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Neiker creates two new potato varieties of great nutritional value

Potatoes, an essential food in human nutrition, have two new varieties produced by the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, NEIKER-Tecnalia. They are ‘Entzia’ and ‘Miren’, characterised by their great nutritional value and suitability for industrial processing. They are both striking in appearance since ‘Miren’ has a bright yellow flesh and ‘Entzia’ a purple one. Source: See on[Read More…]

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US: Negotiator seeks balance for potato growers, processors

Potato Growers of Washington executive director Dale Lathim negotiates on behalf of potato farmers with processing companies in the Pacific Northwest. For Lathim, the secret to successful negotiations is understanding the other side. The executive director of Potato Growers of Washington is in his 22nd year of negotiating contracts between potato farmers and such processing companies as Lamb Weston, J.R.[Read More…]

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US: Potato industry wins on WIC, but more on to-do list

American potato growers have fought and won what one industry leader calls “a long, lonely battle” to restore the vegetable to the approved list for the government’s Women, Infants and Children program. Now, the industry faces new challenges and opportunities, including marketing spuds to so-called Generation Z, officials said. Marketing spuds to the new generation of Americans, sometimes known as[Read More…]

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UK industry exhibitors report excellent outcomes from Fruit Logistica

Building on the growing success of its collaboration over the past two years, Potato Council and Horticultural Development Company (HDC) brought the largest collaborative UK stand yet to this year’s Fruit Logistica event in Berlin. The event, held this February at Berlin’s Messe, featured 2,785 exhibitors from 83 countries, with AHDB’s Potato Council and HDC joining forces again alongside co-exhibitors[Read More…]

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US: Women, Children and Infants program – and spuds

Potatoes have been discriminated against by the Institute of Medicine for a long time as being not heart healthy. That just changed, to the delight of the potato state’s president and CEO of the Idaho potato commission Frank Muir. More Source: See on – Global Potato News

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Potato Council’s campaign “Cook Your Own Potatoes”, supported by Olympic athlete

Potato Council has added an exciting new dimension to its successful ‘Cook Your Own Potatoes’ project, with the introduction of a fantastic competition offering secondary schools the chance to win a visit from Olympic gymnast, Beth Tweddle MBE. Known as ‘Britain’s greatest ever gymnast’ for her many medal successes, Beth has teamed up with Potato Council to support the Cook[Read More…]

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Canada: P.E.I. Potato Board commissions report in wake of tampering

As its industry dealt with cases of tampering, the P.E.I. Potato Board hired a consultant to look at technology farmers could use to find foreign materials. In a report prepared for the board, Link Consulting said technologies it reviewed add value in reducing risk, but no one technology can remove all possible contaminants. In December the board held a session[Read More…]

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Planting Rooster year in, year out won’t work – potato farmers warned

The market for fresh potatoes in Ireland is in decline and potato farmers are being warned that planting Roosters year in, year out won’t cut it. As the first potatoes go into the ground in Wexford, Teagasc tillage advisor Shay Phelan, says that consumers want ready meals and more versatile food offerings. “As a consequence, potato growers must become more[Read More…]

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UK: Greater focus on processing, seed production

As part of its efforts to develop British seed potato exports, the parent organisation for the Potato Council UK (AHDB), has undergone a re-branding. Robert Burns, Head of Seeds and Export, points out, “We are a young organisation currently on a journey and haven’t quite found out yet what the structure will be. It will probably be an emphasis on[Read More…]

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France: Massive campaign to promote potatoes

The French potato sector is ready to fight with marketing. The massive promotional campaign, created by the Interprofessional National Comittee of French Potato (CNIPT), which will hit consumers on many levels, is about to begin. A three year strategy that foresees the creation of two different marketing programs: one completely devoted to potatoes and the other shared with the whole[Read More…]

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United States Potato Board receives $5 million for the global promotion of US potatoes

The United States Potato Board (USPB) received an allocation of $4,998,892 in program year 2015 Market Access Program (MAP) funds from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) at USDA. These funds will be used by the USPB to promote frozen, dehydrated, chip-stock, table-stock and seed potatoes in over 25 countries around the world. These promotions will be directed at foodservice, ingredient,[Read More…]

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UK: Need for change drilled home at SAC Consulting potato day

If there was a common theme at SAC Consulting potato day at Scone, it was about the need to change. Potato growing simply cannot carry on as before in the face of the real challenge of falling fresh consumption. Dr Stuart Wale, formerly of SAC and now an independent consultant, characterised the 2014 season as a mix of the good,[Read More…]

