Americas, the largest market for potato chips

The potato chips market in the Americas is growing steadily, as supermarkets and hypermarkets accounted for 77% of the total sales of potato chips in the US in 2015, according to the research company Technavio. The acceptance of quick meals such as burgers and sandwiches is one of the major factors driving the market in the Americas. Chips are widely accepted[Read[Read More…]

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Potato Growers Association of Western Australia looks to Jakarta for new market

The Potato Growers Association of Western Australia is in early discussions with companies in Jakarta to try fill a market gap created by the closure of the state’s only crisp manufacturer. Smiths announced last September it would be shutting the doors on its Canning Vale snack foods manufacturing plant this year. The news left about a dozen WA potato growers in Busselton,[Read[Read More…]

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California new potato crop finding good demand

The two big stories out of California’s Kern County potato deal this year are that there is a fairly good market and there are no russet potatoes. The russet deal, which was the core of the California fresh potato industry for decades, has been in decline for 20 years and finally it is no more. A survey of the acreage revealed[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato giant has to dig deep for innovative new ideas after profits plummet 75%

A fall in the popularity of potatoes among health-conscious consumers contributed to a 75% slump in pre-tax profits at Wilson’s Country. Results for the year ending July 25, 2015 revealed the potato giant’s turnover fell by around £2m due to “challenging market conditions” for pre-packed and peeled potatoes. Wilson’s, which is based in Craigavon, said the fall in turnover “mirrored the market”, citing[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho potato retail display contest awards record cash prizes

The Idaho Potato Commission awarded a record amount of cash and prizes for its 25th annual retail display contest. The Eagle-based organization doubled the number of award levels and awarded more than $200,000 to winning entries from more than 5,000 retail stores, according to a news release. A Raleys store in Reno, Nev., won first place in the stores with 10 or[Read[Read More…]

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Australia: McDonald’s staff underpaid at least $50m a year, investigation finds

AN investigation into Australia’s second largest employer — McDonald’s — has found the fast food giant cut a deal that left staff seriously out of pocket. The deal between Macca’s and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA), signed in 2013, affects young workers who earn as little as $10.08 an hour. Collectively, Australian staff are worse off by[Read[Read More…]

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Australia: China’s Chevalier burns $148m in mashed potato play

How could a company with 23 per cent of Australia’s $625 million potato market go bust? Experts point to razor thin margins and the enormous power of supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles as a large part of the problem for a business which three years ago was making $36 million in profits when Chinese conglomerate Chevalier Group bought a 70 per cent[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s is giving away gold fries in Japan

For its newest stunt, McDonald’s is stooping to actual gold, apparently hoping the material known for its ability to cause amnesia about any food’s taste defects will work its magic on Japanese customers. The chain says it’s going to award a special box of gold fries to a lucky customer, though outside of a single picture, the chain is offering[Read[Read More…]

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Australia: Woolworths sees no spud shortage as Chinese-owned potato player collapses

Woolworths says there will be no potato shortage in its 960 supermarkets after the collapse of Australia’s biggest potato supplier, as rival Coles says it can’t be blamed because Oakville Produce isn’t a material supplier. Oakville Produce, Australia’s biggest supplier of potatoes and onions with a fresh potato market share of 23 per cent in the $625 million industry, went into[Read[Read More…]

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Tyrrells grows European presence with acquisition of Germany’s Aroma Snacks

Fast-growing UK potato chip supplier Tyrrells has acquired German organic chips business Aroma Snacks. The deal comes nine months after Tyrrells made its first overseas acquisition by taking over Australian organic snacks company Yarra Valley Snack Foods. Tyrrells, which was founded in 2002 by farmer and entrepreneur William Chase, exports to more than 37 countries. Tyrrells described Aroma Snacks, which sells products[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Welsh potato supplier unearths growth

Pembrokeshire-based Puffin Produce, which supplies potatoes and other vegetables to major supermarkets across Wales, has reported growth in turnover and pre-tax profit, boosted by a growing customer base and investment in the business. The company, headquartered at Withybush in Haverfordwest, was founded in 1995 and evolved from the Pembrokeshire Potato Marketing Group, a growers’ co-operative formed during the 1970s. It currently packs[Read[Read More…]

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UK: McDonald’s to serve up Samsung Galaxy tablets with your fries

