Processing, fries, chips

Canada: Scientists strive to produce perfect potato for chips

Potatoes bred to make great potato chips were the feature attraction at the annual unveiling of new potato varieties at the federal Potato Research Centre in Fredericton this week. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada estimates potato chips could be a $1.7 billion industry in Canada by the end of 2016. Research scientist Benoit Bizimungu says the new varieties should suit the industry.[Read More…]

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Trends: Healthy fries

Fries are undeniably one of the most important food products in the world. As health-conscious consumers are continuously increasing in numbers, the producers are focusing more and more on providing healthy fries. People ordered over eight billion servings of fries over the last year in fast-foods and restaurants in the US, according to the NPD Group. Moreover, fries make for[Read More…]

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Belaya Dacha, Farm Frites in joint venture to supply McDonalds with fries throughout Russia

Agricultural producer Belaya Dacha is ready to begin construction of a factory in the Lipetsk region that will supply french fries to McDonald’s fast food restaurants throughout Russia, Vedomosti reported Friday. Belaya Dacha will work with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which will have 35 percent of the venture, and Dutch potato farmer Farm Frites, which will be[Read More…]

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UK: Volume sales of potatoes down, exports up

Potato Council in the UK has published its latest Potato Market Dynamics Report. According to the Report, Over 2013, volume sales of potatoes have fallen. In the latest 52 weeks, volume sold were 8% behind last year, equivalent to 133,000 fewer tonnes. Of the three main categories, economy have accounted for more than half of the total market volume drop[Read More…]

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Farm Frites launches Patatas Bravas potato cubes for pubs

Potato specialist Farm Frites has launched Patatas Bravas potato cubes, which it recommends can be topped with everything from chorizo to seasonings. Positioned as a side dish, recipe ingredient, sharing option to be served with dips or even as part of a child’s roast dinner, the consistently-sized large cubes can be cooked in 15 to 20 minutes, deep fried in[Read More…]

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Australia: McCain Foods, Victoria potato growers fixing ‘strained relationship’

McCain Foods agriculture director John Jackson has admitted the company’s relationship with Victoria’s potato growers has been damaged in recent years. However, the prosperity of McCain and the growers were intertwined, he said, and they needed a more co-operative relationship to survive against pressure from imports. Mr Jackson became McCain’s agriculture director – a national role based in Ballarat –[Read More…]

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‘Research and Markets’: Prefeasibility Report on setting up a potato starch processing plant

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Prefeasibility Report on a Potato Starch Processing Plant” report to their offering. The Report provides a techno-commercial roadmap for setting up a potato starch processing plant. The study, which has been done by one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms, covers all the requisite aspects of the potato starch[Read More…]

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British potato grower best seed supplier for Pepsico in Europe

A major international award recognising Europe’s best seed potato supplier has been won for the second successive year by a farmer in north Northumberland. The Best Supplier Performance from US multinational PepsiCo – parent company of Walkers Crisps, Quaker, Tropicana and Copella – has gone to David Humphreys, representing Greenseed International. Judging is based on a tough list of key[Read More…]

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UK: Potato Council publishes Foodservice Market Update report

According to Potato Council’s latest report on Foodservice Markets (published in January), during the period Oct 2012 to Sept 2013 British consumers bought fewer items when eating out and they also ate out slightly less than last year. Over the year, Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) posted an uplift in total spend, driven by higher prices per item. However, visits remained[Read More…]

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India: Vegit eyes 25% growth in FY’15, plans expansion

Vegit, the agro division of the Rs 950 crore Merino Group which offers ready-to-cook packaged foods, is eyeing 25 per cent revenue growth in the next financial year. “We are expecting a growth of 25 per cent on the back of our continuous addition to product portfolio,” Merino Industries Regional head Madan Singi said. Vegit began with potato flakes and[Read More…]

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België trots op positie fritesverwerking

Het is volgens Romain Cools van Belgapom prachtig dat België als land van ‘de frietkot’ nu ook het land is met de grootste aardappelverwerkende industrie. Waar Nederland de afgelopen jaren is blijven steken op een verwerkingscijfer van 3,5 miljoen ton, groeide België door van 3 miljoen ton in 2009 naar meer dan 4 miljoen ton verwerkte aardappelen in 2013. Duitsland[Read More…]

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Are potato crisps a risk to health?