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Expert: Idaho potato industry has too much capacity

A former Potato Growers of Idaho executive director believes Idaho’s capacity to produce and pack potatoes has outgrown the market, at the expense of growers. Jim Chapman, now retired in Arizona, spoke on the overcapitalization of Idaho’s potato market Jan. 21 during the 47th Annual University of Idaho Potato Conference. “Overcapitalization is when an industry builds more capacity to produce[Read More…]

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Potatoes South Australia to push for national marketing campaign despite industry criticism

Potatoes South Australia has vowed to make a national marketing campaign its 2015 priority despite strong opposition from national industry body AUSVEG. Potatoes SA will ask growers from all states to contribute between $5 million and $8 million for a generic campaign, based on one that the potato industry has supported in Western Australia. Source: See on –[Read More…]

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UK: Potato Council should spend less on R&D, more on promotion, says NFUS

The Potato Council should shift its funding emphasis from research and development to more promotion, NFU Scotland has said. The union was responding to a meeting about the Potato Council’s draft business plan, which includes a proposal to raise the statutory levy on growers and packers. It said that new promotional work highlighting the nutritional and health benefits of potatoes[Read More…]

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India: Dutch government to help Punjab set up a centre for potato

To strengthen potato research, Punjab will set up a Centre of Excellence for Potato in Jalandhar (potato belt) in collaboration with The Netherlands, Shimla-based Central Potato Research Institute and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, with a project cost of Rs 8 crore. Spread over 50 acres, the proposed centre would be fully operational in the next six-eight months and likely to[Read More…]

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National Potato Council has been busy on behalf of US potato growers

The advocate for the economic well-being of U.S. potato growers on federal legislative, regulatory, environmental, and trade issues, the National Potato Council after many years of hard work and dedication finally got the potato back on the approved list for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children or WIC. Believe it or not, all fresh fruits and[Read More…]

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US Potato Growers select 2015 National Potato Council leadership

At the National Potato Council’s (NPC) 2015 Annual Meeting, held January 9-10, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, Dan Lake from Lake Seed, Inc. of Ronan, Montana, was elected to serve as NPC’s president for 2015 and to lead the council’s Executive Committee. Lake is an owner and partner of Lake Seed, Inc. in Ronan, Montana, where he farms with his three[Read More…]

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US: New research is good news for potato lovers

New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) demonstrates that the glycemic index the basis of many popular diets may ultimately not be of high importance to those who already follow a healthful diet. “Proponents of the glycemic index claim that a low-GI diet can reduce risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease” explained Katherine Beals,[Read More…]

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US: Congressional decisions benefit Red River Valley and other potato industry segments

Along with other sectors of the national potato industry, Red River Valley grower-shippers will benefit from the U.S. Senate passing the $1.1 trillion Consolidated & Further Continuing Appropriations Act, which is part of the 2015 spending bill. Ted Kreis, marketing director of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, credits the lobbying work of the National Potato Council staff in Washington,[Read More…]

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Potato Council research ‘vital’ for UK industry

A potato grower says the research work of the Potato Council is “vital” to maintain the UK’s position as a leading producer. The council, a division of crop levy payers group the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, works to make the UK potato industry more sustainable and profitable. It has launched a seven week open consultation on its 2015-18 plan.[Read More…]

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Canada: Prince Edward Island Potato Board elects officers, members

Potato growers on Prince Edward Island elected a new leader for their industry board, selecting Alex Docherty to serve as chairman of the PEI Potato Board. Docherty, who owns and operates Skyeview Farms Ltd. in Elmwood with his family, succeeds Gary Linkletter as chairman. Linkletter served four years in the board’s leadership position, according to a news release. Source:[Read More…]

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Canada: PEI Potato Board increases food tampering information reward to $100,000

On November 10, 2014, the PEI Potato Board offered a reward of up to $50,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for inserting sewing needles into potatoes of Linkletter Farms Ltd. which were destined for human consumption. With new industry contributions, the reward being offered is now $100,000 for information leading[Read More…]

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US: Chip growers invited to USPB Chip Committee meeting

In less than two months the United States Potato Board will hold the Chip Committee Meeting on Wednesday, January 7th in Orlando right before the Potato Expo begins. USPB Manager of Industry Communication and Policy David Fairbourn encourages Chip growers to participate in this event. Source: See on – Global Potato News

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