‘World first’ potato-based smoothie drink launched in Britain

My Foodie, a range of potato based smoothies manufactured in Sweden, has launched in the UK. The drinks are said to be free from the most common allergens – gluten, dairy, nuts or animal produce – and added sugar. My Foodie claims that the drinks provide “everything people need and nothing they don’t” – best summed up in the Swedish[Read[Read More…]

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A lovable Idaho potato has become a top U.S. mascot

Many brands have mascots to help engage consumers with their products. Examples include Ronald McDonald, the Energizer Bunny, the Jolly Green Giant, Mr. Peanut — and no doubt you can name dozens of others, Farm and Ranch reports. Thirty-six years ago, the Idaho Potato Commission introduced its mascot, Spuddy Buddy, who back then sported a bandana and cowboy hat to[Read[Read More…]

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Scientists develop biofortified ‘super spud’ in a bid to tackle malnutrion

Scientists are creating a “super potato”, fortified with iron and zinc, in a bid to tackle malnutrition in developing countries, reports The Telegraph. According to the report, millions of people around the world suffer micronutrient deficiencies – a lack of essential vitamins and minerals. This can lead to stunting in children, who then go on to suffer cognitive delays, weakened immunity[Read[Read More…]

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Belgian partners, Peruvian farmers and researchers join forces around ‘tunta’ potatoes

ILVO, HOGENT and TRIAS in Belgium are hosting a Peruvian delegation to the Food Pilot (ILVO, Melle, Belgium) to get the production of so-called “tuntas” (freeze dried potatoes) in a small cooperative factory in the Andes. Flemish food technologists perform experiments and analyses in Belgium together with the Peruvians. The goal of the development cooperation project is to make the[Read[Read More…]

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Scotland overwhelmingly supports its farmers, research finds

Public support of Scottish farming is growing, according to research commissioned by the Scottish Government. The research suggests that 83% of Scots believe that farming provides an essential public service, the Scottish Government says in a news release. A further 86% believe that the industry is critical to the success of the Scottish economy. The research also indicates widespread support[Read[Read More…]

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‘The DNA dinner’: A personalized food menu that restores your body

Providing DNA information to get the most nutritious meal for your own, unique body needs. HZPC Sector Breeder Jeroen Bakker in the Netherlands did this, together with a group of 100 other agri professionals. “As the agri sector, we organised the event to attract people’s attention to healthy food”, he says. “We believe food should play a bigger part in[Read[Read More…]

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Sensory research digs deep to understand why people like potatoes

Potato lovers are sure to find this research about spuds appealing. Chetan Sharma is completing his doctorate in human nutrition at Kansas State University’s Olathe campus under the guidance of Martin Talavera, assistant professor of sensory analysis and consumer behavior. For his dissertation, Sharma is conducting a comprehensive, multiyear project that looks at the sensory aspects of potatoes. He is focusing[Read[Read More…]

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Cornish new potatoes in store

Signalling the start of summer, Cornish new potatoes have arrived in Tesco and local stores around the south west of the UK. The fresh, seasonal new potato crop is the first of the year from the UK’s mainland, and will be available to buy until early August. “We know consumers love the fact that these potatoes are freshly harvested and[Read[Read More…]

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Side Delights responds to shoppers increasing demand for sustainability practices

Side Delights® announced today it heightened commitment to sustainability while continuing to focus on implementing the highest food-safety practices available. Recent Nielsen research confirms that shoppers base their purchase decisions in part on the sustainability practices of products and the companies that produce them.  The study shows that sustainable efforts are crucial to Millennial shoppers: 68% of consumers feel strongly[Read[Read More…]

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The Idaho ‘ice cream potato’: A sweet twist on the classic baked potato

Idaho is the place for potatoes — its state vegetable is the potato, it’s home to the Idaho Potato Museum and its farmers produce 13 billion pounds of potatoes annually. Perhaps it’s no surprise that a state known for potatoes has some tricks up its sleeve when it comes to inventive ways of preparing, writes Kerry Breen of the TODAY Show. Meet the Idaho Ice Cream Potato!, Kerry[Read[Read More…]

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Retailers make a splash in 28th Annual Idaho Potato Lover’s Display Contest

