Processing, fries, chips

PepsiCo products pulled from some Carrefour grocery stores in Europe over price increases

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.

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Lamb Weston reports strong fiscal Second Quarter 2024 results, raises full-year targets

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.

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Global taste test: Original and Sour Cream & Onion reign supreme in Pringles popularity

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.

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World’s largest potato crisp on display at Idaho’s celebrated potato museum

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.

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Pulsemaster revolutionizes food processing with new innovative Compact PEF system

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.

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Adapting to crisis: Evolution of the UK potato industry amidst unprecedented challenges

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.

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McCain Foods donates 100,000 meals to Foodbank Australia

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.

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‘Burgers beyond borders’: McDonald’s daily diners outnumber populations of entire nations

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.

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The battle against acrylamide: Progress and challenges in European food industries

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.

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Golden batch: Finalists for the UK’s best fish and chip takeaway unveiled

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.

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‘Sorry, but not all hash browns are created equal’: The Australian frozen hash brown showdown

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…

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Lamb Weston opens state-of-the-art potato processing plant in China’s ‘Potato Capital’

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.

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Switzerland faces major potato deficit, impact felt in snack industry

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.

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FPS partners with OptiCept Technologies to innovate potato processing with PEF technology

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.

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Potato surplus leads to massive spud dump in the Northwest of the U.S.

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.

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Branston mashes it up with new state-of-the-art facility

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.

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Lamb Weston’s roadmap: Announces long-term strategic growth and financial updates

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. today unveiled its strategic growth plans, emphasizing sustainable profitability and innovation. The company updated its long-term financial targets and increased its share repurchase authorization to $500 million. With a strong global presence and commitment to innovation, Lamb Weston aims to further solidify its position in the market while ensuring enhanced returns for its shareholders. Tom Werner, President and CEO of Lamb Weston, expressed confidence in the company’s future growth.

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TOMRA Food to showcase innovative potato sorting solutions at IFPA’s Global Produce and Floral show in Anaheim

TOMRA Food will present its advanced potato sorting solutions at IFPA’s Global Produce & Floral Show in Anaheim from 19-21 October. At Booth 3304, attendees can explore TOMRA’s latest technologies, including the TOMRA 3A and 5A sorters. Diarmuid Meagher, VP of TOMRA Processed Food, highlighted the company’s commitment to maximizing yields, reducing costs, and minimizing human labor reliance. An interactive hologram display will also feature their innovative solutions.

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Frozen potato boom: Global market set to soar to $92.7 billion by 2031

Europe is solidifying its dominance in the frozen potato market, as revealed by a recent report from Allied Market Research. The global market, which was valued at $60.3 billion in 2021, is projected to soar to $92.7 billion by 2031. The frozen french fries segment holds the most significant portion of the global market. The french fries segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% from 2022 to 2031.

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Happy meal? Steady demand for french fries is good news for U.S. economy

Despite economic challenges, consumers continue to order french fries with their meals, indicating a positive economic sign. Potato supplier Lamb Weston reported that the rate of customers ordering fries at fast-food outlets remains above pre-pandemic levels. This suggests consumers are still willing to spend despite high inflation. However, there’s a shift in behavior, with consumers preferring quick-service food providers over full-service restaurants.

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Lamb Weston on a growth trajectory: Stellar Q1 2024 results showcase robust sales and profit increases

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced robust Q1 2024 results, with a 48% surge in net sales to $1,665.3 million, largely driven by key acquisitions in Europe and Argentina. Excluding these acquisitions, sales grew by 15%. The company’s strategic pricing actions and operational improvements contributed to this growth. CEO Tom Werner expressed optimism, highlighting the successful integration of EMEA operations and the launch of a new facility in China.

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TNA implements potato production lines for the Egyptian army

TNA Solutions, a food processing and packaging firm, completed a significant project for the Egyptian Army. Commissioned by the Egyptian NSPO in 2020, TNA introduced two advanced potato product production lines. The first line, for Hash Browns and Rosti, produces two metric tonnes hourly, while the second, for French Fries and other items, yields 10 metric tonnes. TNA oversees the entire process, including advanced distribution and packaging. Collaborating with Optima Solutions, TNA aids the Egyptian Ministry of Defence in self-sufficiency. The project’s June 2023 completion signifies a new era, with plans for further expansion.

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‘From fries to fortunes’: The booming growth of the frozen potato industry sector

The global frozen potato market is projected to reach $92.63 billion by 2030, up from $65.06 billion in 2022, according to The Insight Partners. This surge is driven by the growing demand for ready-to-eat foods and the popularity of convenience items. Key industry players are expanding through mergers and innovative product launches. The rising number of dual-income families and single households further fuels the demand for frozen potato products.

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Kiremko: Unveiling sustainable potato processing opportunities in India

Kiremko, a leader in potato processing, strengthens ties between India and the Netherlands through sustainable practices and innovation. During the Dutch trade mission to India, Kiremko formed key partnerships, notably with Asandas and Haldiram/SK International, both for flake lines with a 2,400 kg/hr capacity. These collaborations aim to revolutionize potato processing in India, emphasizing Kiremko’s commitment to sustainability and customer satisfaction.

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Strengthening Aussie potato market: Lamb Weston Australia acquires Crackerjack Foods

Lamb Weston, a global supplier of frozen potato products, has acquired Victorian-based Crackerjack Foods, known for its frozen potato-based items in the Australian food services sector. The acquisition includes two Crackerjack processing facilities and will see Crackerjack’s employees join Lamb Weston. The move aims to expand Lamb Weston’s product range, enhance processing capabilities, and strengthen its presence in Australia.

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