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COVID-19 impact: The Dutch need to move a ‘mountain of potatoes’

Potato growers are facing huge losses now restaurants and snack bars have closed their doors and compensation plans have not yet materialised, the NRC reports. Now that the majority of restaurants, bars and fast food outlets worldwide have closed their doors to contain coronavirus, growers are looking at a stock of 1.5 million tons of potatoes, two thirds of which cannot be sold.

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Belgian fries spared from national coronavirus lockdown

Belgium’s national dish, fried potato sticks that many English speakers refer to as “French fries,” has escaped the country’s near lockdown over coronavirus, with vendors allowed to stay open while all cafes and restaurants have been forced to close. The government ordered schools, bars, gyms and all sporting and cultural activities to close for three weeks from Saturday and curbed shop opening times to limit the spread of the disease.

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McDonald’s UK french fries (finally) to be British-only

It is reported in The Times that the next time you eat chips in McDonald’s in the UK, they will be entirely British. The fast-food chain has announced that, from now on, its UK arm will buy only British potatoes, in a move that will result in a further £9 million investment each year in the British sector. The decision[Read More…]

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A pregnancy craving turned into a successful 'tornado potato business' for Hawaiian student

Starting with $20, Ganchudur Batgerel, a senior from Mongolia majoring in supply chain operation at Brigham Young University–Hawaii, with the help of her friends, earned more than $1,000 with her “tornado potato business” for the Great Ideas competition. A tornado potato elevates the potato with fried meat and sauce, all in a convenient stick form, she said. “When I was[Read More…]

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The average American spends nearly $30K on snacks in their lifetime

What would you do for a lifetime supply of snacks? According to new research, a sixth of Americans would completely shave their head. The survey of 2,000 Americans found snacks aren’t the only thing to drive respondents to extremes — the same number (16 percent) would also shave their head for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Respondents are truly willing[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston forms joint venture in Argentina

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced earlier this week that it has formed a joint venture with Sociedad Comercial del Plata in Argentina to serve the nearly 2-billion-pound South American market. Each partner will own 50% of the new joint venture, Lamb Weston Alimentos Modernos S.A. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Lamb Weston Alimentos Modernos S.A. will sell frozen[Read More…]

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‘Strategic and growing’: Lamb Weston’s Argentinian JV opens up South American market

Lamb Weston and Argentina’s Sociedad Comercial del Plata (SCP) are forming a joint venture they say will open doors to the South American processed potato market. US company Lamb Weston is one of the largest producers and processors of frozen french fries and other frozen potato products in the world. Each partner will own 50% of the new joint venture,[Read More…]

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Over 99% of farmers follow EPA pesticide rules, so why is the public scared of chemicals?

In September the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US released its 2017 pesticide residue sampling data results. FDA concluded: “The latest set of results demonstrate once again that the majority of the foods we test are well below the federal limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Government sampling data shows an over 99% compliance rate among[Read More…]

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New french fry production line of Farm Frites in Egypt officially opened

In Egypt, the ministers of investment and trade last month opened the new production line of the Dutch Farm Frites company in the 10th of Ramadan City in Sharqia governorate. The new line will be established on an area of 9,300 square meters with total investments of USD 40 million. After attending the inauguration ceremony, Investment Minister Sahar Nasr said[Read More…]

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McCain launches SureCrisp fries to counter soggy delivery fries

It is a truth universally acknowledged that ordering fries for delivery is going to result in a potent cocktail of devastation, regret, and cold, soggy potato, as the fries slowly steam themselves in transit, writes James Hansen on MSN. Question one: Why, then, do people still order them? Question two: Is it an insurmountable issue? Perhaps, no longer. McCain, the[Read More…]

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Britain’s best fish and chip restaurants revealed

Fish and chips is one of the UK’s most traditional and popular dishes, enjoyed at the seaside, at home or for those who like a more formal setting, in a restaurant with a nice glass of wine. The dish is beloved in households across the country, but getting the best fish and chips is important, the fluffiness of the chips[Read More…]

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Report: McDonald’s spent nearly $136 million on Idaho commodities in 2018

McDonald’s Corp. spent nearly $136 million on Idaho agricultural commodities to supply its fast food restaurants during 2018, according to a recently released corporate report.  During the year, the Chicago-based fast-food giant purchased 271.285 million pounds of Idaho potatoes. McDonald’s also bought 58.3 million pounds of cheese, 14.9 million pounds of beef, 6.4 million pounds of sugar and 2.3 million[Read More…]

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McDonald’s adds international favorites to the menu, including sweet potato fries from the Netherlands

Fed up of classic McDonald’s fries? Then make sure you try out the new sweet potato fries that have been introduced as part of the international menu. Look, let’s be perfectly honest here, McDonald’s is not known for their fries, writes Cullum Gunn in an article on Fansided. They’re OK and they will certainly curb that craving you get for[Read More…]

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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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US potato chip company to construct warehouse to accommodate growing business

Officials with West Virginia-based Mister Bee Potato Chips said this week that plans are in place to construct a new warehouse in order to keep up with expanding production. An estimated $500,000, 10,000-square-foot project, the warehouse is planned to be built next to the company’s production facility in Parkersburg, The Parkersburg News & Sentinel reports. The growth follows a recent investment of[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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New processing facility for Pepsico India

The owner of the Frito-Lay and Quaker brands broke ground on a new site in India’s Uttar Pradesh – which it hopes will double its snacks business by 2022. PepsiCo said the Rs 514 crore ($74m) investment, including a cold storage facility, is in line with its plan to double sales in the world’s second most populous country. The project[Read[Read More…]

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