Most Aussies not impressed to see their favourite dessert as a chip flavour

One of Australia’s favourite desserts is becoming a chip and people aren’t loving the idea. News that Smith’s is making a lamington-flavoured chip has not received a positive reaction from readers, with more than 80 per cent on our Facebook poll saying ‘no’ to the new incarnation. (Smith’s is a British-Australian manufacturing company best known for its crisps/chips). A lamington is[Read More…]

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China: Nice weather boosts struggling potato industry

According to a recent GAIN report (USDA), potato farmers in China are expected to reap a bumper harvest, with fresh potato production increasing by 5 percent year on year in marketing year 2019/20. Favorable weather in key growing regions will boost China’s processed potato production, particularly in the fast-growing area of frozen french fries. China’s additional tariffs on U.S. processed[Read More…]

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Idaho potato shortage rumor cleared

Consumers are worried about the possibility of not having enough French fries, after this year’s potato shortage. Between Oct. 9 and 11, a cold spell impacted 15 percent of the potato crop in Idaho, but 85 percent was already harvested, according to Frank Muir, the Idaho Potato Commission President and CEO. That was 13 billion pounds of potatoes, down from[Read More…]

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Chip makers’ experimentation with flavor pays off

Chip purchases are nearly universal with 94% of respondents to a 2019 Mintel survey saying they bought some kind of chips in the past year. Consumers gravitate to familiar brands and tastes and perceive chips as an indulgence, which may be a challenge to market expansion, but opportunities lie in new flavor combinations, functionality and healthy innovations. “Taste, craveability and[Read More…]

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Michigan State researchers developed dark purple potatoes. Now, they're becoming potato chips

It took 20 years, but Michigan State University researchers reached their goal — breeding a purple potato. And now they’re being made into purple, kettle-cooked potato chips. Dave Douches, director for the MSU Potato Breeding and Genetics program, and other researchers spent the last two decades crossing potato varieties and testing until they developed the purple spud species they were hoping[Read More…]

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North America: Processed potato needs influence fresh market

The chip, frozen and other potato-processing businesses continue to touch the fresh industry, but that touch might be a bit stronger this year, marketers say. “We have all heard of the news in the U.S.,” said Ross Johnson, international marketing director with the Eagle-based Idaho Potato Commission.  He noted the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently reported that, overall, the U.S.[Read More…]

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Pepsico launches Lay's BIO onto the Spanish market, its first organic potato chips

PepsiCo is launching its first 100% organic potato chips: Lay’s BIO onto the Spanish market. The new product has the European certification that guarantees the organic cultivation of its ingredients, as well as the absence of additives. This new product is made with locally-grown potatoes and high quality organic sunflower oil. This, together with a careful production process, results in[Read More…]

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Report: Frozen Potato Fries Market Trends 2019 to 2025

The global size of the Frozen Potato Fries Market is expected to show a strong CAGR during the 2019 to 2025 forecast period.  A market research study on Global Frozen Potato Fries uses SWOT analysis and Porter’s Five Forces analysis to expose the advantages, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the market. The Frozen Potato Fries Report provides an overview and[Read More…]

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Protesting farmers In India plant potato variety registered by PepsiCo

Farmers’ rights activists on Tuesday sowed FL-2027 potato seeds on a plot of farmland in Ahmedabad, Gujarat to protest food and beverages major PepsiCo’s reassertion of rights over the variety. Farmers in Gujarat have been claiming that under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPVFR) Act, 2001, they can sow the seed without the company’s permission. PepsiCo registered[Read More…]

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Chips and fries boost exports of fresh US potatoes

U.S. potato growers shipped 34% more fresh potatoes to Canada from July through September, but they were not destined to be sold as fresh, according to a quarterly report from Potatoes USA. Most were sent to Canadian processors to be turned into frozen products, such as French fries, according to the promotion group’s first-quarter 2019-20 report. Overall exports of fresh potatoes saw[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston offers new potato product in food service

Consumers love a twist on a classic comfort item. So, Lamb Weston is serving up something unexpected. Introducing Lamb Weston Waffled Hash Browns – a unique take on Belgian-style waffles, these savory waffles are made with real Idaho shredded potatoes and can be baked or fried to crispy perfection. The Waffled Hash Browns are easy to add to any menu[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston forms joint venture in Argentina

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced earlier this week that it has formed a joint venture with Sociedad Comercial del Plata in Argentina to serve the nearly 2-billion-pound South American market. Each partner will own 50% of the new joint venture, Lamb Weston Alimentos Modernos S.A. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Lamb Weston Alimentos Modernos S.A. will sell frozen[Read More…]

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Dutch potato starch company Avebe now a ‘Royal’

Dutch Potato Starch cooperative Avebe can now call itself ‘Royal’. In honour of its 100 years anniversary on November 11, the Dutch King, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, awarded Avebe the so-called “Royal Warrant”. At a festive gathering on November 14, René Paas, the Commissioner of the King in the Province of Groningen, presented the Royal Warrant to Bert Jansen, Chairman[Read More…]

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EU hits Colombia with WTO case over frozen fry duties

The European Union hit Colombia with a World Trade Organization complaint Friday, saying that the country is unfairly imposing anti-dumping duties on frozen French fried potatoes from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. During Colombia’s anti-dumping investigation into preserved and prepared potato imports, the country failed to tell the European companies what metrics it would be using to determine if imports[Read More…]

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Elea cuts record length potato strip during PEF Advantage Days Demo

To demonstrate the capabilities of Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) systems in french fry production, Elea cut and fried a record length potato strip in a demo during its recent Elea PEF Advantage Days at their headquarters in Quakenbrueck, Germany. Elea, the market leader in Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) systems for the food industry, hosted the 1st ever Elea PEF Advantage[Read More…]

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Retired PSU professor creates blue and white potato chips

Potato chips are a must-have tailgate food, and a local company has made what might become the must-have Penn State tailgate snack. Tailgater Taters potato chips are blue and white all the way. And yes, you can take that literally. Made from Centre County-grown blue and white colored potatoes, the snack is the brain child of William J. Lamont Jr.,[Read More…]

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