European farmers concerned about looming CIPC ban

According to a report by the Spanish news publication Agrodigital, there are mounting concern among European growers that the commonly used sprout inhibitor Chlorpropham (CIPC) might be banned. CIPC was approved for use on potatoes in longterm storage during the 2018/19 production season, but there is wide concern that it will not be approved for the next storage season. The[Read[Read More…]

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The Good Crisp Company receives investment boost

The Good Crisp Company, a brand of guilt free stacked chips, recently announced the closing of a new round of financing from CircleUp Growth Partners, a leading venture fund for innovative early-stage consumer brands.  Spurred by consumer demand for simpler, cleaner ingredients, The Good Crisp Company is taking on the $8 billion potato chip market with its line of stacked[Read[Read More…]

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200-year-old Canadian potato farming business to leave the industry

A Prince Edward Island family-owned farm operation in Canada, Eric C. Robinson Inc., is closing the potato growing and packaging portion of its farming division to focus on the soybeans, forage and barley it already produces.  The company also owns Island Lime, P.E.I. Agromart and Garden Isle Farms on Prince Edward Island on the east coast of Canada. These will not be[Read[Read More…]

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Irish Farmers’ Association issues potato market update

The IFA says there is a slight lull in the market this week as buyers have restocked post-Christmas, and sales have yet to resume to normal patterns. However, due to lower stock levels any grower who wants to move product has no problem doing so. The annual IFA stock survey is now underway and the organization says it should have[Read[Read More…]

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Strong demand for potatoes pushing prices higher, says Wisconsin and Idaho growers

Domestic supplies of potatoes in the US are tight and prices are slightly up. “It’s pretty tight in Wisconsin given the harvest we had. We had a really challenging growing season and an even more challenging harvest season, so supplies are down,” says Andy Diercks of Coloma Farms, Inc. in Coloma, Wi. “What’s available for supplies on the fresh side[Read[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston / Meijer improving soil health in collaboration with European farmers

Improving soil health becomes a top priority for Lamb Weston / Meijer. The manufacturer of potato products intensifies its collaboration with the 600 growers in Europe that supply its potatoes. This is disclosed in its Sustainability Report 2017-2018 which is published today. Last year, Lamb Weston / Meijer added ‘sustainable agriculture’ to its existing six focus areas for sustainability. Close[Read[Read More…]

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Tong announces new next generation Barrel Washer

Tong Engineering has announced its next generation Barrel Washer as the company continues to advance its complete range of vegetable washing solutions. Built with efficiency, reliability and ease of maintenance in mind, Tong’s proven barrel washer design has been enhanced with a number of new and advanced features as standard. Tong’s Blue Inverter Technology continues to play a pivotal role[Read[Read More…]

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New in-furrow fungicide fights potato pink rot in Canada

Syngenta Canada Inc. is launching Orondis Gold Potato fungicide for suppression of pink rot and Pythium leak in potatoes Pink rot is a soil-borne disease that thrives in wet, poorly drained soils and can survive in soil for up to seven years. Just a few infected potatoes entering the storage bin can result in substantial losses, infecting healthy tubers and[Read[Read More…]

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Pakistani exporters eye Chinese potato market

Urging the government to ensure that the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements demanded by the China is met at the earliest, exporters in Paktistan last week cheered the Asian giant’s desire to import Pakistani potatoes. “It is high time to capitalise on the huge potential of the Chinese market,” Abdul Malik, Chairman Pakistan Fruits and Vegetables Importers, Exporters and Merchants[Read[Read More…]

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Clarebout to open new frozen fry production site in Belgium

The potato processing company Clarebout announced its plan to open a new production site in the Economic Activity Zone of Frameries in Belgium. The company is already present in the municipality, operating since 2016 a potato storage and pre-processing center of around 97,000 square feet. Now the firm would like to create a production unit of frozen fries and other[Read[Read More…]

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Netherlands to provide 900,000 Euros for potato impact cluster in Bangladesh

The government of the Netherlands and Dutch businesses have inked an agreement to undertake a “potato impact cluster” project in Bangladesh.  The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and a consortium of Dutch businesses joined hands to share their experience and best practices with potato farmers in Bangladesh to improve supply chain in potato sector of Bangladesh.  An amount of Euro 900,000[Read[Read More…]

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Potato Science Live events to give British growers insight into future technologies

This season’s extended series of Syngenta Potato Science Live events are set to give British growers and agronomists an exciting insight into some of the future technologies designed to enhance the efficiency and profitability of potato crop production. The format of these popular events provides a chance to quiz specialists in new industry agronomy and technology, covering a range of[Read[Read More…]

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Potato scientists unravel genetics of tuber skin and flesh colour

Potato tuber skin and flesh colours are attractive traits for consumers and frequently influence purchase choices. In a new study, scientists of the James Hutton Institute have identified a genetic molecule that regulates the production of anthocyanin, a natural pigment which in turn influences tuber skin and flesh colour. The researchers also identified previously unknown inhibitors of anthocyanin production, offering an[Read[Read More…]

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Crunch time for crisp makers as EU waste targets loom

The European Commission has set an EU-wide objective for all packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2030. But crisp packets are a particular headache for policymakers and the recycling industry because they are so tiny and lightweight. Walkers, Britain’s largest crisp manufacturer, announced in October it was launching a scheme to recycle the 7,000 non-recyclable crisp packets it produces every minute. The[Read[Read More…]

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New NPPGA President discusses challenges facing the potato industry

New Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA) President Donavon Johnson sat down with Red River Farm Network’s Carah Hart to discuss some of the challenges in the potato industry. The conversation took place at the Potato Expo in Austin earlier this month. Watch the video below, or find it on YouTube here You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Canada’s Little Potato Company CEO shares mission, story, recipes

Angela Santiago co-founded The Little Potato Company Ltd. 21 years ago with her father, who missed the delicious little “Creamer” potatoes of his childhood in the Netherlands. Creamer potatoes are bred to be small but packed full of nutrition and big buttery flavor, offering convenience and versatility for today’s busy, sophisticated food lovers. Angela built The Little Potato Company from[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes have a form of ‘depression’

Scientists are trying to revolutionise potatoes and, in the process, cure the tubers’ depression, the result of generations of in-breeding. Potato depression is obviously nothing like human depression, of course. Potatoes reproduce through cloning, so their genome is laden with mutations. Those mutations could result in things such as stunted growth or shorter lifespans. A team of Chinese scientists looked[Read[Read More…]

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New Zealand potato scab expert to visit South Africa to consult

An international expert on powdery scab will visit the Republic of South Africa at the southern tip of the African continent from 12 – 22 February this year to consult with the handful of commercial potato farmers in that country. Professor Falloon is a principal scientist at the Plant and Food Research Institute in New Zealand and he is also[Read[Read More…]

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Next issue of the Global Potato News magazine to be published

Dear folks: The first issue of the new print magazine Global Potato News was published in November 2018 with great success – and we are now preparing the editorial for publication of the second issue of the magazine in early February. I am the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, and if you, your company, or perhaps your organization might wish to[Read[Read More…]

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University in India to train farmers in potato processing methods

Giving impetus to its efforts towards helping potato farmers dealing with the current financial crunch in the potato industry, the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is organising a training programme on potato processing techniques from January 29 to 31 this year. This is to teach farmers how to develop several value-added products from potatoes. The department is focusing on low-cost technologies[Read[Read More…]

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