Processing, fries, chips

PepsiCo Foods North America launches groundbreaking initiative to boost opportunities for next-gen farmers

PepsiCo Foods North America has launched its Planting Pathways Initiative to increase agricultural opportunities, especially for young and underrepresented farmers. The initiative features pilot programs and partnerships with nonprofit leaders to drive sustainable change and promote equity in the agriculture industry. Key partnerships include Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Farm Foundation, focusing on business support, career development, and fostering future leaders.

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Lamb Weston faces market challenges: Q4 misses expectations, outlook for 2025 cautious

Lamb Weston Holdings reported disappointing fiscal fourth-quarter results for 2024, citing lower-than-expected price/mix outcomes, market share losses, and decreased restaurant traffic. The company anticipates a challenging fiscal 2025 due to continued menu price inflation impacting global demand for frozen potatoes. In response, Lamb Weston is making operational adjustments, including productivity initiatives and targeted investments, while staying committed to long-term strategic goals and customer service improvements.

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PepsiCo announces $160m sustainable Kazakhstan factory, set to become the largest of its kind in Central Asia

PepsiCo is investing US$160 million to launch a sustainable snack factory in Kazakhstan, adhering to ESG goals with locally sourced ingredients and the PepsiCo Positive (pep+) strategy to achieve net zero emissions by 2040. Set to open in 2026, the facility will follow ‘sustainable operations from start’, and produce 21,000 tonnes of snacks, including Lay’s, by 2027.

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Lamb Weston sued over ‘artificially inflated’ share prices

Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. and its executives are accused of violating federal securities laws relating to the rollout of a software system, as stated in a class action lawsuit. Idaho Statesman reports that the lawsuit claims that Lamb Weston’s stock price was artificially inflated due to misrepresented software issues. The case seeks a jury trial and includes investors who bought shares between July 2023 and April 2024.

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Potato protein market expected to gain popularity across the globe

The global potato protein market is set to grow significantly from 2023 to 2031, with an expected CAGR of 6.9%. Growth drivers include rising adoption in food, beverages, animal feed, and cosmetics, a growing vegan population, and increased awareness of the environmental impact of animal farming. North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa will all contribute, with Asia-Pacific leading in growth.

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UK: Major online auction for state-of-the art potato and vegetable processing equipment announced

A major two-day online auction for modern potato and vegetable processing equipment in the UK has been announced. The sale includes state-of-the-art machinery from QV Realisations Ltd, formerly known as A H Worth Ltd. Day one features significant processing plant equipment, while day two focuses on yard, factory, and office items. Bidding closes on July 24 and 25, 2024, respectively. Viewing is available on July 23 or by appointment.

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Heartland Potato Chips: A New Zealand success story revisited

Heartland Potato Chips, founded by the Bowan family in 2012, is a testament to local enterprise succeeding in the global market. They produce locally sourced chips using sustainable methods and innovative flavors that reflect New Zealand tastes. As the country’s sole New Zealand-owned chip maker, Heartland’s sunflower oil and eco-friendly practices appeal to quality and ethically-conscious consumers, embodying New Zealand’s agricultural and entrepreneurial spirit.

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Belgian potato farmers struggle as big companies reap profits, according to new report

A Greenpeace report reveals that seven large companies dominate 90% of the Belgian potato market, significantly profiting while farmers earn minimal incomes. Between 2021 and 2022, these companies’ turnover increased by 44% to €3.4 billion, while consumer prices for potatoes surged by 61% since 2015. Greenpeace advocates for greater negotiating power for farmers and government intervention to reflect real production costs and cap excessive profit margins.

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New KMC Innovation Center boosts production of plant-based ingredients and foods

Danish starch manufacturer KMC has opened a new 5,000-square-meter Innovation Center, investing DKK 100 million to double its innovation capacity and reinforce its leadership in potato-based ingredients. With record sales of DKK 3.4 billion in 2023, the company is optimistic about the future of plant-based foods. The Center will enhance collaboration with customers and support sustainability efforts by developing plant-based alternatives to animal ingredients.

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Daymer Ingredients to distribute Danish AKV premium potato starches in the UK

Daymer Ingredients, a British supplier, has partnered with Danish company AKV to distribute native and clean label potato starches in the UK. This collaboration underscores Daymer’s commitment to providing natural and sustainable food ingredients. AKV’s products, known for their high peak viscosity and efficient production process, will enhance various food applications.

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Global potato starch prices to rise in June amidst strong demand and supply chain challenges

Potato starch prices are predicted to increase globally in June due to higher demand from downstream industries, rising feedstock costs, and supply chain disruptions. As buyers anticipate even greater demand later in the year, they might increase their purchases in June. Additionally, potato harvest season and economic shifts in China and the eurozone contribute to the price rise.

