Equipment/Technology

Frito-Lay files European patent for microwaveable snack packs

Frito-Lay has developed a microwaveable snack pack that enables consumers to heat chips before eating. The snack major said the invention was “simple and inexpensive to manufacture” and was easy to use for the consumer. The packaging, in pillow or pouch form, could be used to heat a number of snack products, it said, including tortilla chips, potato chips, corn[Read[Read More…]

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Second factory for UK potato producer

Cushendall-based Glens of Antrim Potatoes has expanded with a second factory and new packaging machinery in a £1.25 million investment with potential to create five more jobs. Established by the McKillop family in 1972 the firm is the largest employer in the Glens area with more than 60 staff and is currently exporting its products across Great Britain and Ireland to[Read[Read More…]

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Urschel’s international reputation for slicing and dicing has potato prominence for chips and fries

It started with an ingenious contraption dubbed “the Gooseberry Snipper,” built and patented in 1908 by inventor William Urschel. Following the mantra “Necessity is the mother to invention,” he dreamed up the machine to sell to Michigan canners as an easy and efficient device to remove stems and blossom ends from harvested tart and thorny gooseberries. Today, it’s french fries, potato chips[Read[Read More…]

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New Zealand: $2.7m potato peeler to make McCain’s Timaru factory more efficient

Timaru’s biggest potato peeler will make McCain’s Washdyke french fry factory more efficient, the company says. The vegetable processing company has installed a new $2.7 million machine capable of peeling 35 tonnes of potatoes every hour, McCain spokesman Tony Rasman said on Friday. The machine was productive enough “to future-proof the plant against possible further investment to increase capacity”. Rasman said Timaru’s was the first[Read[Read More…]

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Research: Efficient microtuber production of potato in modified nutrient spray bioreactor system

The aim of this study was to develop and optimize a suitable system for potato shoot growth and microtuberization by investigating the effect of different nutrient spray intervals, BAP concentrations and inoculation densities on various aspects of microtuber production. It also aimed to compare microtuber productivity of the NSB system with conventional semi-solid and liquid culture systems. More You are[Read More…]

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Canada: Prince Edward Island potato farmers worry about cost of installing metal detectors

A group of Prince Edward Island farmers who sell potatoes to the same buyer says it doesn’t makes sense for each to install metal detectors to screen for metal objects. They want government funds dedicated for the screening to go toward metal detectors at the central location where their potatoes are unloaded. But because that is in Nova Scotia, the funding may not[Read[Read More…]

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Dörr follows new trend: packaging potatoes in cardboard trays

It is becoming more and more popular to package potatoes in cardboard trays. The trays come in the consumer measured quantities of one, one and a half and two kilos. Dörr Kampen is following this trend closely with their denesting machine. The new generation of Dörr denesting machines feature a specially designed vacuum gripper for stacking the trays. You are unauthorized[Read More…]

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Canada: Potato tampering prevention gets $2M investment

The federal and Prince Edward Island governments are investing another $2 million to assist the Prince Edward Island potato industry in its efforts to prevent tampered potatoes from making it to market. Gail Shea, P.E.I.’s representative in the federal cabinet, announced Ottawa’s $1.5-million Monday morning at the P.E.I. Potato Board office in Charlottetown. The money will go to metal detection technology, both on farms and[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo: This potato chip has a surprisingly futuristic backstory

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has heavily increased her company’s budget for research and development. In fact, she’s doubled it during her tenure. One product to come out of that effort: a 3D-printed potato chip. Fortune’s Jennifer Reingold wrote about the new technology in a profile of Nooyi for the new Fortune 500 issue. Reingold details the testing of new products[Read[Read More…]

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New turnkey potato project for China

Strategic partners Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko recently supplied a turnkey project at Ningxia Yujing Food Co. in China. The project existed out of a complete French fries and hash brown production line including potato storage and grading system. Kiremko and Tolsma-Grisnich are strategic partners for more than 30 years. The cooperation in China is so strong that both companies share a[Read[Read More…]

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Optimising irrigation for scab control

Understanding varietal susceptibility is crucial when deciding on irrigation strategy to prevent common scab in potatoes, says Mark Stalham, senior research associate at NIAB-CUF. Effective management of the disease in Maris Piper calls for perfect timing and perfect irrigation. The good news is growers can afford to be more flexible when it comes to varieties with lower susceptibility to the pathogen. Quality[Read[Read More…]

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AVR Ecoridger: defeat weed between your potatoes

AVR ecoridger is used to control weed on your ridge flanks. The Ecoridger consists mainly of 2 important components: scraper and ridging elements. Weeds are defeated in an ecological way. Watch video You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Miedema Structural MS belt planters

Miedema Structural PM belt planters are said to be innovative showpieces for farmer-entrepreneurs. The Miedema Structural PM belt planter is a unique concept. Watch video You are unauthorized to view this page.

