US: Cape Cod will stash $60,000 into bags of potato chips this summer

One dozen lucky Cape Cod® fans will become $5,000 richer this summer with the start of the potato chip brand’s Ridiculously Good Bags of Cash giveaway. Beginning today through September 30, 2015, Cape Cod®, known for its kettle cooked potato chips with distinct flavors and a hearty crunch, will roll out specially marked bags of chips across the country in[Read More…]

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UK: Potato sales struggle – but Aldi sees success

The amount shoppers spend on potatoes is continuing to fall across all UK retailers – with the exception of Aldi. UK consumers bought slightly fewer fresh potatoes in the 12 weeks to 29 March compared with the year before, but spent 14.4% less according to retail analysts Kantar World Panel. With a supply-demand imbalance in the potato market, the value[Read More…]

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South Korea: Popular chip the cause of a 122% rise in potato prices

Potato prices in South Korea more than doubled in April from a year earlier amid the continued popularity of honey-flavored potato chips among local consumers, industry data showed Monday. The wholesale price of a 20-kilogram box of white-skinned superior potatoes, a variety that suits chips, came to 49,568 won (US$45.85) last month, up 122 percent from 22,295 won a year earlier,[Read More…]

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US: Conventional growers make organic switch with spuds

Offering organic potatoes is a winning move for some conventional grower-shippers. Idaho Falls, Idaho-based Potandon Produce LLC has put its own brand on a line of organic potatoes that hit the market in February. Red, russet and yellow potatoes are packed in 3-pound poly bags and distributed from sites in Ohio, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Washington. Bancroft, Wis.-based RPE says its three organic[Read More…]

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First potato brand in Belgium

Pomuni, marketer of potatoes in Belgium will introduce a new product in the summer of 2015: Princesse Amandine, the first potato brand to be introduced in Belgium, a concept that’s been for sale in France for five years now. Damien De Koninck, one of the people behind the success of the Pink Lady apple, is also responsible for the Princesse Amandine strategy.[Read More…]

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US: New Chipperbec™ non-GMO California chipping potatoes now available

Allied Potato Inc., a premier grower and distributor of chipping potatoes in conjunction with Frost Potato Co-Op are proud to announce their new Chipperbec™ branded chipping potatoes for foodservice operators and processors across the country. “The 2015 fresh potato harvest has just started in California and the quality of our new Chipperbec™ branded potatoes is looking excellent.” said Matt Hornbuckle,[Read More…]

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Two international awards for Scotland’s first potato vodka producer

Scotland’s first potato vodka producer has won two major awards after only three months on the market. Ogilvy Vodka was selected out of more than 1,500 entrants at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition winning a double gold medal for packaging and a silver for spirit. Graeme Jarron, founder of Ogilvy Spirits, said: “We grow the potatoes on the farm so have[Read More…]

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US: McDonald’s gives workers a raise, some say it’s not enough

McDonald’s is once again a target for criticism. This time for giving raises to 90,000 of its hourly-wage workers. Critics charge that the vast majority of McDonald’s workers will not see the higher wages. Effective July 1, starting wages at 1,500 McDonald’s-owned restaurants will be at least $1 an hour more than the minimum wage set by local law. But[Read More…]

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Potato is still favourite for Aussies

Research has confirmed what we already know: Aussies love a good potato. The average Australian eats potato about 14 times per month, according to the latest wave of the Potato Tracker project. Additionally, potatoes are also in the top five most purchased vegetables among respondents, and still regarded as good value for money. Report

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UK: McCain Foods debuts in frozen mashed potato

McCain Foods has rolled out its first frozen mashed potato as part of a raft of NPD designed for mid-week dinners. The microwaveable Mashed Potato, available now, comes in 650g packs containing small frozen pieces that can be heated up in three minutes. The mash is joined in freezers by four other new products including limited-edition American BBQ Wedges and two flavoured fries[Read More…]

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UK: The creative thinking behind the development of McCain Ready Baked Jackets

Some of Britain’s most successful brands have teamed up to produce a series of behind-the-scenes short-films that aim to build awareness of the people and processes involved in creating the food and drink on sale today. In this film McCain Foods’ Corporate Affairs Director in the UK, Bill Bartlett, describes the consumer insight and technical innovation behind the development of[Read More…]

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McDonalds seeking its fast-food soul

