So, what’s for supper tonight?

“June 6th 2018, fifteen years on from Atkins, 8.00 pm. Baked potato, butter and beans at the ready I sit down to watch The Truth About Carbs on the BBC, yes the BBC – the bastion of balanced journalism!” Says Rob Clayton, Strategy Director with AHDB Potatoes in the UK: “What followed was a hair-raising hour of Keto diets, unfathomable equations about[Read[Read More…]

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Role of inoculum source on Rhizoctonia disease development

Understanding the contribution of seed tuber- and soilborne inoculum of Rhizoctonia solani AG 3-PT in causing black scurf disease epidemics is an important step in implementing effective management strategies for the pathogen, according to potato specialists in the potato producing country of South Africa, one of the biggest producers of potatoes on that continent. According to team lead, Prof Jacquie vanderWaals at the University[Read[Read More…]

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An app to smartly identify plant pests and diseases

Modern technology put to practical use for potato growers: A smartphone app (now also available online) developed by The James Hutton Institute in Scotland can help with disease identification in the field. Identifying potato diseases can be complex and difficult, as most potato growers and even experienced agronomists know very well. Enters a smartphone application developed in Scotland to ease the identification of potato[Read[Read More…]

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New technology to boost quality of processed potatoes

Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology has become a buzz term in the potato processing industry the past few years. This new technology is said to improve the overall quality and safety of processed potato products, and to optimise process efficiency, whilst reducing energy costs associated with the processing of potatoes. But what exactly is PEF? Mark de Boevere, Managing Director of European based Pulsemaster[Read[Read More…]

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Agrico showcases new late blight resistant potatoes

“This is my 30th season at Agrico, but I have never experienced something like this.” That is how Jan van Hoogen opened the annual varieties and seedlings presentation at the Agrico Research’s breeding and research station in the Netherlands last week. The Managing Director of Agrico was referring to the driest summer and autumn since 1976. “This is having a[Read[Read More…]

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US potato exports down: Retaliatory tariffs blamed

The first quarter of the July 2018 – June 2019 marketing year saw significant declines in U.S. potato exports compared to the same time frame the previous marketing year. In a press release issued earlier today, Potatoes USA says the volume of frozen potato product exports dropped 6%, with values down 5%. Dehy export volume and value are both down[Read[Read More…]

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Scientists discover new virus infecting potatoes

A new species of the genus Potyvirus infecting potatoes was discovered by scientists working at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) in Edinburgh. In a recent scientific paper they are proposing the name “Potato yellow blotch virus” (PYBV) to identify the virus in future. It was discovered in a potato breeding line. Plants infected by the virus show isolated yellow blotches on the leaves.[Read[Read More…]

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New faces at Potatoes New Zealand

Potatoes New Zealand is the official organization representing potato growers’ interests in that country. Chris Claridge functions as Chief Executive of the organization. Earlier this year, he announced that two new staff members joined Potatoes New Zealand: Iain Kirkwood and Gemma Carroll. Iain Kirkwood has a strong career background in potatoes having spent over 30 years in the industry working[Read[Read More…]

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Aviko to close potato specialties plant in Germany

Potato processor Aviko, a Royal Cosun company, has decided to terminate operations at its factory in Oberdolling  in Germany. The Amberger factory will be closed before the end of the year. Aviko acquired a 60 percent stake in the Amberger factory in 2014 from the former owners, the Amberger family. Aviko acquired full ownership in 2017. The facility produces local potato[Read[Read More…]

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Specialty potato brand in the US launches new campaign

Tasteful Selections, a specialty potato brand from RPE Inc. in the US launched the fourth quarter of its yearlong “Fresh Campaign” on November 5. The campaign aims to provide insights and inspiration revolving around healthy, nutritious recipes and kitchen tips for more confident meal preparation, the company says. “Tasteful Selections’ best-quality “bite-size” potatoes transform everyday meals into family favorites by[Read[Read More…]

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Potato plantings by variety in Great Britain in 2018

The revised estimate for the total 2018 potato planted area in GB is 117.3Kha, down 4.4% from the 2017 area of 122.8Kha, acccording to statistics released by AHDB Potatoes yesterday. The updated value is 2.1Kha below the first August estimate (119.4Kha). The revised estimate represents the GB area covered by over 90% of producers, and reflects both lasts years high[Read[Read More…]

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Non-GMO Project organization adds Simplot potato to its “High-Risk” list

The so-called Non-GMO Project in North America yesterday (Oct 31, 2018) added the Innate potato developed by J.R. Simplot Company to its list of “High-Risk” crops. In a press release, the organization says the potato has been added to the High-Risk list of the Non-GMO Project Standard because a GMO potato variety is now “widely commercially available” in the United States. In the press[Read[Read More…]

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Convenience trend: New potato product line ready to “heat and eat”

