Processing, fries, chips

Simplot’s gmo potato approved by the USDA

A potato genetically engineered to eliminate a potentially harmful ingredient that emerges in the high heat required for French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced Friday. The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of acrylamide is produced when the potato is fried. Acrylamide has been shown to cause cancer[Read More…]

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UK: Fullers revamps frozen potato range in partnership with Marks & Spencer

Frozen foods specialist Fullers Foods International has joined forces with Marks & Spencer to revamp its core potato accompaniments range. The agreement, valued at £12.5m and encompassing nine frozen potato lines and three chilled accompaniments, will give the frozen food specialist an enterprise value in excess of £250m by next year. Source: See on – Global Potato News

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French fries: All cut, dried and fried

French fires are amazingly popular the world over. And whether they are bought from the supermarket in a pack of frozen or fresh fried in a restaurant, the consumer wants them to be just right. This is where the drying stage is important, as Andre Erasmus discovers.  Source: See on – Global Potato News

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UK: McCain Foodservice launches new website

The new website offers users a bespoke experience, with information, videos and product baskets that have been tailored to provide solutions for the specific business challenges that they face, whatever sector they are working in. The site is fully responsive, ensuring that busy caterers are now able to access the website whenever and wherever they like, via mobile, tablet[Read More…]

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UK: Farmers join forces with turkey producers to create festive crisps

Potato farmers have teamed up with turkey producers to create a locally-grown and produced festive flavour crisp. Fairfields Farm Crisps, made by potato farmers Robert and Laura Strathern at Wormingford, near Colchester, has joined forces with Danbury-based Kelly Bronze turkeys, run by Paul Kelly, to create a new flavour to add to its range – turkey, sage and onion. Produced[Read More…]

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Simplot potato processing plant closure delayed

J.R. Simplot Co. is delaying the closure of a southwest Idaho potato processing plant. Company spokesman David Cuoio tells the Idaho Press-Tribune in a story on Friday that unexpectedly high product demand will keep the plant in Nampa open past a previously announced Oct. 31 closing. Source: See on – Global Potato News

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Canada: Prince Edward Island fresh market supplier challenged by processors

Sales representative and spokesperson Josh Gill of fresh market supplier Mid-Isle Farms on Prince Edward Island said Mid-Isle might benefit from the closure of the McCain Foods french fry processing plant at the end of this month. The company announced in early August that it will close the processing facility at Borden-Carleton but leave its fresh pack plant in Summerside[Read More…]

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America Says No to Cappuccino Potato Chips

America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent company PepsiCo Inc. says about 1 million total votes were cast online for[Read More…]

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UK: Ranch Raccoon potato chips?! The Walkers contest

I was recently in the States and sampled last year’s winner of Lay’s “Do Us a Flavor” contest – Cheesy Garlic Bread. A similar contest from Walkers (Lay’s in the US) is ending this week. The 6 finalists to choose from are Pulled Pork, Sizzling Steak Fajita, Chip Shop Chicken Curry, Cheesy Beans on Toast, Hot Dog and Ranch Raccoon.[Read More…]

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Vanmark: “We are moving into a new generation of hydrocutters”

Vanmark Equipment LLC celebrates 60 years in developing technology for the potato processing industry this year. Over the last decade, the company from Creston, Iowa (USA) started changing its business strategies as it became a part of GE Grote in 2007. Potato Processing International spoke with Tom Mathues, President at Vanmark Equipment LLC and Wes Jacobs, General Manager of former[Read More…]

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Calbee North America to build plant in Mississippi

Calbee North America, maker of snow-pea crisps, shrimp chips, and potato chips, will build a production facility in Senatobia, MS, in a former BMW factory. The company, a joint venture founded by Japan’s snack-chip giant Calbee and Idaho potato grower R.D. Offutt in 2010, operates plants in California and Oregon. Calbee North America will invest $51.1 million in the new[Read More…]

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US: Innovation center coming to Kettle Foods plant in Salem

Kettle Foods’ reputation for creativity is bringing a couple dozen high-end manufacturing jobs to Salem, according to an announcement made Monday by the brand’s parent company, Diamond Foods. The Salem company renowned for its unique potato chips will be home to a so-called “innovation center” for Diamond Foods and its three other brands, a new 7,000-square-foot space set to open[Read More…]