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GMO potatoes: A solution to key production challenges?

Are there solutions anywhere on the horizon to any of the the most serious pest and disease problems in potato production? According to Dr Phil Nolte, xtension seed potato specialist, University of Idaho, the answer is a qualified yes. “We have the siren call of the ever-developing and ever-improving science of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Yes, I know, the U.S. potato[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Irrigation Best Practice Guide for potatoes published

The management and efficient use of water is a high priority within the UK Potato industry and the actions of growers will have an impact on future resources, especially as Potato Council data suggests 55% of growers have irrigation equipment and 40% of the total potato crop is grown on land with short term tenancies. However, by changing management practices[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Precision potato farming under the ‘SPot-light’

With potato growers facing constant challenges to increase their marketable crop, the industry sees an important new project getting under way, writes Sophie Lock, of the AHDB Potato Council. The first Strategic Potato Farm – SPot Farm for short – has been created at a farm owned and managed by forward-thinking grower James Daw, near Rugeley. This exciting new project[Read[Read More…]

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Tong Peal launches a new crop cleaning solution

Tong Peal Engineering, the UK designer and manufacturer of equipment, has launched its latest innovation in crop cleaning with the new EasyClean Hydro-Sep. Designed for the vegetable processing market the new EasyClean Hydro-Sep offers growers, processors and packers the ultimate crop cleaning solution with effective cleaning results. It also helps to significantly reduce wear and tear on packhouse equipment by removing[Read[Read More…]

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UK: New criteria to warn of early blight attacks

Potato growers and agronomists will be better prepared to cope with more aggressive blight strains this season, with a new BlightCast warning tailored to focus on infections now typically occurring earlier in the season at cooler temperatures. The new forecasting model has been developed by Syngenta agromet specialists, to more effectively reflect the changing dynamics of today’s blight populations. The highly[Read[Read More…]

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Drip irrigation: Doing more with less

Drip irrigation was first used commercially in Israel in the mid-1900s when the advent of plastics made it possible. It continues to be a dominant form of irrigation in many arid (dry) regions where water is the most limiting factor in crop production. Drip irrigation has been shown to allow for significant reductions in water and nutrients by better localizing applications[Read[Read More…]

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TNA appointed new processing group solutions manager for the Americas

TNA, the packaging and processing solutions provider, announces the appointment of Tim Reardon as its new group solutions manager – processing for the Americas. Based at FOODesign’s North American headquarters in Portland, Oregon, Tim will head up the groups’ processing solutions across the region which includes patented processing technology from FOODesign and Florigo, both tna companies. Specialising in FOODesign’s portfolio[Read[Read More…]

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US: Drones are newest tools on the farm

They call the sky-based business, Agribotix. “We are a company which uses drones to help farmers get a view of their land/crops from above,” said Paul Hoff. “We have used our drones around the world, helping grape growers in India, potato farmers in Mexico… We have helped farmers in more than 11 nations, along with the U.S.” The fixed wing[Read[Read More…]

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PHA potato plant planned in Spain

Bio-on S.p.A., the leader in eco-sustainable chemical technologies, and Pizzoli S.p.A., Italy’s largest operator in the potato sector, will collaborate to build Italy’s first PHAs bioplastic production plant using waste product from the potato agro-industrial process. PHAs, or polyhydroxyalkanoates, are bioplastics that can replace a number of traditional plastics currently made with petrochemical processes. More You are unauthorized to view[Read More…]

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Report: Setting up a potato chips manufacturing plant

This research report provides all the requisite aspects for stakeholders who plan to invest in the potato chips manufacturing industry. The study, which has been done by one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms, covers all the requisite aspects of the potato chips industry. This ranges from macro overview of the market to micro details of the industry.[Read[Read More…]

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Big Mac getting its teeth into bluetooth technology

Bluetooth’s usefulness as a marketing tool isn’t limited to offers, discounts and coupons; the technology is also fostering two-way communication between retailers and customers. It’s a dialogue that McDonald’s franchisees hope will prove particularly appealing to the tech-obsessed Millennial generation. More You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Canada: The future of forecasting

Weather INnovations has turned weather modeling into a complex – and rewarding -service for the potato industry. Weather INnovations Inc. is aptly named. The Chatham, Ontario.-based company has turned weather forecasting and analysis for agriculture from a science into a fine art. According to its website, WIN “specializes in providing turnkey weather based monitoring and modelling solutions for agribusinesses, producer[Read[Read More…]

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