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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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US: Maine's potato universe

Potato-eaters this month are getting a chance to try a new variety that hasn’t been seen in New England before, the result of a partnership between Fryeburg’s Green Thumb Farms and Hannaford Supermarkets. If it works, you may eventually find new kinds of potatoes in a wider range of Maine stores. Mike Hart, director of sales and marketing for Green Thumb Farms[Read More…]

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Key Technology acquires Herbert Solutions

Key Technology, a leading global designer and manufacturer of digital sorting, inspection, conveying and other processing equipment, and a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has acquired Herbert Solutions, enhancing its portfolio of potato and vegetable equipment solutions. Herbert has established itself as a leader in serving the root crop and fresh produce markets with an assortment of[Read More…]

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EU COOL rules can be difficult to sort through

An access to information and privacy request acquired by The Western Producer shows how complicated the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is to sustain. A Nov. 30, 2018, email between Agriculture Canada staff included a background document on Poland’s move to introduce mandatory country-of-origin labelling for fresh potatoes, despite the Canada-European Union trade deal’s tariff elimination for fresh potatoes. The[Read More…]

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Potandon’s Gabriel Boldt talks about the current ‘state of the pile’ for potatoes

From planting time through harvest, 2019 presented some difficult challenges for growers for potatoes and many other crops in the state of Idaho and across the country, according to Gabriel Boldt, potato variety operations manager at Potandon Produce LLC in Idaho Falls, ID, the nation’s largest shipper of table stock potatoes. This year, “the whole United States has been affected[Read More…]

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Analyst Insight: How tight does the British potato market look?

This autumn has been the wettest across England since 2000 and the fifth wettest on record. These conditions have hampered lifting across GB, with progress particularly slow in Yorkshire and the North of England. What impact might this have on supply levels for the coming season? Much depends on the sector, as Aidan Wright, Analyst at AHDB explains in this[Read More…]

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Morrisons turns to Brillopak to improve potato packing

Morrisons fresh produce depot in Rushden, Northamptonshire has installed two automated Brillopak UniPaker crate loading potato cells. Brillopak said that the installation is believed to be Europe’s first single pick potato packing cell and can run at speeds of 75 packs per minute. Designed to improve product handling, minimise waste and enhance the presentation of pre-packed potatoes for the 11[Read More…]

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UK: Shoppers urged to buy ‘less-than-gorgeous’ potatoes from flood-hit producers

Bags of potatoes grown by flood-hit producers are carrying special blue stickers to encourage shoppers to buy them despite their less-than-perfect appearance. Potato growers – mainly those in Lincolnshire, Norfolk and parts of Yorkshire – have been badly hit by crop damage after suffering the worst flooding since 2012. Tesco said it will sell packs of potatoes grown in the[Read More…]

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Brief overview of the health benefits of potatoes

A potato is one vegetable which is available in abundance throughout the year in many countries around the world. It is usually cheap. Potatoes are not only tasty and enjoyed best as a fry, but it has several health benefits as well. In this article published by Republic World, writer Shrishaila Bhandary  provide a brief list of the known and proven health[Read More…]

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China: Nice weather boosts struggling potato industry

According to a recent GAIN report (USDA), potato farmers in China are expected to reap a bumper harvest, with fresh potato production increasing by 5 percent year on year in marketing year 2019/20. Favorable weather in key growing regions will boost China’s processed potato production, particularly in the fast-growing area of frozen french fries. China’s additional tariffs on U.S. processed[Read More…]

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Weather issues affect US potato crops

Weather issues during the 2019 growing and harvest season had potato prices soaring during the pre-holiday period, with little change expected after the first of the year, marketers said. A hard freeze swept into Idaho in October and affected some of the crop, although most spuds across the state had come out of the ground by then, said Ross Johnson,[Read More…]

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Wada Farms organic programs continue to grow

With demand for organically-grown produce continuing to increase, Wada Farm Marketing Group LLC in Idaho Falls, ID, made a commitment several years ago to greatly expand its organic offerings across all of its product lines. That effort is ongoing, as the company continues not only to increase its volume of organic products but also to extend availability, with a goal[Read More…]

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US: Varietals, organics continue to spice up potato business

A potato isn’t just a potato, particularly now, with new varieties and organics coming on, marketers say. “Everyone is looking for category growth, and that is coming from specialty and organic offerings,” said Scott Leimkuhler, vice president with Los Angeles-based Progressive Produce LLC in Walla Walla, Wash. Large size packs on russets (10s and 15s) are decreasing in popularity, as consumers are[Read More…]

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