UK: Farm Frites add new gluten free roast potato to range

Potato products supplier Farm Frites has introduced a new gluten-free roast potato to their range of products. The Crispy Roast Potatoes are pre-fried and take 20-25 minutes to cook from frozen.Source: on – Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

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UK: Rescue deal saves jobs at potato supplier

A £9m-turnover pre-packaged potato supplier which works with supermarkets, wholesalers and caterers has fallen into administration after failing to recover from a disastrous harvest in 2012. But administrators at O’Hara & Co have managed to tie up a pre-pack deal for Holme Farm Produce safeguarding jobs and the future of the business. Peter O’Hara and Simon Weir, joint administrators at[Read[Read More…]

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Canadian potato growers eye new opportunities in Mexico

See on – Potato News Mexico opened its border to fresh potatoes from the United States in May, which could significantly boost exports from Colorado and Texas and have favourable results even for Canada’s industry. Kevin MacIsaac, United Potato Growers of Canada general manager, said American politicians and potato industry groups have tried to open up the Mexican market[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission poster helps consumers with variety selection

See on – Potato NewsThe state of Idaho produces more than 25 potato varieties, and the Idaho Potato Commission promotes them all. For shoppers who need help selecting just the right potato for their needs, the IPC has developed a “Our Most Popular Varieties” Web page with a link for a downloadable Idaho Potato Varieties poster to take the[Read[Read More…]

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US: Specialty spud growth keeps steaming along

See on – Potato NewsWhile traditional potato types, such as whites and russets, struggle to maintain consumer sales, specialty potatoes continue to enjoy double-digit growth at retail. Tasteful Selections LLC is one grower-shipper capitalizing on those changing consumer tastes. Part of Bancroft, Wis.-based RPE, it grows exclusively baby and specialty potatoes in Kern County, said Randy Shell, vice president[Read[Read More…]

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Potato firm enjoys rapid expansion

See on – Potato News As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of processed potatoes to the supermarket ready meals market, Woodmansey based M&F Limited has enjoyed a period of rapid growth over the past few years.See on You are unauthorized to view this page.

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US: Potato Prowess

See on – Potato News Industry organizations invest in promotions and research that get spuds sold. See on You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Belaya Dacha, Farm Frites in joint venture to supply McDonalds with fries throughout Russia

Agricultural producer Belaya Dacha is ready to begin construction of a factory in the Lipetsk region that will supply french fries to McDonald’s fast food restaurants throughout Russia, Vedomosti reported Friday. Belaya Dacha will work with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which will have 35 percent of the venture, and Dutch potato farmer Farm Frites, which will be[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Poor potato harvest hits Branston bottom line

Profits have fallen back by 90 per cent at Lincoln-headquartered Branston as a result of a poor potato harvest which hit the UK. Sales at the potato buyer, packer and distributor, however, climbed by almost £20m to £130m. The company, one of the UK’s largest potato businesses, was formed in Lincolnshire in 1968 and today also has sites in the[Read[Read More…]

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Farm Frites launches Patatas Bravas potato cubes for pubs

Potato specialist Farm Frites has launched Patatas Bravas potato cubes, which it recommends can be topped with everything from chorizo to seasonings. Positioned as a side dish, recipe ingredient, sharing option to be served with dips or even as part of a child’s roast dinner, the consistently-sized large cubes can be cooked in 15 to 20 minutes, deep fried in[Read[Read More…]

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US: Black Gold Farms campaigns to encourage consumers to use red potatoes year round

Black Gold Farms is expanding its red potato promotional program, Better With Reds, to include season-specific campaigns. Each campaign will highlight the many benefits of red potatoes, and focus on what is relevant for that particular time of the year. The first seasonal campaign, which kicked off on Jan. 20 and will run through March, is centered on Healthy Choices[Read[Read More…]

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Farm Frites in Britain invites chefs to submit a new potato product for the foodservice

Potato specialist Farm Frites is inviting chefs to pitch a new product idea to win a trip to Holland or Belgium. As headline sponsor of the Development Chef Club organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser’s sister title Restaurant magazine – which has been launched to inform, inspire and interact with multi-site development and group executive chefs behind foodservice NPD -[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato Council publishes Foodservice Market Update report

According to Potato Council’s latest report on Foodservice Markets (published in January), during the period Oct 2012 to Sept 2013 British consumers bought fewer items when eating out and they also ate out slightly less than last year. Over the year, Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) posted an uplift in total spend, driven by higher prices per item. However, visits remained[Read[Read More…]

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India: Vegit eyes 25% growth in FY’15, plans expansion

Vegit, the agro division of the Rs 950 crore Merino Group which offers ready-to-cook packaged foods, is eyeing 25 per cent revenue growth in the next financial year. “We are expecting a growth of 25 per cent on the back of our continuous addition to product portfolio,” Merino Industries Regional head Madan Singi said. Vegit began with potato flakes and[Read[Read More…]

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US: How big food uses hunger triggers

The old Lay’s Potato Chip challenge, “Betcha can’t eat just one” was not only a testament to the salty-crunchy deliciousness of the chips, it was also an unknowing hat tip to the ingrained human tendency to eat more than is probably good for you, at least in the 21st century. Ever notice how, even if you’re not really hungry, taking[Read[Read More…]

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US table stock potatoes has successful start in Philippines

One of the newer markets for U.S. table stock potatoes is the Philippines. And exciting things have been happening with the United States Potato Board and its team in efforts to make this new market a success since gaining market access in July of 2013. Sarah Reece, USPB International Marketing Manager says following a trade mission, there was a trade[Read[Read More…]

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US Potato Board: Prepared potato dishes produce stronger results

At the core of the United States Potato Board (USPB) retail program is the mandate to enable retailers to reconnect the potato category with their customers by identifying what appeals most to their shoppers. Sometimes the insights seem so intuitive, even if the practice isn’t widely known, such as recent study findings:  ads that feature prepared potato images are much[Read[Read More…]

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UK: McCain launches ready baked jacket potatoes with flavoured ad

McCain “planted” giant 3D baked potatoes in 10 bus shelters as part of the UK advertising campaign for its newly launched Ready Baked Jackets. Bus stations in 10 UK cities do not only host the giant spuds, but also their flavour: waiting passengers will be able to smell freshly baked potatoes at the touch of a button on the poster’s[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Fresh potato consumption levels hit by higher prices

Brits ate nearly 8% fewer fresh potatoes in 2013 than in 2012, as soaring retail prices and increased demand for tinned and convenience formats took their toll. Although the total value of the fresh potato category went up 21.5% to £1.4bn in 2013, this was purely the result of higher prices at the tills – consumption plummeted, with volumes down[Read[Read More…]

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Promoting Potatoes – The American Way

Currently, the United States Potato Board (USPB) represents more than 2,500 potato growers and handlers in the United States, and nearly 100 members from across the country serve on the board. A long-range plan developed by the board is based on insights acquired through extensive industry input as well as a comprehensive marketing and consumer research program. USPB’s domestic and[Read[Read More…]

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US: New spud varieties bring color, nutrition and fun to the table

While traditional potato types, such as whites and russets, are struggling to maintain consumer sales, specialty potatoes are enjoying double-digit growth at retail. With an inventory of more than 200 seed potato varieties and more in the pipeline, Preston Stanley, manager of the Colorado Certified Potato Growers Association, said he’s optimistic about the future. “We can put color on your[Read[Read More…]

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