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Spuds are value buy, even when prices rise

Michael Hart, sales and marketing director with Green Thumb Farms, says successful potato marketing starts with the right mix of varieties that consumers want. ( Photo courtesy Green Thumb Farms ) Potato prices may be higher this year than last because of tighter supplies, but the product remains a good value, and its versatility certainly hasn’t changed, marketers say. Big,[Read More…]

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Potatoes – a healthy powerhouse for every day

THE humble potato sure does get a bad rep these days, says WA Potatoes clinical nutritionist Carmen Hudson. People have started to fear the potato either because they think they’re high in calories or they are afraid of excessive carbohydrates. But it may come as a surprise to you that the potato has an extensive nutritional profile that shouldn’t be[Read More…]

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Michigan State University growing and selling purple potatoes for chips

“In our breeding efforts we were able to come across some unique potatoes that have actually strong deep purple pigmentations.” David Douches, part of the Potato Breeding Team at Michigan State, says that coloring is thanks to anthocyanin, an antioxidant found in blueberries, grapes and red wine. “So it’s probably healthier for you,” said Douches. “We’re just playing off of[Read More…]

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Expert discusses reported potato shortage in the US

Have you seen the headline claiming there is a french fry shortage across the nation? They said it’s due to cold weather that shortened the harvest season. However, Western Mass News wanted to know if that’s true and how it will impact prices. “Something you grow out in nature, Mother Nature has a lot to do with it,” said Karen[Read More…]

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Good export prospects reported for European finished potato products

The European export of fries increased slightly this past September compared to September 2018. In the 12 months from October to September, the total volume exported by the European Union to third world countries reached 1.64 million tons, which is 5.2% less, due to the lack of availability of products during the recent season, according to a report published by[Read More…]

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USDA report: Potatoes, America’s top vegetable choice

If mashed potatoes wee on your Thanksgiving menu, you were not alone. Potatoes rank number one among vegetables in terms of consumption in the US. In 2017, 49.2 pounds of fresh and processed potatoes per person were available for Americans to eat after adjusting for losses, according to the USDA’s (ERS) loss-adjusted food availability data. The loss-adjusted food availability data[Read More…]

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US potato imports down on the whole, despite gains in several categories

Overall, U.S. potato imports declined slightly during the first quarter (July – September) of the July 2019 – June 2020 marketing year compared to the previous year, dipping 12% in volume and 2% in value. The drop-off in fresh imports over this period—from 77,496 to 50,343 metric tons (MT), a 35% decrease—largely drove the downward trend, overshadowing growth in the[Read More…]

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Chips and fries boost exports of fresh US potatoes

U.S. potato growers shipped 34% more fresh potatoes to Canada from July through September, but they were not destined to be sold as fresh, according to a quarterly report from Potatoes USA. Most were sent to Canadian processors to be turned into frozen products, such as French fries, according to the promotion group’s first-quarter 2019-20 report. Overall exports of fresh potatoes saw[Read More…]

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Potato and onion sales run hot during the holidays in the US

Winter may be dawning during the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday period, but for potato and onion marketers, things are heating up. Both are staple items in all holiday feasts, so they are easy to find and easy for retailers to display, said Lauren Dees, marketing manager with Lake Park, Ga.-based onion grower-shipper Generation Farms. The holiday season is an important marketing and merchandising[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission sees strong spud demand for quality crop

This is a crop that will sell itself. It’s a refrain that Frank Muir has heard more than once since he became president and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission in 2003. But Muir had a message for those in attendance at the Commission’s 2019 Harvest Meeting, hosted Nov. 13 at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center. “Thirteen billion pounds[Read More…]

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Despite the rain, British potato harvest is 89% complete

Due to the success of the harvest and volume of stored crop Christmas roasties and crisps are expected to be safe. However, the challenge for farmers still unable to lift crops due to wet or flooded ground will now be cash flow and the cost of labour while machinery lays idle. Head of Arable Market Intelligence, David Eudall, said: “Farmers[Read More…]

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Weather cuts potato acreage in the US, production dips 6%

Growers have fewer potatoes to sell compared with a year ago but they are getting more money for what they do have. U.S. production of potatoes is down 6% this year, according to the first forecast of the season from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Total production for 2019 is forecast at 422 million cwt., down 6% from 2018, according to the[Read More…]

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Price of Spanish potatoes 35% lower than last year

According to a report published by FreshPlaza, the expansion of the acreage devoted to potato cultivation and the consequent increase in the production, especially in France, has put more pressure on the marketing of Spanish potatoes, whose price remains unchanged at 15 cents per kilo, according to the Council of Agriculture of La Rioja. There were no changes either in[Read More…]

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Video: The life of a potato at Green Thumb Farms in Maine

The video below provides a glimpse at the process of growing, packing, and shipping potatoes at Green Thumb Farms in Maine in the US. Green Thumb Farms grows potatoes, corn, and beans, farming on 2000 acres of rich Saco River Valley in Western Maine since 1965. The video below can also be viewed on YouTube here.

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Britain facing potato shortage after failure to dredge rivers led to flooding, NFU says

According to a report published by The Telegraph, Britain could be facing a potato shortage after failure to dredge rivers led to flooding, the leader of the National Farmers’ Union has said, adding that water has been managed in a “disgraceful” way. Minnette Batters, the NFU president said that she had “never seen so little winter planting in [her] working lifetime”.[Read More…]

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US retail potato sales increased

Retail potato sales increased by 2.6% in dollar value and 1.1% in volume in the July-September quarter, the first of the marketing year. Potatoes USA reported volume increases for chips, frozen and refrigerated potatoes. Dehydrated and canned potatoes, and deli-prepared sides, declined in sales value. Deli dropped slightly in volume. Fresh-potato sales dropped slightly while dollar value rose. Reds dropped[Read More…]

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Potandon to focus on rebranding as the healthy potato company

The focus for Potandon Produce LLC at the New York Produce Show this year will be on the health benefits of potatoes, and particularly of some of Potandon’s proprietary products, according Glen Reynolds, vice president of variety sales and business development for the Idaho Falls, ID-based company. “We are in the process of rebranding our company as The Healthy Potato[Read More…]

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Huckleberry Gold potatoes gaining popularity with consumers

When the New York Times’ food and wine writer waxes poetic about your potato — “Inside the Huckleberry Gold’s purple jacket is a fine-textured potato with rich flavor” — you know you may have a winner on your hands… or at least on the dinner table! The “you” in this case happens to be Agricultural Research Service’s Small Grains and[Read More…]

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Ireland: Potato harvest halted once again; prices stable

The potato harvest has come to a halt once again due to the season’s wet weather. This week, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) estimated that between 50% and 70% of potatoes had been lifted. Farmers got a lot of work done in the early part of last week. However, progress is variable. Some farmers in the north of the country[Read More…]

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