Events

‘A Cut Above’: Side Delights unveils new premium potato line for its foodservice program

Fresh Solutions Network (FSN) is set to showcase its A Cut Above potato line at the IFPA Foodservice Expo in Monterey, California. The premium-quality, three-tier program is designed to enhance kitchen operations and boost profitability. The line includes fresh whole, whole-peeled, and fresh-cut potatoes. Kathleen Triou, CEO of FSN, highlighted the products’ exceptional taste and consistent texture, making them ideal for creating signature potato dishes.

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‘Innovating the future of potatoes’: Potatoes SA Symposium to propel South African potato industry forward

The Potatoes SA Research Symposium, scheduled for July 18-19, 2023, aims to address challenges and prioritize innovation in the South African potato industry. The event will focus on alternative uses for low-grade potatoes, soil health, data utilization, and quality optimization. The symposium, supported by leading industry sponsors, will foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among growers, experts, and stakeholders, with the goal of advancing the sector’s growth and sustainability.

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McCain’s soil health mission: A story of french fries, regenerative agriculture, and a beloved TV character

On National French Fry Day, McCain, the world’s largest french fry producer, is using the revival of a beloved TV character, Barb, to demonstrate the potential of regenerative agriculture in restoring eroded farmland. McCain aims to apply regenerative practices to all its potato farms by 2030, promoting farm resilience, crop diversity, and reduced chemical impacts.

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Field days at UW-Madison CALS honor 175th anniversary with agricultural updates

The UW-Madison CALS Agricultural Research Stations are hosting a series of public events during the summer to share research updates and educational information with agricultural professionals and home gardeners. This summer is particularly significant as it marks the 175th anniversary of the University of Wisconsin, with field days recognizing past achievements alongside current and future innovations. A notable collaboration in the late 1990s led to the development of the environmentally friendly Healthy Grown brand of potatoes.

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The future of global potato trade: Insights from Europatat Congress 2023

The Europatat Congress 2023, held in Gdansk, Poland, focused on the changing geopolitical landscape and its impact on the potato trade. The event, co-organised by Europatat and the Polish Potato Federation, attracted over 100 participants from 14 countries. Topics discussed included the EU’s Green Deal, new consumption trends, and the potato sector’s future. Guest speakers highlighted the importance of the potato industry in Europe and the US, and the need for improved communication with consumers and supply chain partners.

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Kenya to welcome the potato world: Nairobi secures bid to host 2026 World Potato Congress

Nairobi, Kenya, has been selected to host the 2026 World Potato Congress, a significant global event aimed at fostering partnerships to enhance food systems, food security, and international trade. This marks the first time the biennial congress will be held in sub-Saharan Africa. It is expected to boost potato production, employment, and sustainable agriculture in the region, while also providing a robust platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and investment in the potato sector.

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Europatat Congress 2023: Food expert and Top Chef confirmed as keynote speaker

The organisers of Europatat Congress 2023 – the Polish Potato Federation and Europatat – are excited to announce that Grzegorz Łapanowski, food expert, culinary journalist and creative chef, will give a keynote speech on 6 June during the public session of Europatat’s annual event in Gdansk (Poland). The public conference will include a panel discussion with the topic “The Changing Geopolitical Landscape and the Future for Potato Trade”.

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‘Potato, could this be the future of plant-based meat?’ Royal Avebe talks potatoes on the Food Matters Live Podcast

Royal Avebe is partnering with Food Matters Live in a series of new podcast episodes about the amazing history, versatility, and untapped potential of the humble potato. The company says in a recent news release: “The potato plays a huge role in the global food industry and has been a core ingredient in many of our diets for centuries, but there’s a lot more to the potato than at first meets the eye…”

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World Potato Congress now to be hosted every two years, calling for proposals to host Congress

The World Potato Congress Inc. is now calling for proposals from parties interested in hosting the 14th World Potato Congress to be held in 2028. This Congress, once a triennial event, has gained in popularity and as such, will now to be held every two years. World Potato Congress Inc. says this great opportunity to host key players from the global potato value chain can prove to be beneficial to the host country and region.

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Potatoes and geopolitics: Europatat Congress 2023 explores the future of agri-food trade

On June 6, 2023, the inaugural Polish edition of the Europatat Congress will be held under the theme “The Changing Geopolitical Landscape and the Future for Potato Trade.” The event, taking place in Gdansk, Poland, will explore the effects of current geopolitics on international agri-food trade and the implications of the EU’s Green Deal objectives and new consumption trends for the potato sector within and beyond Europe. The organizers are pleased to reveal the primary speakers for the event.

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Potato sustainability takes center stage at the 2nd Annual PSA Summer Symposium

The Potato Sustainability Alliance (PSA) is set to host its 2nd Annual Summer Symposium at the Sysco Global Support Center in Houston, Texas, from June 20-22, 2023. The event, which aims to advance discussions surrounding potato sustainability and celebrate the industry’s progress, is now open for registration, offering special early bird discounts until May 1st.