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First phosphate-free potato-wash now on sale

Orgacure, the sustainable shelf-life innovator, developed the industries first phosphate-free potato-wash for peeled and cut potatoes to address European and North-American potato processors. Phosphate is used in agriculture as fertilizer or in detergents such as dishwasher tabs and its use in food application is strictly guidelined by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Phosphorus, the source of phosphate, is a[Read More…]

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Canada: McCain aims to bring warmth back to the frozen food aisle

One of the most enduring images of McCain Foods Ltd. advertising is a commercial from the 1980s. Designed to appeal to parents looking for convenient ways to feed their kids – and a few moments of blessed peace and quiet – it featured a bespectacled little boy named Jay, happily and silently munching at a plate full of Superfries. The[Read More…]

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Canada: Future without McCain plant pondered by Prince Edward Island farmers

Farmers who grow potatoes for McCain are wondering where their crop will go after the McCain plant on Prince Edward Island shuts down. Twenty-three farmers currently sell to the P.E.I. plant, which is closing at the end of the month. Their contracts with McCain for this year will be honoured, but the future is uncertain. More

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McCain names new Canadian President

McCain Foods Limited announced today the appointment of Shai Altman as President, Canada, effective October 20, 2014. Altman will assume full responsibility for the Canadian business. He brings to McCain more than 15 years of leadership experience in both mature and developing markets with expertise in the development and direction of growth strategies. Source: See on – Potato[Read More…]

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Global and China potato chips industry 2014

The report firstly introduced Potato Chips basic information included Potato  Chips definition classification application industry chain structure industry  overview; international market analysis, China domestic market analysis,  Macroeconomic environment and economic situation analysis and influence, Potato  Chips industry policy and plan, Potato Chips product specification,  manufacturing process, product cost structure etc. Source: See on – Potato News

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US: Simplot decommissions plant

The J.R. Simplot Co. is decommissioning its potato-processing plant in Aberdeen in Bingham County. The Boise agribusiness says all processing work there ended over the Labor Day weekend. Simplot spokesman David Cuoio said it could take days or weeks to decommission the plant and pack up the remaining products. Although most of the employees have been laid off, there were[Read More…]

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McCain Foods names Labrie Farms as its Champion Grower

McCain Foods named Labrie Farms its Champion Grower and recognized its top 10 potato growers at the annual McCain Grower Barbecue on Aug. 28 at the Aroostook County Shiners’ Club in Presque Isle. McCain has a potato processing plant in Easton. Almost 300 guests celebrated the top growers and their achievements, according to a press release from McCain, whose global[Read More…]

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‘Short fries are healthier’

Eat short fries! That’s the outcome of studies reported on by German magazine ‘GEO’ in its September edition. Because in order to meet the currently very high demand for extra long fries, the soil has to be fertilized longer: the thick potatoes need more time to grow, overly exhausting the soil, German website reports. Source: See on[Read More…]

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High-protein chips satisfy crunchy and salty cravings

Quest Nutrition introduces the world’s first high-protein snack potato chip, offering consumers a revolutionary potato chip experience that’s actually good for you instead of being just “less bad.” Two years in development, each personal-size (32g) bag of Quest Protein Chips boasts 21g of high-quality whey- and milk-based proteins and only 5g of carbohydrates. Source: See on – Potato[Read More…]

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UK: No great change to acrylamide and furan levels, says FSA safety report

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) detects ‘no significant change or discernible trends’ across many food categories for process contaminants acrylamide and furan. The report looked at acrylamide and furan levels in 556 UK retail foodstuffs obtained over the period November 2011 – December 2013. The highest mean concentrations of acrylamide (500 micrograms per kilogram) were detected in popped crisps,[Read More…]

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Global potato chips market will be worth $33,648.2 million by 2018

This new report elaborates on the potato chips market that consists of retail sales of bagged snack products produced directly from cuts of potatoes, and does not include reconstituted potato snacks. Global Potato Chips industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market share, market size (value and volume 2009-13, and forecast to 2018). The profile also contains[Read More…]

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