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Global french fry shortage looming, says market analyst

The old adage that for a farmer to have a good year, another farmer as to have a failure seems to come true for the U.S. potato market. “There are a lot of issues in the global potato market that will impact the U.S.,” Bruce Huffaker told participants during the University of Idaho Ag Outlook. He heads the North American[Read[Read More…]

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‘Eco friendly’ packaging for fries made from potato skins

It was widely reported in the media the past couple of months that Italian designers Simone Caronni, Paolo Stefano Gentile and Pietro Gaeli have created an ecological packaging for fries made from recycled potato skins (peels), as a sustainable alternative to paper. Called “Peel Saver”, the packaging is essentially made of starch and fibre components that, after maceration and natural dying, bond with each other[Read[Read More…]

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Frozen french fry industry on the rise in China

Processed potatoes in China account for about 15% of total production and include products such as starch, dehydrated potatoes, chips, and frozen French fries (FFF), according to a report presented by USDA Foreign Agricultural Service – “China – Peoples Republic of Potato and Potato Products Annual Report”. Many potato processing machines only run from mid–August to late–March due to the[Read[Read More…]

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And soon, coming to McDonald’s in Japan: An Idaho burger…

There’s an Idaho Burger coming to McDonald’s… McDonald’s of Japan announced that it is releasing a pair of “USA-inspired burgers” as part of an American Deluxe series, according to lifestyle/fashion website Highsnobiety. A trip to a Google-translated version of the Japanese McDonald’s site reveals a Texas Burger 2018 and an Idaho Burger 2018. What delicacies does the Idaho Burger contain? Well,[Read[Read More…]

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The potato croquette that is taking Japan by storm

“Korokke” (potato croquette) is a rather common home cooked dish in Japan, writes our correspondent in that country, Mariko Kihira. Mashed potatoes form the base ingredient of the croquet, and after minced meat and cooked or caramelized onions are added, it is formed into an oval shape, battered with flour, egg and breadcrumbs and then deep fried. One brand  of[Read[Read More…]

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Innovation: Get ready for the new biodegradable “potato plastic”

Several million tonnes of plastic waste pollute the environment every year, and disposable or single-use plastic is a significant contributor to the problem. In response, a student from Gothenburg in Sweden has been able to find the solution to the problem with “Potato Plastic”, an environmentally-friendly, biodegradable alternative to the use of disposable plastic in the fast-food industry – anything[Read[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston explains European potato situation to customers

In a short video posted on social media, potato processor Lamb Weston is explaining to its customers in brief what the potato growing season in Europe was like this year, and how it is expected to effect the french fries the company will be producing in the near future.   You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Lamb Weston posts good results; concerned about European potato crop

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced today its fiscal first quarter 2019 results. We’re pleased with our solid results in the first quarter, with each of our core business segments driving sales growth and expanding product contribution margins, said Tom Werner, President and CEO. “Our results continue to reflect the strong execution by our commercial, supply chain and support teams, as[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston’s quest to produce crispier fries

The perfect French fry is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. A French fry that has been delivered to your home is often the opposite: cold, soggy and limp. Lamb Weston, the US’s biggest manufacturer of those potato delicacies, wants better fast food. Its customers, like McDonald’s and Yum Brands, the owner of KFC, are increasingly teaming[Read[Read More…]

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Small potatoes causing problems for McDonald’s Netherlands this year

As a result of the dry weather, potatoes are smaller than usual this year in the Netherlands. Because of the small-sized potatoes, fries will also be shorter this year. This is problematic for fast food chain McDonald’s. “When the fries don’t meet our specifications, it affects the specialised equipment in our kitchens that measure, position and fry our fries,” says[Read[Read More…]

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New Zealanders take a closer look at ‘the good oil on fish and chips’

While other countries regulate fryer fat use, experts in New Zealand say degraded oils at its favourite chippies is concerning. The key to producing good fish and chips is to use top-quality oil, filter the frying vats each day, regularly change the oil, and cook oils at the right temperature. But industry experts say not all fast food operators are making the health grade, and neighbourhood chippies are some[Read[Read More…]

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The drought issue: Tension developing between Dutch potato farmers and french fry processors