McDonald’s is having an identity crisis. Its core customers still line up at the drive-through window for cheap, quick cups of coffee and hash browns. But the company is also trying to appeal to more finicky eaters who have moved on to upstart competitors like Smashburger and Chipotle, which market their quality ingredients and food customization. Full story

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The strangest McDonald’s menus around the world revealed

Malaysia has its Prosperity Burger, the Indians tuck into McCurry Pan and in Israel there’s the ever-popular McKebab. And now McDonald’s has a new, rather decadent addition to its South Korean restaurant menu – Honey Butter French Fries. It’s the latest international addition to the Golden Arches’ ever-evolving foreign offerings. China, Taiwan and Hong Kong take the the Ying-Yang vibe[Read More…]

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Ohio town potato chip company looking to expand nationally

A family-owned potato chip company is looking to no longer be the best kept secret of Northwest Ohio. Ballreich Bros. is looking to expand their distribution nationwide, and are being marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional potato chips. Ballreich is based in Tiffin, Ohio – a town nearly an hour outside of Toledo – and has signed a deal[Read More…]

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Potandon Produce launches a new organic line and a new brand

The first potato line ever launched under the Potandon Produce ™ brand name will soon be available. Potandon Produce™ is proud to announce the launch of its newest brand, Potandon Produce™. For now, the brand will be used to market organic potatoes and will be available this week. “Growth in the organic sector has been double digits for over a decade[Read More…]

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Farming talk: Humble potato contributes £5bn to UK economy

James Daw has been growing potatoes all his life. The equivalent of 850 football pitches of spuds form a substantial part of his Staffordshire farm’s activities. He supplies major British French fries and crisps businesses including McCain and Walkers. This area of the potato sector grew in volume at retail level during 2014 and part of James’ success has been[Read More…]

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US: Finding value in potatoes – Naturally Potatoes’ growth gives hope

Since 2010, sales at Naturally Potatoes in Maine have grown by 15% annually. To accommodate the growth, the company recently doubled its storage-and-production capacity at a cost of $7.5 million, including a $1 million upgrade to the packaging line. Sales last year totaled $35 million, 25% higher than 2013 and more than double sales in 2010. It has 135 workers,[Read More…]

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10 things McDonald’s won’t tell you

In all, McDonald’s serves almost 70 million customers a day spread across 36,000-plus locations. In 2014, such feasting equated to revenue of $27.44 billion – more than the gross domestic product of about 90 individual nations. But these days, things do not appear so golden at the home of the Golden Arches. McDonald’s recently reported that its net income in[Read More…]

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Korea: Nongshim’s new potato chip sets snack sales record

Nongshim Co.’s Sumi Potato Chip Honey-Mustard set a new record for domestic snack sales with 3.6 million bags sold in the first month, the company announced Wednesday. According to the company, 3.6 million bags of the new snack, which was developed in response to Haitai Confectionery Co.’s Honey Butter Chip, have been sold since its launch on Dec. 17. With[Read More…]

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Are people finally getting sick of McDonald’s food?

For the longest time, people have always flocked to McDonald’s to chomp down on its burgers and fries. With billions of people served McDonald’s food since the 1940’s, this fast food restaurant giant has seen tremendous growth world-wide and is a highly recognizable brand. But now it seems like the company has been on a campaign to reverse its image[Read More…]

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UK: Potato price wars hit Produce Investments

Supermarket price wars are taking their toll on Produce Investments, the Berwickshire-based potato grower with an Alternative Investment Market listing. The company said: “Both the value and volume of fresh potato sales have been negatively impacted during the last 12 months. In order to compete with the discounters the big four retailers have had to invest significantly in lower retail[Read More…]

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What are McDonald’s fries really made of?

Are McDonald’s fries even made of potatoes? Why are there 17 ingredients in its fries? The fast-food giant lifted the veil on its fry production line and ingredient list Tuesday to dispel myths about one of its most popular items in two new videos. The fry tour is the latest in a series of segments with former MythBusters star Grant[Read More…]

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Will the US potato industry step up to the challenge?

United States Potato Board (USPB) President & CEO Blair Richardson surprised attendees at the USPB-sponsored Thursday Keynote Luncheon at POTATO EXPO 2015 in Orlando, FL, January 8, 2015, with an industry challenge to install 3,000 potato-friendly salad bars in school lunch programs across the United States. Source: See on – Global Potato News

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