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UK: RBR Crops to stop growing potatoes

Hort News reports that Norfolk potato supplier RBR Crops says it will stop growing potatoes in order to concentrate on more profitable merchant, seed, storage and consultancy activities, and that sadly ten jobs will be lost with the changes. The company, which was founded in 1965, says the decision has been driven by continued cost pressures, the price of rented[Read More…]

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New MountainKing merchandising program focuses on baby potatoes

As sales of baby Golds, Reds and Medley potatoes continue to climb, MountainKing is embarking on an aggressive program to provide its retail partners with turnkey, display-ready options aimed at driving sales of the smaller, pre-sized variety.  â€œSmall potatoes are under-promoted and under-merchandised,” says MountainKing vice president of sales and marketing.  “We’re working to change that narrative in a big[Read More…]

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Lidl introduces Ireland's first 100% compostable bag for potatoes

Lidl Ireland has introduced the first fully compostable potato bag in the country, in conjunction with Meade Potato Company. The two-kilogramme packs of Meade White Potatoes feature packaging made from FSC-certified sustainable paper, strengthened with starch. The net in the bag is made of corn starch, while the printing uses water-based ink. CSR manager in Lidl Ireland, Ciara Sheehan, commented, “As[Read More…]

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US potato exports increase

US potato exports were on an upswing during the first quarter of the 2019-20 marketing year, according to a report published by Potato Country magazine. This continues the growth seen at the end of the last marketing year and is in despite of continuing trade issues in Asia, according to the report. These figures reflect potato and product stocks coming[Read More…]

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North America: No need for potato panic – yet

Most of us love fries and chips. Other than people on a ketogenic diet, most diets don’t discriminate against the mighty potato. It’s even in Canada’s newest food guide. Most dishes using potatoes are loved by Canadians, especially in the wintertime, when colder weather encourages us to seek out more hearty meals. But reports suggest that North America is experiencing[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston's Board chairman buys more shares

Chairman of the Board, William G. Jurgensen reportedly acquired 18,000 shares of this packaged foods company, paying $92.01 per share for a total amount of $1.66 million. Mr. Jurgensen increased his stake by 14.00% to 146,536 shares with this purchase. According to a report published by Seeking Alpha, “it is a little surprising to come across a company that focuses[Read More…]

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Canada: Peak of the Market's 'Potahto Week' event returns

Registration is now open for restaurants hoping to be crowned champion during the 3rd annual Potahto Week presented by Peak of the Market in Winnipeg in Canada’s Manitoba province. The 10-day event challenges restaurants to put forward a signature dish made with Manitoba grown potatoes and lets the public vote on their favourite creation. According to Larry McIntosh, President and[Read More…]

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Report: Potato Chips Market Overview in the United Kingdom

IndexBox has just published a new report: â€˜United Kingdom – Potato Chips – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends And Insights’. Here is a summary of some of the report’s key findings. The revenue of the potato chips (french fry) market in the UK amounted to $686M in 2018, dropping by -4.6% against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston sees strong second-quarter sales volume growth

Improved sales volumes in Lamb Weston, Inc.’s Global and Foodservice business units propelled the potato processor’s net income up 18% during the second quarter of fiscal 2020, according to a report by Baking Business. Net income for the quarter ended Nov. 24, 2019, totaled $140.4 million, equal to 96c per share on the common stock. It was an increase when[Read More…]

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UK: Shoppers urged to buy ‘less-than-gorgeous’ potatoes from flood-hit producers

Bags of potatoes grown by flood-hit producers are carrying special blue stickers to encourage shoppers to buy them despite their less-than-perfect appearance. Potato growers – mainly those in Lincolnshire, Norfolk and parts of Yorkshire – have been badly hit by crop damage after suffering the worst flooding since 2012. Tesco said it will sell packs of potatoes grown in the[Read More…]

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Idaho potato shortage rumor cleared

Consumers are worried about the possibility of not having enough French fries, after this year’s potato shortage. Between Oct. 9 and 11, a cold spell impacted 15 percent of the potato crop in Idaho, but 85 percent was already harvested, according to Frank Muir, the Idaho Potato Commission President and CEO. That was 13 billion pounds of potatoes, down from[Read More…]

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Wada Farms organic programs continue to grow

With demand for organically-grown produce continuing to increase, Wada Farm Marketing Group LLC in Idaho Falls, ID, made a commitment several years ago to greatly expand its organic offerings across all of its product lines. That effort is ongoing, as the company continues not only to increase its volume of organic products but also to extend availability, with a goal[Read More…]

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Chip makers’ experimentation with flavor pays off

Chip purchases are nearly universal with 94% of respondents to a 2019 Mintel survey saying they bought some kind of chips in the past year. Consumers gravitate to familiar brands and tastes and perceive chips as an indulgence, which may be a challenge to market expansion, but opportunities lie in new flavor combinations, functionality and healthy innovations. “Taste, craveability and[Read More…]

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US: Varietals, organics continue to spice up potato business

A potato isn’t just a potato, particularly now, with new varieties and organics coming on, marketers say. “Everyone is looking for category growth, and that is coming from specialty and organic offerings,” said Scott Leimkuhler, vice president with Los Angeles-based Progressive Produce LLC in Walla Walla, Wash. Large size packs on russets (10s and 15s) are decreasing in popularity, as consumers are[Read More…]

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Michigan State researchers developed dark purple potatoes. Now, they're becoming potato chips

It took 20 years, but Michigan State University researchers reached their goal — breeding a purple potato. And now they’re being made into purple, kettle-cooked potato chips. Dave Douches, director for the MSU Potato Breeding and Genetics program, and other researchers spent the last two decades crossing potato varieties and testing until they developed the purple spud species they were hoping[Read More…]

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North America: Processed potato needs influence fresh market

The chip, frozen and other potato-processing businesses continue to touch the fresh industry, but that touch might be a bit stronger this year, marketers say. “We have all heard of the news in the U.S.,” said Ross Johnson, international marketing director with the Eagle-based Idaho Potato Commission.  He noted the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently reported that, overall, the U.S.[Read More…]

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