Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurants

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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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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Designing a better low-fat potato chip

Munching on low-fat potato chips might reduce the guilt compared with full-fat versions, but many people don’t find the texture as appealing. Now, researchers have developed a technique to analyze potato chips’ physical characteristics from simulated first bite to swallow, which they say could be used to help formulate a tastier low-fat snack. They report their results in the Journal of[Read[Read More…]

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Spudulike closes all 37 outlets across Britain

The baked potato specialist Spudulike has closed all 37 of its branches with the loss of nearly 300 jobs, the latest in a growing list of once-familiar retail names to disappear from the high street. Founded in 1974, the chain was popular in the 1980s and 1990s and became synonymous with the Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke creations Wayne and Waynetta Slob, who named[Read More…]

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UAE company signs Lamb Weston

Foodservice distributor, Bidfood Oman, previously known as HORECA Trade, has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for frozen potato product producer, Lamb Weston. Lamb Weston has been partners with Bidfood UAE since 2007 and the partnership has yielded milestones and accomplishments, which rendered the partnership-decision an easy one for Bidfood Oman. Commenting on the new business partnership, Bidfood Middle East’s[Read[Read More…]

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New fries with enough crisp to survive a delivery ride

Home-delivered fast food is a booming global business, but when it comes to French fries, there’s a hitch.  They often get soggy on the ride. So now, top fry-makers are racing to perfect a crispy fry that can survive a 15-minute ride with a food delivery service. Companies right here in the Northwest are frying up a crisp solution to[Read[Read More…]

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US based Swiss Rösti launches new brand of potatoes

US based Swiss Rösti, a start-up company based in Portland Oregon (https://swissrosti.com/) is announcing the nationwide introduction of a new three-item line of frozen Crispy Filled Potato products under its Rösti brand. This new product line is truly an original and authentic cultural food that until now has never been available to the US market. Swiss Rösti partnered with Oregon[Read[Read More…]

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Britain’s Spudulike in rescue restructuring mode

Baked potato specialist Spudulike is seeking landlords’ backing for a rescue restructure involving rent cuts and closures in the latest sign of meltdown on the high street. The chain, which was popular in the 1980s and 1990s when it became synonymous with Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke creations Wayne and Waynetta Slob who named their second child “Spud-u-lika”, wants to close at least[Read[Read More…]

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India’s Tasty Treat company introduces new potato chip range

Tasty Treat, part of Future Consumer Ltd, has introduced a new range of potato chips in India. Available in five flavours, the firm offers its products in four different packs that are priced from Rs 5, said a release. CEO of Food Business, Future Group, Sadashiv Nayak, says, “We are excited to introduce our range of potato chips for all[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s fries around the world

However you feel about McDonald’s, it is inescapable. The franchise has outposts in over 100 countries throughout the world, with a total number of locations topping 36,000 (as of January 2018). Wherever you go, there is McDonald’s. And in every McDonald’s, you can find many of the same menu items: the standard burgers, the thin, salty fries. They may be called Le[Read[Read More…]

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Innovation Challenge: Lamb Weston UK goes home with Gold

It has always declared that innovation is at the very core of the Company but now Lamb Weston can validate that claim as it scoops the coveted Gold Award, winning the Casual Dining Show’s Innovation Challenge in the UK. Lamb Weston’s revolutionary new Hot2Home™ fries won over the judges at the end of the day, although the product was pitched[Read[Read More…]

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The potato chip: Created in the eighteen hundreds, and still popular…

In 1853 while working as the head chef at Cary Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Lake, near Saratoga Springs New York. One day some of his guests complained that he made french fries to thick. Irritated, he made another batch but sliced the potatoes extra thin on purpose. He deep fried them and added salt. The result was a thin, crisp and delicious treat his[Read[Read More…]

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Online toolkit helps British fish and chip shops offer healthier options

An online toolkit has been designed to help fish and chip shops across the UK respond to consumer demand for healthier options.  Put together by the British Takeaway Campaign (BTC), the toolkit is based on best practice in the takeaway sector and consists of four steps that it believes most takeaways can implement. These measures include offering smaller portion sizes, making sure[Read[Read More…]

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Rising potato prices may pressure fry deals

In the past two years, restaurant brands have turned French fries into a battlefield, offering deals and new twists to lure in customers. But price pressures from a poor recent potato crop in Europe may soon complicate that strategy. “Europe is having one of the worst potato crops in 40 years,” said Akshay Jagdale, packaged food analyst with Jefferies Inc.,[Read[Read More…]

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