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Rough fall weather in the US leads to strong winter market for potatoes

Rough weather during the U.S. potato harvest last fall continues to shake up the markets well into 2020, marketers say. “Overall, the market is elevated due to several weather-related issues across the country during fall harvest,” said Rachel Atkinson-Leach, category and brand manager for Russet Potato Exchange Inc., Bancroft, Wis. Recent prices seemed to support that contention, with year-on-year prices[Read More…]

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Marais Group in France to introduce 'eco-responsible' packaging for Noirmoutier potatoes

The Marais Group, a producer, packer and shipper of fresh vegetables in France, announced that it will be introducing several innovations in the area of ‘eco-responsible’ packaging. The company says it will be using ‘eco-friendly’ wooden and cardboard packaging for the next Noirmoutier potato harvest at the end of February. According to a press release, the company changed packaging as[Read More…]

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Italian novelty products: Crunchy potatoes with zero residues

Two highly innovative Italian potato products are making their debut on the market – Zero Hero, the certified zero residue potato, and Fornatine, selected potatoes to be baked in the oven but crispy just like fried ones, FreshPlaza reports. These products have already aroused the interest of both Italian and foreign operators in the sector, as well as producers, buyers[Read More…]

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Belgian marketer: 'We must make potatoes sexier and more popular'

Potatoes have been becoming less popular for a while now. That is a shame, thinks Geoffrey Delbaere of the Belgian company, Warnez. “It is such a versatile, sustainable, healthy product. It should be considered a superfood. That is why it is important that we not let it fall by the wayside,” Geoffrey told FreshPlaza. “We must make potatoes sexier and[Read More…]

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16th International Berlin Potato Evening: 'We need to regain trust and talk to people proactively'

Almost 500 guests from more than 15 countries and around 200 companies and institutions took part in the 16th edition of the International Berlin Potato Evening this week, FreshPlaza reports. In addition to the regular regular guests, many new and especially young participants found their way to the ballroom of the Hilton Berlin to enjoy an evening dedicated entirely to[Read More…]

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Wilcox Fresh to roll out a new gold-fleshed russet potato variety

Wilcox Fresh in Rexburg, Idaho, is rolling out a new potato variety, a gold-fleshed russet, which the company plans to feature at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure 2020 expo in Tampa, The Produce News reports. “We have a new variety of potato we are marketing,” said Derek Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing at Wilcox. “On the outside,[Read More…]

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US potato market specialist: '2019 could be a year to remember'

2019 could end up being a year that Idaho potato growers talk about for a long time. “This is going to be a year to remember,” Bruce Huffaker, president of North American Potato Market News, said Dec. 10 during University of Idaho’s “Idaho Ag Outlook Seminar.” Potato production in Idaho and around the U.S. is down this year and that[Read More…]

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Potato prices in Ireland: Drop in some varieties

Potato prices have fallen back in the past week according to the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) Potato Market Report for February 6. The average price being paid for a 10kg bag of Roosters and a 10kg bag of Kerr’s Pinks has fallen by 30c and 25c respectively in the past two weeks. The average price for boxes of Roosters and[Read More…]

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Wada Farms sees some of the best quality Colorado potatoes ever

Five months into the shipping season, Michele Peterson, who heads the Colorado sales office of Idaho Falls-based Wada Farms Marketing Group, was seeing the quality of the 2019 potato harvest in Colorado’s San Luis Valley measure up to her expectations. On Aug. 15, one week before the anticipated start date, Peterson told The Produce News that based on test digs “the quality[Read More…]

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UK: Produce Investments withdraws from Linwood Crops

Produce Investments (PIL) has agreed to sell all its shares in Linwood Crops (LCL) back to the potato marketing firm.  The chief executive of Produce Investments’ Angus Armstrong said: “Having supported the new venture back in 2016, both parties feel that now is the right time for the LCL team to take full control and for PIL to exit the[Read More…]

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Good news for the US potato industry

The final day of the Southern Rocky Mountain Ag Conference brought a focus on the potato. John Lundeen, Research Director for Potatoes USA, provided insight into just how large the market of the popular vegetable is. He began by noting that the potato is rated as America’s number one vegetable. Also, the nation’s most popular side dish is the French[Read More…]