A sea of showstopping displays from coast to coast made for some tough judging in the 2019 Idaho® Potato Lover’s Retail Display Contest, which gave out more than $150,000 in cash and prizes. “We had so many wonderful entries this year for both large and small displays,” says IPC Marketing Manager Jamie Bowen. “It’s always difficult to pick winners, but this[Read[Read More…]

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Plant-based lifestyle trend: Side Delights potato farmers team up with mushroom growers

Side Delights® potato farmers in the US have teamed up with mushroom growers to create an in-store promotion with seven original recipes for “A Week’s Worth of Yum.”  The program includes a point-of-sale merchandiser with a tear-off recipe card featuring a recipe and a URL to download the Week’s Worth of Yum e-book. Potatoes and mushrooms work naturally together to[Read[Read More…]

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First new Norwegian potatoes on shelves in June

Potato grower Tom Sigurd Dokkedal from Reddal, in the south of Norway, started pre-sprouting his seed potatoes in January. Adding additional lighting for seven to eight weeks and keeping temperatures around eight or nine degrees Celsius has resulted in a head-start of two weeks, he told FreshPlaza in an interview. “This year, the first potatoes were planted on 25 March,[Read[Read More…]

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Utz Quality Foods said to ‘pay $1.2M in false advertising lawsuit’

According to an ABC Eyewitness News report published earlier today by WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham from reporters Diane Wilson and Tonya Simpson, Utz Quality Foods has agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle claims the company engaged in false advertising. According to the report, the lawsuit accused the company of labeling products that contained chemical, synthetic or processed ingredients “all[Read[Read More…]

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Irish potato market update: Consumption remains buoyant

“As we approach another bank holiday weekend and also due to that fact that cooler weather has prevailed over the past week, potato consumption remains buoyant”, according to a report by the Tipperary Times. Like last week’s report, it is said that store materials are getting low in Ireland with more growers now finished selling. Planting is reported to be[Read[Read More…]

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AFF launches new website

The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) has launched an updated website with new content and to improve visitors’ experiences on the increasingly popular site.  “The website now receives tens of thousands of visitors each year,” says Teresa Thorne, AFF Executive Director.  “We want to continue to improve the site, retain our visitors and attract new users.  The newly formatted site[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes prevent food crisis and restore ‘dignity and hope’ in Ethiopia, Irish aid agency says

Irish potatoes have prevented another major humanitarian food crisis in one of the poorest and most remote parts of Ethiopia, the Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide has said. The humble spud, introduced by Concern Worldwide into the country’s drought-prone northern highland regions in 2007, is credited with a major drop in food shortages and improvements in the local economy. The[Read[Read More…]

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How ‘machine vision’ keeps the flavour of your potato chips intact

Most of us are familiar with the packaging videos thanks to NatGeo’s mega-factories. The food and beverages industry giants like Pepsico bring over $ 60 billion in revenue per year. To meet the high consumption rate and to maintain the consistency in taste and texture of the product, companies go to great lengths by deploying state-of-the-art tech. Machine learning has[Read More…]

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Chinese netizens lament reported Lay’s potato chip price hike

Reported news of PepsiCo’s proposed price hike for its Lay’s potato chips and Cheetos puffs has made millions of Chinese consumers frown, some lamenting increased costs for the snacks as life and work pressure continue to mount in China. The news of the Lay’s potato chips price hike garnered 260 million reads and 320,000 discussions on Sina Weibo in a[Read[Read More…]

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Grocers in Iceland lament the lack of ‘first class Icelandic potatoes’

The Icelandic Federation of Trade is calling for a suspension of duties on potatoes so that potatoes grown abroad can be imported at an acceptable cost to local consumers.  RÚV reports that Iceland’s current potato crop suffered after a wet and cold summer last year. As such, locally-grown potatoes are not up to their usual standard and grocers and produce importers[Read[Read More…]

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Potato prices soar in Eastern Europe

Prices of some vegetables, especially potatoes, in the Czech Republic have been increasing dramatically due to a significant drop in production, a new report from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has revealed. According to the information, consumers are paying over 67% more for potatoes, and almost 25% more for vegetables (including lettuce, peas, cucumbers, etc). Potatoes, a[Read[Read More…]

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