The next time you step under the Golden Arches you might find more gadgetry than you’d expect. McDonald’s has just announced a rollout of Samsung Galaxy tablets in UK restaurants following a new partnership with mobile firm SOTI. This means you’ll soon be able to get to grips with in-store games, use social media, and browse the web, as part of the chain’s ambition to provide the[Read[Read More…]

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US: New chip line using avocado oil said to be ‘runaway success’

There are just three ingredients in a new crunchy treat made by a Wyoming County farmer. Potatoes, sea salt and avocado oil. It’s the oil that separates Marquart Bros. New York Chips from the countless other bags and brands currently on shelves. “This will taste like a french fry when you eat it,” said Adam Marquart, a 39-year-old who graduated from Niagara University with[Read[Read More…]

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McDonalds CRM effort won’t work

McDonalds is preparing to launch a full-scale CRM program later this year or early next year, according to a much-quoted report in Nation’s Restaurant News. It’s a solid report (full disclosure: I penned quite a few pieces for NRN a few years back), but McDonald’s may just prove to be a great case study for when a CRM program costs[Read[Read More…]

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Corkers set to expand demand in Ireland

Crisp producer Corkers is celebrating a surge in demand for its products in Ireland. The firm has become the subject of a Twitter campaign in Ireland calling for “Cork to sell more Corkers’”, started by a consumer who found the products weren’t stocked by enough retailers in the city. To help the campaign, Pymoor based Corkers has been offering a[Read[Read More…]

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You can now get potato chip flavored soda in Japan

Potato chips and soda are two of the most beloved junk foods in the world. Someone at Japan-based beverage maker Kimura Drink thought so too, and decided, Why not put the two together? And so it was. Kimura Drink, which previously made eel-flavored cola, paired up with Japanese video game maker Namco to produce the potato-chip flavored soda, according to[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland’s favorite potato is coming to Canada – Albert Bartlett’s Rooster potatoes

People in Atlantic Canada looking for a taste of Ireland will be able to buy that country’s most popular potato starting on St. Patrick’s Day. Prince Edward Island Potato company W.P. Griffin Inc. has announced the launch of “Ireland’s Favorite Potato” in Canada, just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2016. John Griffin, General Manager W.P. Griffin Inc: ‘We have[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato industry teams with United Fresh Start Foundation to move salad bars to schools

Inspired by the United Fresh Start Foundation’s efforts to get the produce industry involved in the Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, the CEO of the United States Potato Board, Blair Richardson, challenged the potato industry to donate salad bars to 300 schools each year, as part of the program. The Board leadership approved using assessment funds to match every salad[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato industry challenged to give 300 salad bars per year

With the potato industry already supplying more salad bars to the Let’s Move Salad Bars to School Initiative than any other produce sector, Blair Richardson of the U.S. Potato Board wants to aim even higher. With 180 salad bars placed in schools by the potato industry so far, Richardson, CEO of the Denver-based U.S. Potato Board, challenged to potato industry to[Read[Read More…]

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Healthy trends, convenience sustaining $22 billion U.S. salty snacks market

When it comes to snacking, consumers want it all. They want indulgent salty snacks, but they want them to be healthier as well. Threading the salty-but-healthy snack combination is a major key in appealing to consumers over the next few years, according market research publisher Packaged Facts in the brand new report Salty Snacks in the U.S., 4th Edition. To date,[Read[Read More…]

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US: Red potatoes bucking trend, experiencing rise in sales

While potato industry officials say 2015 was a slower year for sales of fresh Maine potatoes, one variety did buck the trend — red potatoes. Of the more than 20 varieties of potatoes planted by growers across the state, the russet burbank is the most popular. But the fresh potato category finished 2015 with sales volume down 2.2 percent overall[Read[Read More…]

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New awards hail potato as ‘mighty’ not ‘humble’

The inaugural Mighty Spud Awards 2016 has been launched in Northern Ireland to help support the region’s potato industry. With four nomination categories – Mightiest Chip, Mightiest Mash, Mightiest Potato Innovation and Mightiest Healthy Potato Dish – the awards will be judged by a panel including BBC chef Paula McIntyre, Food Northern Ireland’s Michele Shirlow, Angus Wilson, chairman of Wilson Potatoes,[Read[Read More…]

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