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Potatoes: Dollar sales and volume sales by quarter

Potatoes may not be as appreciated on Instagram as other vegetables, but they rank high in a more critical popularity contest – sales. Eighty-six percent of households buy potatoes each year, according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s year-end report on 2018. Volume sales that year totaled more than 4.6 billion pounds, making potatoes the top vegetable as far as[Read[Read More…]

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Bord Bia, CNIPT, Europatat and VLAM join forces to promote the consumption of fresh potatoes among European millennials

CNIPT, Bord Bia, Europatat and VLAM have launched an inspiring campaign under the title “Potatoes, prepare to be surprised – Europe’s favourite since 1536”. The joint initiative, which is co-financed by the European Commission under the EU Promotion policy, will run from January 2020 to December 2022 and will encourage the consumption of fresh potatoes among millennials in Flanders (Belgium),[Read More…]

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UK: Potatoes and parsnips ‘grow on trees’

One in 20 British adults believes potatoes grow on trees and 37% believe apples are a tropical fruit, The Press and Journal reports. Those were some of the findings from a survey of 2,000 adults, commissioned by the Mushroom Bureau – an organisation which promotes freshly-grown mushrooms in Britain. The survey also found 15% believe mushrooms grow underground, 7% believe[Read More…]

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USDA: Fresh potatoes are part of the trade deal with China

According to the official trade text, the USDA and China will sign and implement phytosanitary protocols allowing American fresh potato imports into China for processing. The signing ceremony was essentially a commitment to open the market by February 24th. While the potato industry is happy with the language, they understand it’s not a done deal at this point.  Matt Lantz,[Read More…]

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Hot potatoes: Industry leaders in the US see opportunities for crop

Demand is so high for U.S. potatoes that the industry cannot keep up, several speakers said during the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference, according to a report published by Capital Press. “We’ve put a lot of processing plants in, but we’re still losing market share,” said  Blair Richardson, CEO for Potatoes USA. The U.S. industry used to have more than 50% of[Read More…]

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Report: North Dakota fresh market potato cultivar/selection trial results for 2019

Andy Robinson, Extension Potato Agronomist, NDSU/University of Minnesota, Eric Brandvik, Research Specalist, NDSU; and Peter Ihry, Agriculture Technician, NDSU compiled this report. They say potato cultivars or selections included in the report were selected from recently released cultivars or from advancing selections with release potential (numbered lines progressing through the trial process), or cultivars that are new to the US.[Read More…]

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New MountainKing merchandising program focuses on baby potatoes

As sales of baby Golds, Reds and Medley potatoes continue to climb, MountainKing is embarking on an aggressive program to provide its retail partners with turnkey, display-ready options aimed at driving sales of the smaller, pre-sized variety.  â€œSmall potatoes are under-promoted and under-merchandised,” says MountainKing vice president of sales and marketing.  “We’re working to change that narrative in a big[Read More…]

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Lidl introduces Ireland's first 100% compostable bag for potatoes

Lidl Ireland has introduced the first fully compostable potato bag in the country, in conjunction with Meade Potato Company. The two-kilogramme packs of Meade White Potatoes feature packaging made from FSC-certified sustainable paper, strengthened with starch. The net in the bag is made of corn starch, while the printing uses water-based ink. CSR manager in Lidl Ireland, Ciara Sheehan, commented, “As[Read More…]

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North America: No need for potato panic – yet

Most of us love fries and chips. Other than people on a ketogenic diet, most diets don’t discriminate against the mighty potato. It’s even in Canada’s newest food guide. Most dishes using potatoes are loved by Canadians, especially in the wintertime, when colder weather encourages us to seek out more hearty meals. But reports suggest that North America is experiencing[Read More…]

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USDA, FDA, EPA launch website to promote ‘science-based’ agriculture biotechnology rules

In recognition of January 2020 as National Biotechnology Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a Unified Website for Biotechnology Regulation [on Jan. 9]. The Website streamlines information about the three regulatory agencies charged with overseeing agriculture biotechnology products and is part President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on Modernizing the[Read More…]

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