Pulsemaster has launched a new industrial-scale pulsed electric field system, capable of processing up to 10 tons of food per hour. This technology enhances efficiency, taste, and nutritional value in food processing, particularly potatoes, reducing waste and oil uptake. It also supports sustainability by lowering energy and water use, aligning with global trends. Pulsemaster is set to showcase this breakthrough at Anuga FoodTec 2024, demonstrating its commitment to innovation and sustainability in the food industry.
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The Little Potato Company is investing $39.5 million in a new facility in Nisku, Alberta, aiming to double its processing capacity for seasoned, ready-to-cook potatoes. The Alberta government’s Agri-Processing Investment Tax Credit is facilitating this expansion. Alberta leads in potato production, significantly impacting the economy. The new plant will process 125 million pounds annually, with most products destined for the U.S. market.
Pulsemaster will showcase its latest pulsed electric field (PEF) technology at Anuga FoodTec 2024 from March 19-22 in Cologne, Germany. Managing Director Mark de Boevere will present their new PEF-system for big raw-peeled potatoes, vital for french fries and potato chip quality enhancement. With a focus on the booming healthy snacks market, they’re also developing PEF for dehydrated fruits and vegetables. Pulsemaster’s innovation aligns with clean food trends and has garnered international interest.
Kiremko peels away limitations at Anuga FoodTec: Innovation, sustainability, and your future processing success
Kiremko is set to impress at Anuga FoodTec 2024 with their complete turnkey potato processing solutions, emphasizing sustainability with their “Less is More” approach. As global leaders and partners with Idaho Steel, they offer optimization from peeling to final product. Discover their eco-friendly, innovative equipment and strategic partnership opportunities at their booth in Cologne, Germany, or online.
PepsiCo, navigating tough economic and geopolitical conditions, posted strong 2023 results, particularly in its Frito-Lay North America division, with a 2% and 10% rise in quarterly and annual operating profit, respectively. CEO Ramon Laguarta credits strategic investments and the pep+ agenda for this success. Despite increased costs and organic volume decline, the company is optimistic for 2024, focusing on value-driven products and cost management.
Ecuador is experiencing an agricultural rebirth in the highlands, focusing on native potatoes. With 250,000 tons produced in 2021, small farmers are key. Partnerships between INIAP, CIP, INALPROCES, and AGROPAPA have innovated the market with colored potato chips under the Kiwa brand, leading to 80% export-driven sales increases and economic stability for farmers. This initiative supports local biodiversity and spotlights the need for continued public-private collaboration for industry growth.
TOMRA Food announced an agile new structure and three AI-powered sorting and grading solutions at Fruit Logistica in Berlin. With an increased focus on customer proximity and innovation, the reorganized company combines its processed and fresh food sectors into unified regional teams (EMEA, Americas, APAC), supported by a central hub for R&D and operations. The new AI technologies promise unparalleled accuracy in grading, aiming to boost productivity and minimize waste.
The Delhi High Court upheld PepsiCo’s patent claim for the potato variety used in Lay’s chips. The decision overturned a previous order revoking the patent. PepsiCo had challenged the revocation under the 2001 Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act. The court directed the restoration of PepsiCo’s renewal application to the Registrar for further processing, setting aside the previous order.
Carrefour supermarkets in France have ceased selling PepsiCo products due to price hikes. The ban will extend to Belgium, Spain, and Italy. Carrefour cited “unacceptable price increases” for popular items like Lay’s chips. PepsiCo, which has raised prices by double-digit percentages for seven consecutive quarters, stated it is in discussions with Carrefour. The French grocery chain has not specified when the ban will take effect in the other countries.
Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced its fiscal second quarter 2024 results, displaying remarkable growth. Net sales surged by 36% to $1.732 billion, with income from operations and net income also experiencing substantial increases. The company updated its fiscal year 2024 outlook, raising targets for net income, earnings per share, and adjusted EBITDA. CEO Tom Werner expressed satisfaction, attributing the success to effective execution and anticipates a stable consumer and operating environment for the remainder of fiscal 2024.
A recent global review of top-selling Pringles flavors revealed that Original and Sour Cream & Onion are universally popular. Despite offering over 160 flavors worldwide, these two remain consistent best-sellers. Regional preferences shine through in unique flavors such as Pigs in Blanket in the UK and Egg Sandwich in Japan. Pringles enthusiasts are encouraged to share their favorites and suggest new flavors via the brand’s Instagram. Sales peak during events like the Super Bowl and Chinese New Year.
The Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho, is notable for housing the world’s largest Pringles potato crisp, according to the World Record Academy. The Pringle crisp was created by Procter & Gamble in 1991 and measures 25 inches in length, 14 inches in width, and weighs 5.4 ounces. Besides this exhibit, the museum also showcases ancient Peruvian vessels used for potato storage 1,600 years ago and manages a hall of fame that recognizes significant contributions to the potato industry.
