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UK industry exhibitors report excellent outcomes from Fruit Logistica

Building on the growing success of its collaboration over the past two years, Potato Council and Horticultural Development Company (HDC) brought the largest collaborative UK stand yet to this year’s Fruit Logistica event in Berlin. The event, held this February at Berlin’s Messe, featured 2,785 exhibitors from 83 countries, with AHDB’s Potato Council and HDC joining forces again alongside co-exhibitors[Read More…]

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UK: Herbert Engineering launches state-of-the-art grader

After years of research Marshland St James-based Herbert Engineering has launched a state-of-the-art grader designed to significantly improve the grading process. The business, a market leader in agricultural handling systems, has launched its Herbert “Vector” Wave Motion Grader, which it recently showcased at the LAMMA show in Peterborough, the UK’s leading show for farm machinery and equipment. The Vector is[Read More…]

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Irish potato industry explores international potential

Bord Bia along with the Irish Potato Federation will facilitate business between the three Irish companies and international buyers at the Ireland Origin Green pavilion at this year’s Fruit Logistica. Fruit Logistica begins today in Berlin and is the world`s leading trade fair for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry, attracting in excess of 60,000 visitors from over 140 countries.[Read More…]

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UK: Need for change drilled home at SAC Consulting potato day

If there was a common theme at SAC Consulting potato day at Scone, it was about the need to change. Potato growing simply cannot carry on as before in the face of the real challenge of falling fresh consumption. Dr Stuart Wale, formerly of SAC and now an independent consultant, characterised the 2014 season as a mix of the good,[Read More…]

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Agrico celebrating worldwide choice in seed and table potatoes at Fruit Logistica

Agrico will be participating in Fruit Logistica, held from Wednesday 4 until Friday 6 February in Berlin. At this leading international fair Agrico will present its worldwide choice in the fields of seed and table potatoes. At the fair Agrico will focus on eight different varieties that have greatly contributed towards the company’s success in the various sectors all over[Read More…]

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US: Water, virus issues top potato conference agenda

Nearly 1,800 people are expected to attend the Washington Oregon Potato Conference Jan. 27-29 in Kennewick, Wash. The Washington-Oregon Potato Conference offers updates from state and national agencies, researchers. USDA Agricultural Research Service researcher Stewart Gray and University of Idaho researcher Alex Karasev will present the latest research and developments with potato virus Y, potato mop top virus and tobacco[Read More…]

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US: North Dakota farmers receive Seed Grower award at Potato Expo 2015

By all accounts, Potato Expo 2015 held recently in Orlando was a huge success. The largest gathering of the U.S. potato industry drew over 1,900 attendees and 160 exhibitors. The Potato Expo offered educational programming covering the top issues facing the potato industry. Corrie and Tom Enander from Grenora, N.D., took home the National Potato Council’s Seed Grower of the[Read More…]

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UK: UV bursts offer chemical-free destruction of seed potato and fresh produce pathogens, says supplier

Techneat Engineering will use next week’s LAMMA 2015 agricultural equipment show to unveil its new pulsed UV light system for cleansing seed potatoes and fresh produce. The patented technology concentrates UV energy into a flash lasting fractions of a millisecond, at a wavelength which terminally disrupts the DNA and cell structure of pathogens. Researchers at the Potato Council’s Sutton Bridge[Read More…]

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2015 Potato Expo – The Power of Potatoes

During the 2015 Potato Expo in Orlando, Fla., Bayer CropScience demonstrated the power of one of the world’s most important staple crops through the Share the Spuds giving campaign. This initiative encouraged attendees to help Bayer decide how to allocate a $10,000 donation to the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA), an organization that provides potatoes and other fresh produce to[Read More…]

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Scotland: Facing potato industry challenges

With Scotland’s potato growers reeling from the fall in demand for fresh potatoes and low prices from over-supply, a conference in Perth will stress the positive messages for an important industry. The SAC Consulting Association of Potato Producers (SACCAPP) Conference planned for Wednesday 21 January at Perth Racecourse is in its 16th year and has become a key event for[Read More…]

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Over 10 per cent more visitors than last year at Interpom | Primeurs – Potato Business

