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India: Uttar Pradesh clears decks for PepsiCo's new potato chips plant

The Uttar Pradesh government has cleared the decks for the proposed Rs 500 crore potato chips plant of global food and beverage company PepsiCo’s in the Mathura district. The UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) had already allotted 36 acres of land to the company. Last month, the state cabinet gave its nod to issue a ‘letter of comfort’ (LoC)[Read More…]

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India's Gujarat State ready for foreign investment in frozen potato product facilities

With the potential growing of potatoes for manufacture of frozen potato-based products, Gujarat is poised for an inflow of foreign investments. Several European and American companies are looking to invest in manufacturing facilities for frozen potato-based products or in the food processing equipment sector. “Investment from several European companies alone in the equipment, manufacturing and allied sectors is pegged at[Read More…]

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Good news for the US potato industry

The final day of the Southern Rocky Mountain Ag Conference brought a focus on the potato. John Lundeen, Research Director for Potatoes USA, provided insight into just how large the market of the popular vegetable is. He began by noting that the potato is rated as America’s number one vegetable. Also, the nation’s most popular side dish is the French[Read More…]

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Dutch potato processing firms explore opportunities in India

Dutch based potato processing companies are exploring opportunities to further develop the sector amid increased consumption for higher-end potato products. These Dutch companies are here to take part in Global Potato Conclave. The three-day event will start from Tuesday in Gandhinagar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the conclave through video conferencing. As many as seventeen Dutch companies — engaged[Read More…]

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Hot potatoes: Industry leaders in the US see opportunities for crop

Demand is so high for U.S. potatoes that the industry cannot keep up, several speakers said during the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference, according to a report published by Capital Press. “We’ve put a lot of processing plants in, but we’re still losing market share,” said  Blair Richardson, CEO for Potatoes USA. The U.S. industry used to have more than 50% of[Read More…]

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Aviko acquires Chinese french fries producer

Dutch-based company Aviko, one of Europe’s largest producers of fresh, frozen, dried and specialty potato products and part of Royal Cosun, has reached an agreement with Hongyuan Agriculture to acquire 90% of its shares in Hongyuan Louis. Hongyuan Louis is a relatively young producer of frozen French fries located in Xilinhot, North of Bashang in China. The deal includes a[Read More…]

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North America: No need for potato panic – yet

Most of us love fries and chips. Other than people on a ketogenic diet, most diets don’t discriminate against the mighty potato. It’s even in Canada’s newest food guide. Most dishes using potatoes are loved by Canadians, especially in the wintertime, when colder weather encourages us to seek out more hearty meals. But reports suggest that North America is experiencing[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston's Board chairman buys more shares

Chairman of the Board, William G. Jurgensen reportedly acquired 18,000 shares of this packaged foods company, paying $92.01 per share for a total amount of $1.66 million. Mr. Jurgensen increased his stake by 14.00% to 146,536 shares with this purchase. According to a report published by Seeking Alpha, “it is a little surprising to come across a company that focuses[Read More…]

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Chart ranking of best types of fries sparks hilarious Twitter outrage

A chart ranking the best types of fries has ignited a Twitter firestorm, as users debate the controversial fry-archy with hilarious zeal. The food squabble came after Twitter user Robert James Russell (@robhollywood) tweeted out on Thursday an illustration he created that ranked nine different types of fries: standard cut french fries, sweet potato, steak fries, cheese fries, waffle fries, crinkle cut, tater tots, curly fries[Read More…]

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Report: Potato Chips Market Overview in the United Kingdom

IndexBox has just published a new report: â€˜United Kingdom – Potato Chips – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends And Insights’. Here is a summary of some of the report’s key findings. The revenue of the potato chips (french fry) market in the UK amounted to $686M in 2018, dropping by -4.6% against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues[Read More…]

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Key Technology acquires Herbert Solutions

Key Technology, a leading global designer and manufacturer of digital sorting, inspection, conveying and other processing equipment, and a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has acquired Herbert Solutions, enhancing its portfolio of potato and vegetable equipment solutions. Herbert has established itself as a leader in serving the root crop and fresh produce markets with an assortment of[Read More…]

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Bushnell plant closing as Kitchen Cooked merges with Utz

Kitchen Cooked Chips is planning to close its Bushnell facility after more than 40 years in the city. According to Paul Blackhurst, a representative at Kitchen Cooked, the closure is part of an acquisition by Utz Quality Foods, a large, independent snack food brand based in Pennsylvania. He said the decision to merge with the larger brand was in part[Read More…]

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Farm Frites plans to build a french fries plant in Kazakhstan

Netherlands based company Farm Frites Beheer B.V. reportedly plans to build a french fry processing plant in the Zhambyl region in Kazakhstan during the next two years. According to a report issued by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, “the total cost of the project for the construction of an export-oriented factory for the production of french fries is $145 million.[Read More…]

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Potato war: Colombia takes anti-dumping measures against European frozen french fries

In October of last year, the European Commission (EC) lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about the import tariffs Colombia has imposed on frozen french fries from Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. According to the European Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, the European Union (EU) considers this South American country’s anti-dumping measures to be ‘entirely unjustified’. The dispute[Read More…]

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EU COOL rules can be difficult to sort through

An access to information and privacy request acquired by The Western Producer shows how complicated the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is to sustain. A Nov. 30, 2018, email between Agriculture Canada staff included a background document on Poland’s move to introduce mandatory country-of-origin labelling for fresh potatoes, despite the Canada-European Union trade deal’s tariff elimination for fresh potatoes. The[Read More…]

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Utz Quality Foods completes merger with Kitchen Cooked

Utz Quality Foods, LLC announced today that it has completed the merger with Kitchen Cooked Inc. The acquisition includes the Kitchen Cooked snack food brand, direct store delivery (aka DSD) operations and its manufacturing operations. The Kitchen Cooked snack food brand brings with it a range of fan-favorite potato chips, Kettle Kurls, Kettle Pops, popcorn, pretzels and more. “We are[Read More…]

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PepsiCo boosts Ethiopia’s snack market with majority stake acquisition in local crisps producer

The Frito-Lay and Walkers Crisps maker has acquired a majority shareholding of Senselet Food Processing, an Ethiopian potato crisps company founded by Veris Investments in 2015. Veris claims Senselet has a leading market position in Ethiopia with its Sun Chips brand, which uses locally-sourced potatoes. The Netherlands-based private equity firm says it set up Senselet to contribute to the development[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston sees strong second-quarter sales volume growth

Improved sales volumes in Lamb Weston, Inc.’s Global and Foodservice business units propelled the potato processor’s net income up 18% during the second quarter of fiscal 2020, according to a report by Baking Business. Net income for the quarter ended Nov. 24, 2019, totaled $140.4 million, equal to 96c per share on the common stock. It was an increase when[Read More…]

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Belgium's Clarebout to build a new potato processing factory in Dunkirk

Clarebout, a West-Flemish potato processing company in Belgium, reportedly wants to build a factory in the French city of Dunkirk, reports ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’. This would be the first foreign factory for the company. According to the plans, the factory should be in the port of Dunkirk. Cost? 140 million euros. However, according to the newspaper, all approvals are not yet[Read More…]

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