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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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Retail potato sales value in the US increases

According to a report issued today by Potatoes USA, IRI data for the July 2018 through June 2019 marketing year (MY19) show both successes and opportunities for the potato category. Total potato sales are reportedly increased in dollars by 2.0%, while sales volume declined by (1.0)%. The increase in volume sales occurred in April 2019 through June 2019, finishing the[Read[Read More…]

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Potandon sees strong growth in yellow and mini potatoes

Potandon Produce LLC in Idaho Falls, ID, one of the largest potato and onion shippers in the United States and the exclusive marketer of the Green Giant brand for fresh potatoes and onions, is seeing significant growth in yellow potatoes and mini-potatoes, according to Carter Bray, vice president/general manager, variety potato division. Growth in the red potato category, whether it[Read[Read More…]

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Podcast: Glyphosate, cancer and corporate conspiracies in the Roundup controversy

Bayer faces thousands of lawsuits alleging that glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, is a carcinogen responsible for causing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), a rare cancer whose causes remain elusive. Despite our limited understanding of NHL, misleading news stories and agenda-driven activist groups have left consumers with the impression that glyphosate’s a relatively safe yet effective herbicide – is slowly poisoning our food supply, while Bayer attempts[Read More…]

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Nutrition for Today: Are potatoes friend or foe?

It’s pretty safe to say potatoes are America’s most loved vegetable. No matter whether they’re baked, fried, mashed, boiled, whether they’re eaten alone or as an ingredient in soup or potato salad, we just love potatoes. Yet everything we hear says they’re bad. They tell us potatoes are high in calories, high in carbs, have a high glycemic index and make[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo buys stake in one of China’s biggest natural food companies

PepsiCo is taking a stake in one of China’s largest natural food producers as it seeks to capitalize on the global health food craze. The American soda and snack company said Friday that it was buying 26% of Natural Food International for $131 million, becoming the company’s second largest shareholder. Shares in Natural Food International added 14% in Hong Kong. The[Read More…]

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What can the potato teach us about tomorrow’s wonder foods?

In The Economist‘s podcast collaboration, “The Secret History of the Future”, The Economist’s Tom Standage and Seth Stevenson of Slate unearth curious tales hidden in the history of technology, and ask what they can tell us about the future. The potato seemed strange and unappetizing when it first arrived in Europe. But it grew into a wonder food that helped solve the continent’s hunger[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission partners with Mexican retailer

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) recently partnered with Mexican retailer Calimax for a four-week promotional campaign to introduce Idaho Potatoes to the Mexican consumer.  The IPC chose Calimax to sell Idaho potatoes due to its proximity to the U.S. state, just south of the San Diego border.  “The Idaho Potato Commission and its commissioners have been enthusiastic about the partnership[Read[Read More…]

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Mail order spud company spreading love ‘one potato at a time’

Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations – there’s a spud for every moment, the man behind Potato Post NZ says. Srinivas Kalakota founded the startup, which lets customers send a potato with a personalised, handwritten message anywhere in the country, and said the aim was to “spread love, one potato at a time.” The online service launched two weeks ago and the response had[Read[Read More…]

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Food firm signs UK-wide supermarket deal to supply Ayrshire potatoes

The delicious Ayrshire tattie – now given elevated status by the European Union as a protected geographical food – is available for summer salads and posh picnics throughout the British Isles this summer. This season’s produce is being sold in England as Scotty Brand secures a nationwide listing with Asda for its famous Ayrshire new potatoes. The distinctive new potatoes,[Read More…]

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Ayrshire potatoes granted EU protected status

Ayrshire potatoes have been granted special status under EU rules to protect them from imitation. The potatoes join a list of Scottish products including Stornoway Black Pudding, Scotch whisky and Scottish salmon which also enjoy protected geographic indication (PGI) status. Only products from particular regions may be badged as such under the system, in order to prevent fakes. Culture Secretary[Read[Read More…]