Pulsemaster has launched a compact industrial-scale pulsed electric field (PEF) system, designed to process up to 10 tons of tubers, roots, vegetables, and fruits per hour. It’s a revolutionary fit for small and mid-scale production lines due to its minimal footprint, rapid startup, and commitment to sustainability. It uses electroporation for tissue softening, enhancing food quality. Particularly beneficial for frozen foods, it enhances flavor and maintains cell structure. Pulsemaster’s new system illustrates their dedication to advancing food quality and production efficiency globally.
The British potato industry is facing a crisis due to COVID-19, the Ukraine conflict, inflation, and weather issues, leading to a significant drop in production. In response, potato suppliers like Wolds Produce are negotiating longer, more flexible contracts with manufacturers. Despite some support from crisp manufacturers, the sector struggles with reduced seed production and the lowest recorded crop yields, signaling potential price increases and industry consolidation ahead.
In a gesture of community aid amidst rising food insecurity McCain Foods partnered with nonprofit Foodbank Australia to donate around 100,000 meals. The meals were prepared at the company’s Wendouree-based factory, dedicating its full production line to the effort for a day. Ross Fallon, McCain Foods’ supply chain director, highlighted the growing need for such support, while Foodbank Victoria’s CEO, Dave McNamara, urged other food manufacturers to follow suit.
McDonald’s, a leading global fast-food chain, has displayed its dominance by serving 70 million customers daily, exceeding the populations of countries like France, the UK, Italy, Argentina, Canada, and Poland. With over 40,275 outlets worldwide, McDonald’s has significantly outpaced its nearest competitor, Subway. In 2022, the US, the birthplace of McDonald’s, generated $9.42 billion in revenue, while international markets collectively contributed about $11.16 billion. McDonald’s success is attributed to aggressive marketing and customer engagement through the McDonald’s Rewards program.
A research team in Italy studied acrylamide levels in over 15,000 food samples and found potato-based products and coffee were the top sources of exposure to the potentially carcinogenic compound. The study also revealed that mitigation measures by the European Union have made a significant difference over time, notably decreasing contamination levels. However, it equally emphasized continuous monitoring and strict regulation to maintain these improvements and ensure public health.
The National Fish and Chip Awards have announced the top 20 contenders for the Takeaway of the Year title, narrowing down from an initial 40 after a stringent evaluation process. These shops have demonstrated excellence in sustainability, product knowledge, and business practices. The winner will be revealed at the awards ceremony in London on February 28, 2024, celebrating the best of the UK’s beloved fish and chip takeaways.
The Guardian’s Nicholas Jordan taste tested Australian frozen hash browns. He crowned Birds Eye Potato Gems as the top choice for their ideal crunch and flavor. Birds Eye also offered the best value, while McCain’s Quick Cook impressed with speed. Variations in crunchiness and flavor, like the farm-scented Seasons Pride and the inedible Strong Roots, highlighted the importance of texture in frozen potato products. This taste test revealed that not all hash browns are created equal…
Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. celebrated the inauguration of its new $250 million potato processing facility in Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia, known as China’s Potato Capital. This state-of-the-art plant is expected to produce 250 million pounds of frozen potato products per year, enhancing the company’s ability to satisfy increasing regional demand. The facility, which adheres to Lamb Weston’s high standards for safety and sustainability, will create over 240 local jobs. President and CEO Tom Werner highlighted the investment as a testament to the company’s growth strategy in China.
This year’s potato harvest in Switzerland is expected to drop by a third due to unfavorable weather conditions and pests, leading to a shortfall of 100,000 tonnes, particularly affecting processed products like chips. The Swiss Potato Growers’ Association warns of “above-average losses” unseen before. The Zweifel crisps factory is now importing 15%-18% more potatoes than usual to meet its requirements.
In a groundbreaking move, FPS Food Process Solutions (FPS), renowned for its expertise in freezing and cooling equipment, has teamed up with OptiCept Technologies. The collaboration aims to advance PEF (Pulsed Electric Field) technology in solid food processing, with an initial focus on potato processing. This partnership brings greater benefits to the growing potato processing sector looking for innovations that offer efficiency, including energy savings, while maintaining high product quality and competitiveness.
The Northwest is grappling with an unprecedented surplus of French fry potatoes, leading to a vast “spud dump” across the region. Favorable growing conditions and demand miscalculation are cited as causes. Now, massive amounts of spuds must be destroyed: 165,000 tons of them. This problem will likely carry over to next year’s farmers’ woes. That’s because 10% more potatoes from this year will be used next year by major potato processors.
Branston, a prominent potato supplier in the UK, has announced its ambitious venture of introducing a cutting-edge mashed potato facility. This facility is strategically designed to supply leading UK supermarkets with a variety of potato-based products. Set to be fully functional by spring 2024, the establishment is a testament to Branston’s commitment to innovation in the potato industry. Wayne Mansfield, who will oversee the facility as the mash production manager, emphasized the company’s dedication to quality and the advanced features the facility will boast.