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[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[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[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: www.perishablenews.comSee on – Global Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Venezuela’s bizarre response to McDonald’s running out of french fries

Venezuela’s leaders aren’t taking the ongoing McDonald’s french fry shortage in their country too well. Publicly sponsored news outlets, government officials, and even the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, have all responded to McDonald’s unthinkable french fry shortage, which spans all 100 outlets in the country, by publicly criticizing the chain, and its french fries. One of the loudest responses came[Read[Read More…]

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New Zealand: Wet spring upsets potato chip supply

Supermarkets are keeping a close eye on chip supplies, with a potato shortage threatening to leave shelves bare. Bad spring weather meant new season potato crops were down by 20 per cent compared to last year. One of New Zealand’s largest chip producers – Eta Snack Foods – was unable to comment last night, but the company had posted a[Read[Read More…]

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US: Grafted tomato-potato plant yields ‘ketchup ‘n’ fries’

A Western Oregon mail order company has begun selling what might become the No. 1 conversation starter of Northwest garden parties this summer. It’s a grafted vegetable plant that produces potatoes and tomatoes at the same time. Cottage Grove, Oregon-based wholesale nursery Log House Plants and SuperNaturals Grafted Vegetables LLC licensed the dual tomato-potato from Europe. A video shows how[Read[Read More…]

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US: Innovations drive fresh look at potatoes for Potandon

Ralph Schwartz, vice president of marketing, sales and innovation for Potandon Produce LLC, said strong messaging is reversing the bad rap fresh potatoes have suffered. “Over the years, the potato industry has received negative press from outside groups on potato nutrition. Potandon These reports almost always are subjective as they include other items added to potato meals or cooking techniques[Read[Read More…]

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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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