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Signs of a recovery in the Canadian french-fry business

While the rest of the agriculture sector nervously eyes the oil melt-down, the Canadian potato industry might actually be poised for a comeback. There may be early signs of hope. The U.S. recovery has taken hold and consumers have begun to spend again — including buying fries at quick-serve restaurants. Oil prices have plummeted, dragging down the Canadian dollar. Will[Read[Read More…]

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Germany: Demand for potatoes drops even further

The nice summer weather has a negative influence on the demand for potatoes on the German market. This, states Carsten Berger of the Hamburger potato wholesaler “Carsten Berger Kartoffelhandel”. “With temperatures of around 40 degrees the is demand low,” says the wholesaler. Prices, especially for new potatoes are high, explains Berger. “Prices for new produce is relatively high while the[Read[Read More…]

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The potato chip frenzy in Korea

A frenzy over a potato chip in South Korea isn’t letting up. Nearly a year after its launch, Honey Butter Chip remains a wildly popular and difficult-to-track-down snack in South Korea. Some retailers say they have introduced rationing, limiting customers to a few bags to prevent hoarding. Local news media have featured stories of stores trying to prevent fights between[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Heinz factory to reopen under new Albert Bartlett owners

Farmers are welcoming the news the former Heinz factory near North Walsham will be producing potato-based products from this September following a four-month closure. The Westwick factory, which closed at the end of April this year, was bought by Scottish-based Albert Bartlett whose Rooster brand potatoes are widely sold in UK supermarkets. More than 100 members of Aylsham Agricultural Show[Read[Read More…]

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Company seeking exclusive right to sell square crisps in Denmark

A Danish company has gone to court to try to stop a rival from making square-shaped crisps, it’s reported. Snack manufacturer Kims (Chips AB) has been selling the square, ridged Snack Chips for almost three decades in Denmark. But this year saw the arrival of a competitor crisp – Taffel’s Super Snacks (Intersnack), which are a similar shape and size.[Read[Read More…]

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McCain Hellas: An economic crisis never seen before in Greece

Georges Ghonos, the managing director of McCain Hellas, the Greek division of Canada’s McCain Foods, is a pickpocket’s dream. His black, leather wallet is as thick as a hockey puck. That’s because it is stuffed with €1,200 ($1,670) in cash. “The banks are shut and I need to give some cash to my wife so she can get to the island,”[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Prince Edward Island potato farmers worry about cost of installing metal detectors

A group of Prince Edward Island farmers who sell potatoes to the same buyer says it doesn’t makes sense for each to install metal detectors to screen for metal objects. They want government funds dedicated for the screening to go toward metal detectors at the central location where their potatoes are unloaded. But because that is in Nova Scotia, the funding may not[Read[Read More…]

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Dörr follows new trend: packaging potatoes in cardboard trays

It is becoming more and more popular to package potatoes in cardboard trays. The trays come in the consumer measured quantities of one, one and a half and two kilos. Dörr Kampen is following this trend closely with their denesting machine. The new generation of Dörr denesting machines feature a specially designed vacuum gripper for stacking the trays. You are unauthorized[Read More…]

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On farm-vertising: How fast-food chains have gone small to sell big

Modern markets have found that we like to know we can trace our grocery-store buys back to a human being and a specific, even though we know little more about them than their names. Call it farm-vertising. These ads promise to demonstrate that fast food isn’t the product of a global industrial complex shipping food in to a central processing kitchen and[Read[Read More…]

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Finns warned: Expect to pay more for potatoes this summer

The coldest start to the summer in half a century has delayed the onset of the new potato harvest, meaning that the beloved home-grown staple will prove costlier for shoppers, and less profitable for farmers. As if the chilly midsummer conditions weren’t enough to contend with, Finns are now also facing higher prices for their beloved home-grown new potatoes this[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato growers agree to settle class-action antitrust lawsuit from grocers for $25 million

A federal judge has signed off on a $25 million settlement in a lawsuit between wholesale grocers and potato farming associations accused of forming a price-fixing cartel. Associated Wholesale Grocers filed the class-action lawsuit in 2010, contending that potato growers in Idaho and elsewhere conspired to raise prices by restricting the number of acres planted and taking other steps to limit[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s diners are still staying away in droves

The world’s largest restaurant chain has reported another month of poor U.S. sales. The much hoped for McDonald’s turnaround can’t come soon enough. The struggling hamburger chain reported that comparable sales in its biggest market, the United States, fell 2.2% in May, much worse than the 1.7% Wall Street analysts were anticipating, according to Consensus Metrix. This is the last[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland: Former Tesco potato supplier fails to have action against supermarket fast-tracked

A former potato supplier to supermarket giant Tesco has failed to have an action for alleged breach of contract and personal injuries entered into the fast track Commercial Court list. Paul Sweeney, trading as Paul Sweeney & Co, Newcastle, Co Dublin, is suing Tesco Ireland claiming he spent millions between 1998 and 2006 investing in facilities based on an agreement[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: More nails found in Russet potatoes

In another instance of food tampering, a couple in Halifax’s supper was spoiled over the weekend when a woman spotted a 2-inch nail embedded inside one of their potatoes. Ray Clarke says he couldn’t believe it. “It makes me shiver to think of anyone who would do the likes of this, and that could cause grave damage to anybody. If you sunk[Read[Read More…]

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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[Read More…]

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Orange flavored potato chips return to Japanese convenience stores

During December of 2014, Japanese snack maker Koikeya released a line of orange-flavored potato chips. The chips proved to be a surprise hit at Japanese convenience stores, and as of June 01, 2015, Koikeya will be resurrecting the popular fruit flavor. More You are unauthorized to view this page.

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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[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[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[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[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[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[Read More…]

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