennifer Nied and published in Women’s Health magazine today. But are sweet potatoes truly healthier than potatoes?[Read More…]

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The Germans’ insatiable love affair with potatoes

They were once guarded by the king and are sometimes eaten with apple sauce. For Potato Day on August 19, here are some things you maybe didn’t know about potatoes in Germany, published by Deutsche Welle (DW). We re-publish a few of these below. Go to this page on the DW website and click on the potato picture to see[Read More…]

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CIP research benefitted more than 7 million households during 2013 – 2018

The International Potato Center (CIP), based in Lima, Peru says in its recently released Annual Report that between 2013-2018, research for development by CIP has benefitted more than 7 million households. In the foreword to the Report, Barbara H Wells (Director General) and Rodney Cooke (Chair, Board of Trustees) say innovative technologies and dynamic markets can offer women and young[Read More…]

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Curbing food waste: Simplot’s senior manager of marketing and biotech affairs touts Innate potato

At a July 23 breakfast briefing titled ”Saving Food, Fighting Food Waste,” Doug Cole, the senior manager of marketing and biotech affairs at Simplot Plant Sciences in Boise, Idaho, reportedly said Simplot has developed a potato that will not brown and therefore won’t be thrown away by retailers, restaurants or consumers. According to an article by jerry Hagstrom published in[Read[Read More…]

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Side Delights offers solutions for five 2019 top food trends

Side Delights® fresh potato products respond to the 2019 top trends of convenience, organic, plant-based, regional flavors, and foods for sensitive stomachs in their portfolio of products.  These trends are driving retail grocers into competition with the foodservice sector as well as with each other. Grocery stores benefit by providing shoppers with creative assortment options addressing the leading food trends.[Read More…]

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Newly bred Indian potato variety said to be rich in antioxidants, ready for commercial production

Whether fried, baked or sliced, potato gels with nearly every Indian dish. Its bond with Indian consumers would be further strengthened with the introduction of a new variety said to be rich in antioxidants with excellent flavour when compared to traditional varieties. Bred and developed by the Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) in Shimla, the new variety is dark purple[Read More…]

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McDonald’s adds international favorites to the menu, including sweet potato fries from the Netherlands

Fed up of classic McDonald’s fries? Then make sure you try out the new sweet potato fries that have been introduced as part of the international menu. Look, let’s be perfectly honest here, McDonald’s is not known for their fries, writes Cullum Gunn in an article on Fansided. They’re OK and they will certainly curb that craving you get for[Read More…]

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Adorable: Virginia boy, 6, feeds his grandfather with alzheimer’s a baked potato

A caring six-year-old boy from Virginia has taken it upon himself to cut his great-grandpa’s baked potato and feed him his dinner. In a touching video, he can be heard asking ‘you want some coleslaw, right here?’ before carefully scooping up some cabbage slaw onto a spoon and gestures for his 79-year-old grandpa to open wide. The youngster Colton Keith,[Read More…]

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Fries are still America’s favorite potato dish

The most popular potato preparation in America is the French fry. That’s according to an analysis of food ordering data between January 2018 and July 2019 by DoorDash, America’s largest food delivery service (and the world’s second-largest, after Uber Eats). Now that DoorDash is delivering from McDonald’s, famous for its fries, maybe the quantity ordered will rise even higher. This is how long[Read[Read More…]

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US: Survey reveals potato consumption habits, favorite attributes

A survey commissioned by The Little Potato Co. found that 55% of Americans rank potatoes as their favorite comfort food. Spuds outranked pizza (21%), macaroni and cheese (15%) and pasta (9%), according to a news release. Another finding from the survey was that one in four millennials would give up cheeseburgers if forced to choose between them and potatoes. Favorite ways to[Read[Read More…]

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The ‘magic mix’ of ingredients responsible for the impossible Burger’s taste and texture

The Food and Drug Administration just gave the thumbs up for the major beef-like ingredient in the the Impossible Burger, soy leghemoglobin. Upon cooking, it reacts to generate heme, the source of the redness of beef.  The science behind the Impossible Burger is fascinating, so I went straight to the source rather than relying on the media echo chamber — the patent.[Read[Read More…]

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Bayer mediator dismisses report of $8 billion Roundup settlement

(Reuters) – Bayer AG has not offered to pay billions of dollars to settle claims in the United States related to the Roundup herbicide, mediator Ken Feinberg said, dismissing a report to that effect which drove its shares as much as 11% higher. “Bayer has not proposed paying $8 billion to settle all the U.S. Roundup cancer claims. Such a[Read[Read More…]

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Calbee brings hit french-fry inspired snack to the U.S.

Since its introduction 12 years ago, the Jagabee brand has become one of Tokyo-based Calbee International’s top-selling products. The french fry-inspired snack has found a loyal following in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea. And after rounds of consumer testing and intense R.&D., the product is ready to make its U.S. debut as Spudkins Fry Cuts. “We’re excited[Read[Read More…]

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