UK: Potato growers still have their problems to face

Potato growing is on such a large, professional scale now that it’s easy to forget that growers with hundreds, even thousands, of acres still run into the same problems we had when many of us grew only a dozen or so acres. Two autumns ago, the greatest problem was harvesting in almost continuous mud and rain. This year, the problem[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Commodities outlook 2015 – Potatoes

Good growing conditions and lacklustre demand resulted in depressed market prices in 2014, leaving many producers reassessing their appetite for potato production in the year ahead. According to Andersons director Jay Wootton, one the main drivers in the UK potato industry is changing consumer habits. “Ironically the humble potato can feature at either end of the convenience scale,” he says.[Read[Read More…]

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Scotland: Tattie farmers at breaking point over poor prices

Scottish tattie growers have warned they could be forced to call it a day if market conditions don’t improve. The warning from NFU Scotland comes at a time when supermarkets are selling potatoes for a retail price of between £500 and £1,500 tonne, while farmers are only receiving an average of £50 a tonne for their produce. The union says[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Asda supply arm IPL lines up potato deals with Fenmarc and QV

Asda’s direct sourcing arm IPL is in exclusive negotiations to buy the potato assets of veg supplier Fenmarc, The Grocer can reveal. IPL expects the acquisition to be concluded by mid-January. As part of the deal, it will buy Fenmarc’s sites at Westry in Cambridgeshire and Southery in Norfolk as well as all plant, equipment and related consumer, supplier and[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s transparency campaign failing with the McRib and french fries, why is that?

Earlier this year, McDonald’s started to suffer the after-effects for the lack of transparency when it comes to their food. The True Activist provided insight on the two popular McDonald’s products with details why they are either omitted or generalized in the campaign. The first is McDonald’s french fries. If these fries are truly organic and healthy, they would consist[Read[Read More…]

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US: Will new genetically-modified potato gain respectability?

Federal agricultural regulators have approved a new genetically modified potato for American farmers to grow that’s aimed at the fast-food market. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision involved the potato identified as Innate, developed by the J.R. Simplot Company, a major supplier to McDonald’s. Innate it is the first GMO potato approved by the USDA that wasn’t created by[Read[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: www.foodbev.comSee on – Global Potato News You are[Read More…]

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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[Read More…]

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UK: Seasonal new potatoes, fresh from Italy, hit supermarket shelves

Branston, one of the UK’s largest potato suppliers, will this week unveil their fresh new season crop of fluffy skinned potatoes exclusively supplied from a small grower in Italy across Tesco stores nationwide. The seasonal new potatoes are imported into the country from the Puglia region where they are grown on a narrow 10-mile coastal strip, often no more than[Read[Read More…]

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Northern Ireland: Concerns that retailers are selling ‘last season’ potatoes in value packs

There is concern among Northern Ireland farmers that certain packers are using last season’s potatoes, which are appearing in value packs on the supermarket shelves. Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) Potato Committee Chairman Adrian Jamison says this is not only affecting producers but it is misleading the consumer as they think they are purchasing fresh, in-season, quality potatoes. Source: See[Read[Read More…]

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Large Idaho spuds for foodservice could be limited

Smaller sizing could affect foodservice sales for some grower-shippers, but others are bullish on category growth in 2014-15. The wet, cool August that limited the size of some Idaho potatoes could make it harder to keep foodservice customers supplied, said Ryan Wahlen, sales manager of Pleasant Valley Potatoes Inc. Early in the new-crop deal Pleasant Valley had just one-third the[Read[Read More…]

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US frozen potatoes gain greater retail presence in Mexico

US frozen potato products have been consolidating their presence in Mexico’s retail chains over the past few years, thanks to efforts by the United States Potato Board (USPB) to develop this market sector. Most major retail chains now utilize US frozen potatoes as their primary source, and the vast majority of smaller chains do as well. More recently, the USPB[Read[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[Read More…]

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Brazil: Mix Potato plans on expanding franchises into US and Arab markets

Brazilian franchise chain Mix Potato, whose flagship product is stuffed potatoes, plans on expanding into the Arab market. The brand has 72 restaurants in Brazil and will start going international next year. In Miami, the company will open an office in January and a store in March. Also in March, it will inaugurate two franchises, in Phoenix, Arizona and the[Read[Read More…]

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US: Wada Farms introduces two new potato products

Wada Farms Potatoes Inc. in Pingree, ID, whose potatoes are marketed by Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC in Idaho Falls, ID, has for several years been putting a lot of emphasis on developing innovative potato products. This fall, Wada Farms is introducing two new product lines, according to Chris Wada, director of marketing at Wada Farms Marketing. One is called[Read[Read More…]

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US: Hot potato – Lowly spuds are trendier than ever

The lowly potato is quickly climbing the trendy food ladder. Burger Business says the quick-service chains are not adding “new creative entrees” to their menus, except when it comes to fries. Let’s face it: potatoes are cheap to buy and profitable to sell. To make even more money selling them, restaurant owners are adding spices (even McDonald’s is testing this[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato app ‘could be used for crop traceability’

A potato merchant in the UK has created a mobile app that allows retailers and processors – and potentially consumers – to access crop traceability data. Phillip Kemp, founder of Mercian, had initially developed the app to make “our life easier” when planning deliveries. It had evolved into a “comprehensive potato traceability scheme,” said Kemp, allowing buyers to access a[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato sales fall thanks to promotional spike

Potato value sales have fallen for the first time since early 2012, as a huge spike in promotional activity has weighed down prices. According to the Potato Council, 40% of all fresh potatoes were sold on deal compared with 14% a year ago. This contributed to average prices falling by 9.9% and value by 12.3% over the period.Source: on[Read[Read More…]

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US: Concerns about potato consumption

Potato sales for U.S. growers pose interesting questions. Eighteen percent of the crop is exported, but statistics on domestic potato consumption create a mystery, according to Mike Carter, co-chair of the domestic marketing committee for the U.S. Potato Board and a member of the board’s executive committee. Carter, who is also the chief executive officer of Bushmans’ Inc., located in[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato advertising campaign set to drive sales

Potato Council embarks on a high profile consumer advertising and PR drive worth £370k. Set to reach 6.9 million families, advertisements will appear in key lifestyle titles such as Grazia, Hello, Heat and Closer, as well as food magazines including BBC Good Food, Delicious, Easy Cook and Weightwatchers. This will be supported by banner advertising across high traffic website sites[Read[Read More…]

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US: Fresh Solutions Network launches branded spud line

San Francisco-based Fresh Solutions Network LLC has launched the Side Delights brand of fresh potato products. The company plans to rebrand many of its existing offerings. The Side Delights name is based on extensive consumer testing and that 80% of fresh potatoes are eaten as side dishes, according to the release. The packaging incorporates U.S. Potato Board research that found[Read[Read More…]

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Australia: Potato industry push for national marketing campaign

Australians have turned their back on potatoes in favour of ‘trendier’ carbohydrates, according to an industry body. Potatoes South Australia chief executive Robbie Davis says potatoes are widely considered fattening, high in bad carbohydrates, inconvenient and boring. Due to a lack of national marketing, Ms Davis says rice and pasta have become the more popular choice amongst consumers.Source: on[Read[Read More…]

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