A new potato line, the Perfect Potatoâ„¢, is now available in the US from Robinson Fresh® and Albert Bartlett. This product line is said to answer a consumer demand for a flavorful staple with convenient packaging that requires no prep work and is ready to heat and eat. Bite-sized creamer potatoes are grown in California, triple washed and dried. The Perfect Potato line includes bite-sized pre-washed[Read[Read More…]

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Expert opinion on waste reduction, challenges facing potato processing industry

As TOMRA ships its 200th steam peeler from a state of the art processing facility in Slovakia, the company’s  Market Manager Peeling, Eamonn Cullen, take a look at the impact steam peeling has on profitability and waste reduction in the potato processing industry. In an extensive article published on TOMRA’s website, Cullen discusses a wide range of topics related to steam peeling[Read[Read More…]

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New study: The key to human evolution may be… potatoes?

There’s been good news for potato lovers this week, with new research linking starchy food with humanity’s ascent to the top of the food chain. Science has finally gotten behind everyone’s favourite root vegetable. New research conducted by the University of Sydney has linked a certain gene with starch digestion, metabolism, gut microbiome, methane production and, ultimately, increase in brain size during[Read[Read More…]

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Japan’s Calbee admits mistake in Philippine JV partner

Japanese snack producer Calbee admitted that it made a mistake in choosing rival Universal Robina as partner for its failed Philippines potato chip joint venture, but said it would now focus on Indonesia and China to build on its presence in the region. “Universal Robina has its own brand, with the same salesmen dealing with both labels,” Makoto Ehara, executive vice president of[Read[Read More…]

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Important potato fungicide Mancozeb to be banned in Canada?

Health Canada’s leading pesticide regulator is taking another look at its decision to ban a popular fungicide called Mancozeb that is used by many fruit and vegetable growers, including potato growers, after the agency admitted its initial review banning the chemical was incomplete. Multiple industry sources have confirmed officials from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) told them in a meeting[Read[Read More…]

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Innovation: One step and these spuds are done

Steve Ottum, owner and chief operating officer of Potandon Produce, and Carter Bray, director of marketing and new product innovation, showed off the company’s newest product, One Step … Done! microwaveable potatoes, at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit 2018. The line, launched at Fresh Summit, comes in five flavors – some with red potatoes, some with white – and[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes USA showcases potato ingredient functionality

Food manufacturers are in search of functional, clean-label ingredients that deliver both improved product experience (taste, texture, color, freshness) as well as nutritional benefits. Over one hundred research and development chefs and product formulators gathered at the 11th annual Food Evolution Summit, held in San Diego September 24-26, to learn about and discuss trends and innovations in product formulation. Attendees[Read[Read More…]

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Seed farm to bring new varieties to fields

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board in Canada is using its seed farm in Fox Island on the Island to get new varieties into grower fields quickly and safely. Seed potatoes start in the lab as plantlets grown from tissue culture. They spend the summer in a screen house, before being harvested in the fall. “The priority is to keep everything clean[Read[Read More…]

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Summer drought to shrink supplies of French spuds

It’s harvest time and the chips are down for potato producers in northern France where a long summer drought could see French spuds shrink in size and volume. The potatoes “first lacked water and then when rain fell in July started growing anew” which means the original plants lost starch and gained too much water, spoiling them, said Regis Dumont, a[Read[Read More…]

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Canada’s Little Potato Company revamps packaging

The Little Potato Company, with headquarters in western Canada, is a specialist provider of so-called creamer (small/baby) potato varieties. Driven by consumer feedback, the brand’s Microwave Ready and Oven|Grill Ready Kits have gotten a fresh look, more functional packaging and two new flavors. With a bold new look, the packaging boasts greater functionality; a “freshness” window showcases the fresh Creamer potatoes and enclosed seasoning[Read[Read More…]

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The potato croquette that is taking Japan by storm

“Korokke” (potato croquette) is a rather common home cooked dish in Japan, writes our correspondent in that country, Mariko Kihira. Mashed potatoes form the base ingredient of the croquet, and after minced meat and cooked or caramelized onions are added, it is formed into an oval shape, battered with flour, egg and breadcrumbs and then deep fried. One brand  of[Read[Read More…]

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Innovation: Get ready for the new biodegradable “potato plastic”

Several million tonnes of plastic waste pollute the environment every year, and disposable or single-use plastic is a significant contributor to the problem. In response, a student from Gothenburg in Sweden has been able to find the solution to the problem with “Potato Plastic”, an environmentally-friendly, biodegradable alternative to the use of disposable plastic in the fast-food industry – anything[Read[Read More…]

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New harvester from Dewulf to celebrate 30th anniversary of the R3060 machine

Potato- and root crop manufacturer Dewulf says it has now launched the RA3060 Essential, a standard configuration of its acclaimed self-propelled 2-row sieving harvester. in a press release the company says “This variant of the R3060 is being produced in celebration of the 30th anniversary of this machine. The manufacturer has combined decades of experience building the R3060 with feedback from[Read[Read More…]

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