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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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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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Say Ciao! to Idaho Potato Commission’s display contest

The Idaho Potato Commission is sending a lucky produce manager to Italy as part of its 2020 Potato Lover’s Month Display Contest. Every entry in the upcoming contest, February through the end of March, is entered to win a week-long Italian vacation, with the total payout in prizes at more than $150,000. The contest cross-merchandises Idaho potatoes, Hormel Bacon Toppings and Fresh Gourmet products. Point-of-sale materials[Read More…]

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New head of potato exports joins AHDB

The former head of Seafood Scotland has joined the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to lead on exports for the potato sector. Patrick Hughes has taken on the role of head of Potato Export Development, which will see him work with UK exporters to both maintain the current market position while also exploring further opportunities overseas. In his previous[Read More…]

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National Potato Council updates trade situations with Japan, Mexico and China

President Donald Trump formally signed the U.S.-Japan-Free Trade Agreement on Oct. 6. This agreement locks in tariff benefits with Japan that were previously negotiated under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement but lost when the U.S. failed to ratify it. According to Jared Balcom, grower in Pasco, Washington, and VP of trade affairs for the National Potato Council, “We’re extremely pleased that[Read More…]

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World Potato Congress Inc. announces new Director

World Potato Congress President, Romain Cools is pleased to announce Mr. Greg Donald has joined its Board of Directors. Greg Donald has been the General Manager of the PEI Potato Board since 2009. The PEI Potato Board represents PEI potato producers working together to ensure long term profitability and sustainability through marketing, advocating, negotiation and activities that support quality potato production. [Read More…]

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EU to challenge Colombia at WTO to protect Belgium fries

The European Union will file a complaint at the World Trade Organization against Colombia over duties imposed on imports of frozen potato fries, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Monday. Colombia imposed anti-dumping duties of up to 8% in November 2018 on frozen fries from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany after complaining that the prices of these imports were[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission doubles up to push message at event

The Produce News reports that when Idaho Potato Commission representatives encounter customers for their product at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit, they have a singular message: continue to stock and promote Idaho potatoes as the premium potato in the category. The trade commodity group uses multiple vehicles to hammer home this message. The organization will have a large booth[Read More…]

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South African potato industry ready to broaden its horizons

The South African potato industry, which competes in yield and quality with the best in the world, is keen to explore the prospects of increased global trade in potatoes, according to a report published by FreshPlaza. Currently 20 to 25% of South African potato production goes for processing (mostly crisps and French fries) but that is a segment Potatoes South[Read More…]

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Fight lost to keep potato mop top virus out of New Zealand

The fight to wipe out a potato disease from New Zealand has been lost, according to a report published by Rural News in that country. Biosecurity NZ and Potatoes NZ have reportedly ceased their joint eradication response to Potato mop-top virus (PMTV). The industry says it will now be taking the lead on long-term management of the disease. PMTV was[Read More…]

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Analyst Insight: No deal Brexit in the fresh chipping sector

The fresh chipping sector makes up c.12% of total potato production in Great Britain. The market follows season trends with demand driven by chip shop footfall throughout the year, according to AHDB’s Aidan Wright. While most of the crop is utilised domestically a steady stream of exports to the Republic of Ireland (ROI) provides an underlying support to the market,[Read More…]

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US potato farmers seek new trade deal with Mexico to ‘level the playing field’

Potato farmers are asking U.S. agricultural officials for support in expanding export trade into Mexico, writes Noi Mahoney in Freight Waves. Currently, American potato farmers and exporters are mostly barred from selling fresh potatoes in Mexico due to restrictions by the Mexican government, namely that U.S. growers can only sell fresh potatoes within a 26-kilometer (about 16-mile) zone across the[Read More…]

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CEO of NPC: ‘We are standing up for potatoes on Capitol Hill’

Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council (NPC) in the US spoke Aug. 30 at the Idaho Grower Shippers Association convention, outlining policy work on trade and nutrition this year. According to an article by Tom Karst of The Packer magazine, he told the 300-plus convention attendees: “Typically when folks get a little frustrated with some of the things[Read More…]

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Fruit Logistica Asia Trade Show: ‘We are set on exporting potatoes to the world’, says CEO of Potatoes South Africa

There will be no rotten potatoes today as South African companies are set to participate in the 2019 Fruit Logistica Asia Trade Show that gets underway in Hong Kong today. According to a report published by Bizcommunity, the CEO of industry body Potatoes South Africa, Dr Andre Jooste, said the company’s participation in the show is driven by China’s previous[Read More…]

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New campaign recognizes Idaho potato farmers

Many say potatoes put Idaho on the map. The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) doesn’t disagree, but likes to say potatoes and their dedicated growers put Idaho on the map. The Produce News reports that recently, the IPC created a social media campaign, Thank a Farmer, to introduce the women and men who work tirelessly year-round and often around the clock[Read More…]

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CIP research benefitted more than 7 million households during 2013 – 2018

The International Potato Center (CIP), based in Lima, Peru says in its recently released Annual Report that between 2013-2018, research for development by CIP has benefitted more than 7 million households. In the foreword to the Report, Barbara H Wells (Director General) and Rodney Cooke (Chair, Board of Trustees) say innovative technologies and dynamic markets can offer women and young[Read More…]

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Pictorial: CIP and Peru join forces to honour potatoes at Beijing horticultural expo event

The “International Potato Center and Peru Joint Honorary Day” theme event was held today as part of the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition in Yanqing District in Beijing, the capital of China. Xinhuanet published a number of pictures on its website related to the event. We re-publish some of these below. Source: Xinhuanet. Editor: Li Xia. Photo credits: Xinhua/Ju Huanzong

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