The Belgian consumers’ organisation Test Aankoop has issued a warning in connection with high levels of acrylamide that occur in Belgian food stuffs. The consumers’ organisation warns that acrylamide levels in potato crisps are too high. Test Aankoop examined 46 samples of crisps, 10 samples of crisp bread and 9 portions of home-baked chips. Acrylamide levels were compared with the[Read More…]

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US: How big food uses hunger triggers

The old Lay’s Potato Chip challenge, “Betcha can’t eat just one” was not only a testament to the salty-crunchy deliciousness of the chips, it was also an unknowing hat tip to the ingrained human tendency to eat more than is probably good for you, at least in the 21st century. Ever notice how, even if you’re not really hungry, taking[Read More…]

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Kettle Foods takes 70% reduced-fat baked line to UK

Kettle Foods is tackling new ground in the UK with small pack, better-for-you baked potato chips and says the new line plugs a market gap. The premium chip company, better known for indulgent share-size snacks, has developed two varieties of baked potato chips that contain less than 100 calories per 25g bag and boast a 70% fat reduction, compared to[Read More…]

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Canada: Chip waste to biogas is viable, says Naturally Homegrown Foods

Potato chip waste converted into biogas to fuel production is a viable, eco-friendly waste reduction plan that other snack makers should consider, says the president of Naturally Homegrown Foods. he Canadian premium potato chip company that makes Hardbite potato chips has initiated a waste reduction plan that uses chip, potato and oil waste to make biogas that then fuels the[Read More…]

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US Potato Board: Prepared potato dishes produce stronger results

At the core of the United States Potato Board (USPB) retail program is the mandate to enable retailers to reconnect the potato category with their customers by identifying what appeals most to their shoppers. Sometimes the insights seem so intuitive, even if the practice isn’t widely known, such as recent study findings:  ads that feature prepared potato images are much[Read More…]

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UK: McCain launches ready baked jacket potatoes with flavoured ad

McCain “planted” giant 3D baked potatoes in 10 bus shelters as part of the UK advertising campaign for its newly launched Ready Baked Jackets. Bus stations in 10 UK cities do not only host the giant spuds, but also their flavour: waiting passengers will be able to smell freshly baked potatoes at the touch of a button on the poster’s[Read More…]

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Promoting Potatoes – The American Way

Currently, the United States Potato Board (USPB) represents more than 2,500 potato growers and handlers in the United States, and nearly 100 members from across the country serve on the board. A long-range plan developed by the board is based on insights acquired through extensive industry input as well as a comprehensive marketing and consumer research program. USPB’s domestic and[Read More…]

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Pre-feasibility Report on setting up a potato chips manufacturing plant

Prefeasibility Report on a Potato Chips Manufacturing Plant provides a techno-commercial roadmap for setting up a potato chips manufacturing plant. The study, which has been done by one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms, covers all the requisite aspects of the potato chips industry. This ranges from macro overview of the market to micro details of the industry[Read More…]

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India: Sizzling business of french fries; sales up 30%

A market that’s growing 30% annually, and can grow even faster, a business big enough to accommodate giant western MNCs and small Indian startups, a supply chain that allows mouth-watering margins to all players and a product that many consumers, adults or children, find addictive – selling frozen French fries in India is a sizzling business that’s set to sizzle[Read More…]

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US: Future of Simplot potato processing plant in Aberdeen unclear

The J.R. Simplot Company is planning to close its potato processing plant in Aberdeen this year, but it’s not yet clear as to when that will happen, nor has the company decided what to do with the facility in the future. “There are no specific plans at this time for the Aberdeen plant structures,” said David Cuoio, spokesperson for the[Read More…]

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Aviko neemt belang in Duits bedrijf

Aardappelverwerker Aviko heeft overeenstemming bereikt over de overname van een meerderheidsaandeel in het Beierse familiebedrijf Amberger uit Oberdolling. Aviko investeert daarmee in een verdere verbetering van haar positie in de Duitse en Oostenrijkse Foodservice markt. De overeenkomst is onder voorbehoud van goedkeuring door de Duitse toezichthouder. Duitsland en Oostenrijk zijn belangrijke markten voor Aviko. Met de overname voegt de verwerker[Read More…]

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