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US: Frozen and fresh potato exports up; dehy down

Total U.S. Frozen potato exports recovered in March, up 17% over March 2016 and bringing the total for the first three quarters of the marketing year to 754,953 metric tons, up 3% over the same period last fiscal year.  The March recovery was led by the Philippines up 57%, Mexico 38%, Taiwan 36%, Indonesia 31%, Japan 28% and Korea 25%.  The[Read More…]

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Egyptian potatoes imported by Syria to tackle high prices

In order to ensure that the needs of the domestic market are met and to put an end to the dramatic increase of prices caused by the Syrian crisis, a batch of 5 thousand tonnes of Egyptian potatoes has been shipped and will be distributed in a number of provinces. A source from the Ministry of Commerce has reported that the[Read More…]

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US approves 3 more types of Simplot GMO potatoes for sale this year

The federal government has given the final OK to three more types of potatoes genetically engineered by Boise’s J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine. They are safe for the environment and safe to eat, officials announced. The approvals by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration last month mean Simplot is[Read More…]

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UK: Isle of Ely Produce ventures into fresh washed potatoes

Traditionally known for processed potatoes for the food service industry and fish and chip sector, UK company Isle of Ely Produce, have ventured into the world of fresh washed potatoes. According to Oliver Boutwood, Commercial Director at the company, “Under the Oliver brand we do boxed baker potatoes and salad potatoes.” This is not a new innovation, there are a[Read More…]

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UK: Potato grower Isle of Ely Produce enters pre pack market

Cambridgeshire potato grower Isle of Ely Produce has launched a new brand aimed at foodservice and catering suppliers to mark its entrance into the pre pack market. Named Oliver’s, after commercial director Oliver Boutwood, the brand comes as Isle of Ely recently invested in a new pre packing line. The firm, which exhibited at Fruit Logistica for the first time last week,[Read More…]

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Canada: Red-skinned potato varieties lead selections by breeders

Red-skinned potatoes are sure to be on the minds and menus of many after remarkable results shown by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s selections this year. Red-skinned varieties made up half of the total selections AAFC breeders released to industry during the annual Potato Selection Release Open House on Wednesday. For the first time, the program will unveil a multi-purpose red-skinned selection, showing[Read More…]

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Tanzania: Are these the climate-smart potatoes?

Situated in the Northeast of the country, the district of Lushoto is part of the so called highlands of Tanzania where potatoes are traditionally grown. Due to heat and lack of resilient potato varieties, farmers would lose all the crop especially when they grow the local variety called Kidinya which is extremely susceptible to Late Blight disease. To address these[Read More…]

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The Debunker: Are Most Nutrients in a Potato Really Found in the Skin?

Great news, everyone – the Idaho Potato Commission has named February as its official Potato Lovers’ Month! In the commission’s own words, this is a time to “explore Idaho® Potato versatility from a different and exciting angle.” Some of us in the other forty-nine states sadly don’t get to take all of Potato Lovers’ Month off work, like they probably[Read More…]

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US: Volm Companies’ Matt Alexander Talks Light-Blocker Half-N-Half® Bags

One of the many goals I have seen across the board in fresh produce, is the mission to find better ways to extend shelf-life through innovation. When it comes to the potato category, Volm Companies has retailers covered with its Light-Blocker Half-N-Half® Bags. Matt Alexander, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, joined me to discuss the highlights of Volm’s technology and what[Read More…]

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Canada: Little Potato Company chooses Linkfresh solution

The Little Potato Co, based in Edmonton in the western province of Alberta in Canada, has chosen Linkfresh Inc. to provide its enterprise resource planning system. The 25-user Microsoft Dynamics Nav Linkfresh ERP solution will give the Little Potato Co. capabilities that include integrated solutions for forecasting, finance, purchasing, sales, grading and production, according to a news release. “The Linkfresh ERP solution will[Read More…]

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Australia: Fast growing fresh cut potato market

The Australian potato industry has been suffering from a short supply recently, but according to reports this week things are about to improve as the crop comes on line. South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales were significantly affected but Queensland got off a bit lighter. According to Kerri Lamb from Wickham Farms, “we are farmers, we just persevere. We are[Read More…]

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Pakistan: Optimism about potato exports

AS potato harvesting and exports gain momentum, farmers from central Punjab’s potato belt expect 20pc additional yield and better exports this year. Officials have set a target of 3.6m tonnes from just over 400,000 acres sown this season, while farmers think that the production can go up to 4.3m tonnes. In view of the expected output, growers worry that the current price[Read More…]

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US: Shore potato growers hope for better prices