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Dutch firm debuts next-level conveyor belt for potato processors

Ammeraal Beltech has introduced the Ropanyl EM 8/2 00+02 light blue AS FG AM /60shD, a new food-grade conveyor belt for potato processing. This easy-to-clean, non-stick, and durable belt reduces starch adherence and cleaning time, aiming to minimize downtime and enhance productivity. The belt is designed to ensure product safety and improve production performance.

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McDonald’s broke advert rules claiming french fries only contain Dutch potatoes and salt

McDonald’s violated Dutch advertising regulations by claiming their fries contain only potatoes and a pinch of salt, as ruled by the Advertising Code Commission following a complaint by Foodwatch. Published in Volkskrant and aired on radio in March, the ads differed from McDonald’s website, listing additional ingredients like vegetable oil and stabilizers. McDonald’s argued full ingredient disclosure in ads isn’t required.

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StoreGuard now available in the UK: Potato growers anticipate benefits from new technology in maintaining fry colour

Biofresh Safestore, the exclusive UK distributor for StoreGuard, prepares for its first full season after securing UK marketing rights in November 2023. StoreGuard, made by AgroFresh, uses 1-MCP to maintain potato fry colour when stored with ethylene as a sprout inhibitor. The product has shown benefits in European and UK trials, reducing weight loss and fan times, and leaving no detectable residue.

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Sizzling success: The untold story of British women entrepreneurs in fish and chip shops

An exhibition at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum in King’s Lynn explores how fish and chip shops enabled British women to run their own businesses in the late 19th century. Highlighting shops that catered to domestic schedules, the “Fish and Chips Heroes” exhibition showcases the significant societal role these shops played, particularly in towns like King’s Lynn, known for its bustling port and dense population.

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Ensuring safe food: FPS celebrates World Food Safety Day with focus on hygienic design and safety controls

In celebration of World Food Safety Day 2024, FPS Food Process Solutions (FPS) stresses the importance of hygienic design and critical safety controls in the food processing industry. With the theme “Food safety: prepare for the unexpected,” WHO highlights the shared responsibility of food businesses. FPS emphasizes traceability, accessibility, cleanability, and the need for thorough food safety preparation to prevent contamination and ensure consumer safety.

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Report: Global processed potato market expected to reach $45 billion growth milestone by 2028

The global processed potatoes market is expected to grow by USD 45 billion between 2024 and 2028, driven by enhanced production capabilities and technological advancements according to Technavio. Key growth factors include investments in advanced technology and infrastructure, especially in North America and Europe. Challenges such as fluctuating raw material prices and regulatory standards persist, but sustainable practices are being adopted. Major players include Lamb Weston, McCain Foods, and The Kraft Heinz Company.

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Wyma champions sustainability in global food production with new comprehensive guide

Wyma, a leader in post-harvest equipment, released a sustainability guide highlighting the urgent need for innovative and efficient food production to address global challenges such as climate change and resource scarcity. By 2050, with an expected 35% population increase, food production must double. The guide emphasizes the importance of aligning with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and underscores key strategies, including water conservation, handling and processing improvements, and sustainable land use, for a sustainable future.

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FPS Food Process Solutions’ global headcount now over 1,000 strong

FPS Food Process Solutions, a global leader in turn-key food processing solutions, has expanded to over 1,000 employees in 20 locations across six continents since its inception in 2010 with eight staff. The company’s growth encompasses strategic acquisitions and partnerships, enhancing its manufacturing, R&D, engineering, service, and sales. FPS continues to innovate and expand, aiming for continued growth in the food processing sector.

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From field to flavor: Growing the future of Lay’s, one potato seed at a time

Josh Parsons, an R&D scientist at PepsiCo’s Rhinelander, Wisconsin, farm leads a team combining traditional breeding with modern tools to cultivate high-quality potatoes for Lay’s chips. They grow new potato varieties through data-driven cross-pollination. These varieties are selected for yield, disease resistance, nutrition, and taste, aligning with PepsiCo’s sustainability and nutrition goals. Despite the lengthy nine-year development process, only a few seeds become successful.

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McCain Foods CEO Koeune reveal major investment plans for French processing facilities during presidential visit

McCain Foods announced a €350 million investment in its French production facilities, enhancing capabilities at Harnes, Béthune, and Matougues. This initiative, revealed during President Macron’s visit, aims to boost production by 25% while prioritizing sustainability. State-of-the-art facility upgrades will reduce CO2 emissions and optimize water use. The investment supports McCain’s vision for a resilient future in French agriculture, benefiting its network of farmers, employees, and customers.

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McCain Foods to modernize and expand French potato processing facilities for sustainable growth

McCain Foods plans to invest €350 million into its French potato processing facilities over five years to boost production by 25% and reduce emissions. Investment targets include modernizing the Matougues plant, which will help expand operations significantly. This initiative, highlighted during President Macron’s visit, aligns with broader market growth in processed potato products driven by demand for convenience foods and advancements in processing technology. Challenges such as price volatility and supply disruptions due to climate impacts are also noted.

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