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Northeast Potato Technology Forum scheduled for March

After two years of virtual meetings, the Northeast Potato Technology Forum is excited to be back in person for 2023. The meeting will take place on March 21st and 22nd, 2023 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. This two-day event will feature presentations from researchers from the Atlantic Northeast (NB, NS, PEI, QC and ME) working in potato research and agronomy.

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Registrations for the upcoming Europatat Congress now open

The next Europatat Congress will take place on 5, 6 and 7 June in Gdańsk, Poland. The congress will be hosted by the Polish Potato Federation. Europatat organises its Congress every year in a different European location. Registrations for the 2023 Congress is now open.

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TOMRA Food spotlights AI and demonstrates sorting, grading, and packing solutions at Fruit Logistica Berlin

TOMRA Food treated visitors to its stand at Fruit Logistica Berlin last week (Berlin, 8-10 February) with 3D footage of its sorting, grading, and packing solutions in action, and gave a presentation on the event’s Tech-Stage. The company illustrated how the food industry can benefit from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning. TOMRA Food showcased solutions from both its business areas, TOMRA Fresh Food and TOMRA Processed Food.

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Agritech innovator to unveil new iteration of crop insights tool

HarvestEye is set to launch the newest version of its industry leading machine-learning driven root crops insights tool at Fruit Logistica, the world’s largest fresh produce trade fair. Fitting to harvesting or grading equipment, HarvestEye is a low-cost method to deliver performance data on the size, shape, quality and mapping variability of root crops, which is currently compatible with potatoes and onions.

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Scotts to showcase range of specialized equipment at Fruit Logistica event in Germany

Scotts Precision Manufacturing, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of vegetable cleaning and harvesting equipment, will attend the Fruit Logistica show in Berlin next week, 8 – 10 February. The event is expected to bring together more than 2,000 exhibitors from 87 countries. Other than the Evolution Separator, Scotts will also be revealing details on its 2023 revisions of the  Microlift Pro windrower, cabbage de-leafing system and the company’s range of Trinity haulm toppers.

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Scottish Agronomy to host annual Potato Trials and Technology Transfer event

The Potato Trials and Technology Transfer event will take place on Wednesday, 1st February. Host Scottish Agronomy Ltd says this event provides the company with an opportunity to update growers on new developments in potato production. “In-store energy costs, monitoring and actions for efficiency improvements” is one of several topics to be discussed during the meeting.

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Restrain to exhibit its ethylene storage technology at potato trade show in Manitoba

From January 24 – 26, Restrain will be exhibiting at the Manitoba Potato Production Days Conference & Trade Show in Canada. Restrain is a manufacturer and distributor of ethylene generators. Restrain generators control sprouting in post-harvest potatoes, in a more natural way than any other agri-chemical method. Restrain is a natural sprout inhibitor based on the natural gas ethylene.

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Haith to focus on optical sorting at Fruit Logistica

Haith, a leading manufacturer of vegetable handling solutions in the UK, will be promoting its innovative mobile optical sorter at the Fruit Logistica event next month (8-10 February). The PRO-Sort optical sorter was developed by Haith in partnership with GRIMME UK and automates the removal of stone, clod and foreign debris from potatoes. Capable of handling up to 100 tonnes per hour with high levels of accuracy thanks to the integral TOMRA 3A optical sorter, the PRO-Sort is proving popular with growers faced with labour shortages.

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PCN and blackleg main topics at Cambridge potato conference

Potato industry challenges posed by PCN and blackleg were among the topics discussed at the recent Cambridge University Potato Growers’ Association (CUPGRA) annual conference, as Ken Fletcher, editor at The Scottish Farmer reports in this news article. Scotland’s seed potato sector has an increasingly serious problem with the potato cyst nematode (PCN) species, globodera pallida, warned specialist potato agronomist, Eric Anderson, of Scottish Agronomy. Prof Ian Toth, of the James Hutton Institute, eld a workshop to discuss his latest research into Root damage by free living nematodes (FLN) as an important factor in blackleg infestation.

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FAM Stumabo to showcase latest cutting innovations at Fruit Logistica

FAM Stumabo will be present to showcase its latest cutting innovations in the vegetable and fruit industry at the Fruit Logistica show in Berlin, Germany from 8 to 10 February. As the European leader in the field of industrial cutting machines, FAM focuses on developing industrial cutting machines for the food industry, by providing customers with the solutions they need for the cutting, slicing and dicing of vegetables, fruits, potatoes.

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A successful event, great experience: Potato Expo attendance returns to pre-pandemic levels

On Jan. 4-5, more than 1,800 U.S. potato growers and industry members from a dozen countries turned out for Potato Expo 2023, hosted by the National Potato Council, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado, to do business and prepare their operations for the future. Celebrating its 15th year, Potato Expo 2023 broke previous attendance records for an event hosted outside of Las Vegas, with 1,816 registered attendees and 175 exhibitors covering more than 90,000 square feet in the Aurora Exhibit Hall.

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