Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurants

As french fry demand diminishes, potato acres expected to drop in Canada’s Manitoba province

Manitoba potato growers are feeling the impact of COVID-19, Cory Knutt of PembinaValley Online reports. According to Dan Sawatzky, Manager of Keystone Potato Producers Association: “Acreage will be down this year,” he said. “An estimate might be in that 67,000 range, which is similar to a couple years back. We are seeing demand for fries diminishing, certainly with the COVID-19 virus.

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AHDB quantifies the impact of chip-shop closures in Britain

Over the past 3 weeks we have seen the sudden and drastic closure of the vast majority of demand for chipping and bagged potatoes for foodservice markets in the UK. With the chip-shop market being mostly closed, what is the impact on potato tonnages destined for this market? AHDB estimates a balance (at mid-March) of 188,576 tonnes is facing the issue of lost demand.

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Covid-19 lockdown: Fish and chip shop closures sting Kiwi potato and fish suppliers

New Zealand produces 500 million kilograms of potatoes each year and half of that ends up as frozen chips with the vast majority being sold to takeaway shops and restaurants. Potatoes New Zealand chief executive Chris Claridge said people making do by whipping up their greasies at home. ”That hasn’t made up for a drop in demand from the hospitality sector in the food service sector, which has essentially gone to zero.”

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Potatoes USA: 2019 a banner year for potatoes, but in 2020 exports decline with severe losses in foodservice sales

Utilization of U.S. grown potatoes increased by 3.3% in volume in 2019 compared to 2018, an increase of 1,183 million pounds. The full force of the global pandemic and its impact on food sales became very apparent in March, Potatoes USA says. Beginning with the restrictions in China and then elsewhere in Asia, U.S. exports slowed considerably. Domestically, the calls for social distancing and the restrictions on sporting events, entertainment, bars, and restaurants has led to a drastic decline in foodservice sales.

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Potato Weekly: Standstill in Britain’s chipping market; growers trying to make planting decisions

In this week’s Potato Weekly report, issued yesterday by AHDB Potatoes, analyst Adian Wright writes that trade in the chipping market is at almost a complete standstill as most chip shops remain closed across the UK. Meanwhile, another week of good weather nationwide has meant that for many, planting of potatoes has continued at pace, but the uncertainty of how long certain markets may be unavailable is hanging over some growers who are trying to make planting decisions.

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Chips are down for Dutch potato sector as demand for french fries plummets amid foodservice closures

As restaurants, snack bars and fast food outlets remain on lockdown to contain the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Dutch out-of-home and foodservice markets have seen a sudden and steep decline in demand for fries, FoodingredientsFirst reports. Industry executives tell FoodIngredientsFirst how potato growers are facing huge losses and a dire forecast of a one million metric ton surplus of french fries.

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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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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

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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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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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