Dutch potato growers and potato processing companies will start talks on Friday to determine who is to pay for the problems with this year’s harvest due to the consequences of the drought, Dutch broadcaster NOS (Nederlandse Omroep Stichting) reports. Farmers want processors to share in the cost of irrigation. Some 80% of the Dutch potato crop is sold under contract[Read[Read More…]

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50 years on, McDonald’s and fast-food evolve around Big Mac

McDonald’s is fighting to hold onto customers as the Big Mac turns 50, but it isn’t changing the makings of its most famous burger. The company is celebrating the 1968 national launch of the double-decker sandwich. But the milestone comes as the company reduces its number of U.S. stores. McDonald’s said Thursday that customers are visiting less often. Other trendy burger[Read[Read More…]

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Taco Bell wants to ‘Make Potato Great’ again in India

Aloo Jeera, Aloo Gobhi, Aloo Matar, Aloo Palak, Aloo Methi; these are just some of the more typical items you’ll find on most Indian menus. Boiled, mashed, baked, blanched, fried et al, the humble potato, a staple for many, can be served up in so many (many) forms and thus, caters to a wide variety of taste buds. But what[Read[Read More…]

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Belgian potato processor says it responds to consumer demands

In an interview with Dan Orehov or Potato Processing International magazine, the  marketing director of Lutosa, Françoise Saint-Ghislain, discussed trends and innovation in processed potato products. Orehov asked her how she views the current market trends concerning processed potatoes, including french fries, and in particular what consumers prefer. “We noticed a rise in our customer’s demand for organic-based products,” Saint-Ghislain said.[Read[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston stock gains on demand for fries, new product innovation

No matter how you slice, mash or fry it, Lamb Weston Holdings has been on a tear since going public a year and a half ago. The Eagle, Idaho-based company has become a top supplier of frozen potato, sweet potato, appetizer and vegetable products to restaurants and retailers worldwide. By finding new ways to get spuds to the public in new forms,[Read[Read More…]

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Pick-a-choose your Big Mac: Burger and fry chain to add more customer choice and variety

As McDonald’s seeks to modernize its business, the company is placing a big bet on mobile and other tech platforms, including mobile phones. McDonald’s has been systematically adding self-service ordering kiosks and table service to stores as it works to “build a better McDonald’s.” “What we’re finding is when people dwell more, they select more,” CEO Steve Easterbrook told CNBC on “Squawk on the Street” on[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s Russia turns to local fries from new processing plant, citing Western sanction woes

French fries at McDonald’s restaurants from Moscow to Murmansk will be Russian from now on, as the American fast-food chain turns to homegrown potatoes to deal with ruble volatility caused by fluctuating oil prices and Western sanctions. McDonald’s Corp, which opened in Russia in 1990 as the Soviet Union collapsed, has been gradually turning to local ingredients in its Russian outlets[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s becomes first restaurant company to set science based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

McDonald’s announces it will partner with franchisees and suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to McDonald’s restaurants and offices by 36% by 2030 from a 2015 base year in a new strategy to address global climate change. Additionally, McDonald’s commits to a 31% reduction in emissions intensity (per metric ton of food and packaging) across its supply chain by[Read[Read More…]

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‘I will pay a premium for Irish potatoes,’ says fast-food mogul

Supermac’s supremo Pat McDonagh says the time has come to put Irish potatoes back on the map. Despite the iconic role the potato crop has played in Irish history, domestic potato production has decreased from 332,000ha in 1850; to just over 9,000ha today. Each year Ireland imports an estimated 50,000t of potatoes; with businessman McDonagh using up approximately 50t on a weekly basis to supply his[Read[Read More…]

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MacFry Potato Academy opens its doors to spud growers

According to a news report published by Farmers Guardian in the UK, potato growers supplying McDonald’s are set to benefit from the provision of free agronomy skills training to improve crop performance and quality with the launch of the MacFry Potato Academy. The Academy is a joint initiative between NIAB and McDonald’s UK and Ireland, in association with potato suppliers McCain[Read[Read More…]

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Nando’s and McDonald’s admit using McCain frozen chips from Scotland

Nando’s  and McDonald’s has admitted using McCain frozen chips from Scotland in its restaurants. Talk of the fries Nando’s use began when an ex-employee told a local newspaper that not all Nando’s food is fresh. Now the chain has confirmed they use McCain frozen chips claims but insists the chips are not the kind you would cook at home. “Our hugely popular chips are developed[Read[Read More…]

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