The 17th edition of Interpom | Primeurs in KortrijkXpo, Belgium, has again chalked up record visitor numbers with no less than 19,529 visitors, representing an increase of 10.5 per cent. The organizer considers that, in spite of the difficult market situation today, these growth figures (the last edition was also up 25.7 per cent) together with the many new products[Read More…]

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Kenya: Dutch potatoes on the menu at Agri-ProFocus Annual Network day in Nairobi

During the Agri-ProFocus Annual Network day which will be held the 13th November 2014, at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, a side-event will be organised featuring the high quality Dutch potatoes that have become recently available in Kenya. Selected institutional buyers and producers of potatoes in Kenya will address the forum. In addition, there will be an exhibition area –[Read More…]

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TOMRA to demonstrate Genius System at Gulfood Manufacturing event

TOMRA Sorting Food will exhibit its popular Genius modular sorting system at Gulfood Manufacturing, the largest food processing exhibition for the Middle East, Africa and Indian Sub-Continent, November 9-11. The event is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre and TOMRA Sorting Food will attend in partnership with United Arab Emirates-based food group Fanar Al Khaleej. Source: www.potatobusiness.com See[Read More…]

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UK: Potato supply chain ‘in focus’ at November conference

‘From seed to ware’, this year’s Seed Industry Event (SIE14) on 25 November, at the Crieff Hydro in Perthshire, widens its’ appeal to the whole supply chain, covering seed, plant health, pest and disease advice, seed supplier and customer case studies, processing, storage and retail insights. This year’s seed event will not just be about seed. The speaker programme features[Read More…]

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Potato Expo 2015: Chip, fresh, processed and seed sector-specific breakout sessions

Industry leaders and nationally-recognized experts will lead 16 educational sessions focusing on the latest issues and trends in the potato marketplaces during the POTATO EXPO 2015 Breakout Sessions. New in 2015: Breakout Sectors include four time slots synchronized to allow attendees to move between the Chip, Fresh, Process, and Seed Breakouts as desired and select their preferred topic or speaker[Read More…]

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Northern Ireland: Tremendous turnout for Potato Festival

Well over 5,000 people enjoyed the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Northern Ireland’s second Potato Festival, held at a site adjacent to the Giant’s Causeway last Saturday. And visitors who may have thought that the humble spud was fast receding into the background – as part of our local folklore – would have come away with a clear message[Read More…]

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UK: ‘From seed to ware’, the theme for Seed Industry Event to take place in November

“From seed to ware”, this year’s Seed Industry Event (SIE14) on 25 November, at the Crieff Hydro in Perthshire, widens its’ appeal to the whole supply chain, covering seed, plant health, pest and disease advice, seed supplier and customer case studies, processing, storage and retail insights. The event will not be just about seed. The speaker programme features industry leaders[Read More…]

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UK: Today marks the start of Potato Week 2014

Today sees the start of Potato Week so we’ll all be celebrating all things Maris Piper this year. The campaign encourages shoppers to trade up from generic white potatoes to a pack of ‘Fluffy’ Maris Piper. The campaign aims to build positive references to Maris Piper. Jo Pratt, celebrity chef, TV cook and bestselling author has been commissioned to develop[Read More…]

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The World Potato Congress Industry Awards are open for nominations

The World Potato Congress Industry Awards are an important and prestigious event on the international potato scene and the nominations for next years are now open. The President of the World Potato Congress (WPC), David Thompson, Canada, and the Chairman of the WPC Industry Awards Committee, Douglas Harley, Scotland, have announced that nominations are now being called for the 2015[Read More…]

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Potatoes have field day in Canada

About 150 potato producers from across North America participated in the first Potato Field Day Aug. 15 in Ste-Croix, Quebec. More than 112 different varieties were on display at the event, organized by Quebec Parmentier Inc. and its partners. Varieties ranged from a pink fingerling to a purple creamer, plus many new white, yellow and red varieties. In the morning, potato[Read More…]

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UK: Potato Week 2014 to take place on October 6-12

The dates have been set for Potato Week 2014, and running from 6-12 October the campaign will celebrate the humble potato and encourage mums to ‘trade-up’ from generic whites to named varieties. Run by Potato Council for the benefit of the supply chain, the Week will focus on helping consumers shop for potatoes far more intuitively; choosing varieties based on[Read More…]

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