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Bayer lawsuit: Judge cuts punitive damages in glyphosate-cancer case from $75 million to $20 million

A federal judge on [July 15] slashed a damages award Bayer AG owed a California man who blamed Roundup weed killer for his cancer, to $25.27 million from $80.27 million, while rejecting the company’s bid for a new trial. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said evidence against the former Monsanto Co, which Bayer bought last year, supported[Read[Read More…]

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‘Dutch potato market a bubble that’s about to burst,’ says market trader

According to Felix Molenaar of the eponymous potato company from Haarlem, the Netherlands, the table potato market is very calm. “That’s not unusual at the start of the summer,” he told FreshPlaza, but it has actually been like this since February. We had temperatures of +20 degrees Celsius for ten days back then, and the potato quickly became less popular.[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes one of top high potassium foods

Bananas are a well-known source of potassium, but many other foods contain just as much — if not more — of this nutrient, including potatoes. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps regulate fluid and blood levels in the body. Many fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of potassium. Meat, milk, yogurt, and nuts are also good sources, but also potatoes.[Read[Read More…]

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New fries with enough crisp to survive a delivery ride

Home-delivered fast food is a booming global business, but when it comes to French fries, there’s a hitch.  They often get soggy on the ride. So now, top fry-makers are racing to perfect a crispy fry that can survive a 15-minute ride with a food delivery service. Companies right here in the Northwest are frying up a crisp solution to[Read[Read More…]

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Understanding the potato late blight pathogen: Key for sustainable control

Didier Andrivon from INRA details why an intimate knowledge and understanding of the potato late blight pathogen and its evolution are key towards sustainable control. Phytophthora infestans, the causal pathogen of potato late blight, is known to be a versatile enemy. Its ability to constantly generate new variants is certainly one of the main assets of this highly epidemic parasite[Read[Read More…]

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Marketing opportunities in the US abound, potato suppliers say

Potato marketers in the Pacific Northwest of the US have multiple plans for their spuds this year, as usual. “As with most years, our goals are to assist our customers in building their business and helping solve problems by providing the best customer service we can and the highest-quality product we can grow,” said Matt Yeoman, salesman with Mount Vernon, Wash.-based Skagit[Read[Read More…]

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Ayrshire new potatoes given special EU protection

Ayrshire new potatoes have become the latest Scottish product to be granted EU protection against unauthorised imitation. The potatoes, also known as Ayrshiree earlies, join a list of products including Scotch whisky, Stornoway Black Pudding and Scottish salmon, which also have protected geographic indication (PGI) status. The current system of EU geographical indications ensures only products from a particular region[Read[Read More…]

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US based Swiss Rösti launches new brand of potatoes

US based Swiss Rösti, a start-up company based in Portland Oregon (https://swissrosti.com/) is announcing the nationwide introduction of a new three-item line of frozen Crispy Filled Potato products under its Rösti brand. This new product line is truly an original and authentic cultural food that until now has never been available to the US market. Swiss Rösti partnered with Oregon[Read[Read More…]

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Ethiopian growers help select potato varieties that the market demands

Potatoes are important to food security and they are a cash crop in Ethiopia for small-scale farmers, who account for 83% of the total population and hold 95% of agricultural land. It is widely grown in the highland areas and is one of the few fast growing commodities expanding into non-traditional areas. The International Potato Center (CIP) has partnered with[Read[Read More…]

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Nonpareil-Idaho Potato Packers focus on high quality Idaho Russets

Nonpareil-Idaho Potato Packers is a three-generation, family-owned packer and shipper specializing in Idaho Russet potatoes. Since the company’s founding as Idaho Potato Packers in 1946 by Harold Abend, it “has been committed to providing the best Idaho potatoes that the state can offer,” said Stephen Abend, who has been chief operating officer of the Blackfoot, ID-based company since 2014. Originally[Read[Read More…]

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