The bulk of potato shipments from Virginia’s Eastern Shore are chip-stock potatoes, and the 2017 market is looking up for growers of the variety. Potatoes constitute a small but substantial share of cropland on the peninsula, and nearly 30 farmers gathered recently to hear the 2017 market outlook during the annual Eastern Shore Agricultural Conference and Trade Show in Melfa. “Most of[Read More…]

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‘Don’t blame the spud!’: Nutritionist speaks up in defence of the potato

When it comes to weight gain, many people put the blame for extra kilograms on carbohydrates. Going gluten free has become popular in recent years, with the focus initially on cutting out pasta, rice and bread. When that doesn’t work, many cut out potatoes as well, according to Australian sports nutritionist Abby Shaw. Ms Shaw wrote in Nine Coach that many of her clients cut[Read More…]

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US: Bushmans’ potato program faring well despite challenges

With supplies running short, some Wisconsin red potato shippers approached mid-January filling orders with spuds purchased from elsewhere. But grower-shipper Bushmans’ Inc. was still shipping from its own storage, Mike Carter, chief executive officer, said. Bushmans’ red potatoes “are holding well and the quality is good. We are not shipping from outside packing plants.” He acknowledged that Wisconsin’s red potato crop[Read More…]

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US: Associated Growers sees mixed results for the red potato market

“For the growers that had potatoes, it will be a decent year,” said Paul Dolan, the manager of Associated Potato Growers Inc. Having potatoes if you’re a Red River Valley grower wasn’t necessarily a given for the 2016 crop. The river valley that runs between North Dakota and Minnesota was plagued by rain in the fall and then more rain — and[Read More…]

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UK: Manor Fresh potato supplier sees growth in 2017

Newly filed results for Manor Fresh, a potato supplier, revealed turnover topped £60.3m for the year to 30 April 2016, compared to £57.1m a year earlier. Pre-tax profit also increased to £1.6m from £1.4m. The company upgraded its potato packing facility in Spalding in its 2014/15 financial year and has continued to invest in people and processes, which it said “contributed[Read More…]

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UK: Morrisons buys Farmcare potato operations

Morrisons has acquired Farmcare’s Carnoustie potato packhouse in a deal that will see Farmcare supply the retailer with potatoes and other products. The news comes as Farmcare announced last year that the Carnoustie site had entered a period of consultation with staff after a significant packing contract was not renewed. The purchase also boosts Morrisons’ UK food manufacturing sites to 17, while[Read More…]

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US: Gloomy outlook for potatoes

“We are coming out of a season with superb growing conditions in Idaho and Washington state,” says Marc Turner with Bushwick Commission Company. Idaho sets the tone as it is the largest growing state. “Because of great yields and high quality, everyone in the industry is now working with oversupply and low prices,” Turner added. “Going into the new season,[Read More…]

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Europe: Potato harvest goes directly to the supermarkets

Selling potatoes, but differently. No bags of 2.5 or 5 kilogram but, as with nuts, getting your preferred portions from the tap of a dispenser system. It is a solution that shortens the distance from harvest to supermarket. In Northern Europe, this system is very successful in supermarkets, according to Olaf ter Haar. He supports this innovation for the Enterprise[Read More…]

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CONPAPA: ‘Mexico won’t import fresh potatoes from the United States’

CONPAPA (National Confederation of Potato Producers of Mexico) did not allow the market opening sought by potato producers from the US because they haven’t met some of the plant health requirements stipulated by law regarding potato imports, reports Debate.com.mx. According to federal authorities in Mexico, 43 diseases of quarantine importance, have been detected in the US. In that sense, the president of[Read More…]

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Schmieding Produce launches new 100-calorie Skinny Potatoes

According to research from PaleoLeap, the average weight gain between Thanksgiving and Christmas is 3.5 pounds, but overweight people gain an average of 5 to 10 pounds during this time frame. January is a key month for Americans to lose weight. “We are extremely excited about the launch of our new 100 Calorie- Skinny potato product next week,” says Scott McDulin-[Read More…]

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Niche potatoes boost potato demand in Sweden

Potato demand in Sweden has been on the rise in the last two years, despite seeing some setbacks in 2010/11 when reports about the GI (Glycemic Index) were flooding the news, causing consumers to think twice about how potatoes fit into a healthy lifestyle. “It was really tough there for a while when all of the GI reports came out,[Read More…]

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US: Progress made on Mexican potato access

Potatoes USA officials say an “important and very positive step” has been taken in the industry’s 15-year effort to gain access to all of Mexico for fresh U.S. potato shipments. Precisely how significant the development will prove to be remains to be seen. U.S. potato exports to Mexico have been allowed only within 16 miles of the U.S. border, except[Read More…]

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