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The Dutch ate 2.5 billion kilos of potatoes last year

The Dutch ate some 2.5 billion kilos of potatoes last year – or 140 kilos for every man, woman and child – the national statistics office CBS says. The total harvest reached almost 3.5 billion kilos last year, of which around one million kilos were probably exported, RTL news quotes the CBS as saying. The rest was consumed as mash,[Read[Read More…]

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Unlocking blight pathogen’s evolutionary secrets could provide key to better disease control

Scientists say they have discovered vital clues as to how the potato blight pathogen adapted to spread between different plant species. Researchers at Oxford University and The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, looked at how phytophthora infestans evolved to target other plants. The findings could help in the development of new blight-resistant potato varieties. The study is said to be the first[Read[Read More…]

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Study shows PVY costs Idaho $34 million

Spud yield losses caused by potato virus Y cost Idaho’s economy about $34 million per year, according to results of a recently completed economic impact study by University of Idaho agricultural economist Chris McIntosh. The estimate includes $6.5 million in lost wages from 184 Idaho jobs that would otherwise be filled if not for PVY. McIntosh estimates direct losses to[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Volume sales of potatoes down, exports up

Potato Council in the UK has published its latest Potato Market Dynamics Report. According to the Report, Over 2013, volume sales of potatoes have fallen. In the latest 52 weeks, volume sold were 8% behind last year, equivalent to 133,000 fewer tonnes. Of the three main categories, economy have accounted for more than half of the total market volume drop[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Study reveals extensive opportunities for Ontario’s fresh potato industry

A recent study to identify opportunities for Ontario’s fresh potato industry has led to some recommendations to help change consumer attitude and behaviour towards this food product. The study, a collaboration between the Ontario Potato Board, Loblaw Companies Limited, Downey Farms, the Value Chain Management Centre, and George Mitges & Associates, will enable businesses along the value chain to make[Read[Read More…]

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‘Research and Markets’: Prefeasibility Report on setting up a potato starch processing plant

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Prefeasibility Report on a Potato Starch Processing Plant” report to their offering. The Report provides a techno-commercial roadmap for setting up a potato starch processing plant. The study, which has been done by one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms, covers all the requisite aspects of the potato starch[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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Washington State University potato researchers seek new fresh pack varieties

Washington State University researchers are examining new potato varieties as an alternative for the leading fresh pack variety, the Russet Norkotah. WSU research assistant Rhett Spear says newer varieties can offer farmers more disease resistance and improved yields. The Russet Norkotah is fairly uniform with good yields and economic return, said Rhett Spear, Washington State University research assistant. But it’s[Read[Read More…]

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Secrets of potato blight evolution could help farmers fight back

Scientists have discovered vital clues as to how the pathogen responsible for the Irish potato famine adapted to spread between different plant species. Researchers at Oxford University and The Sainsbury Laboratory (Norwich, UK) looked in unprecedented detail at how Phytophthora infestans, a pathogen that continues to blight potatoes and tomatoes today, evolved to target other plants. The study, published today[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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Pre-feasibility Report on setting up a potato chips manufacturing plant

Prefeasibility Report on a Potato Chips Manufacturing Plant provides a techno-commercial roadmap for setting up a potato chips manufacturing plant. The study, which has been done by one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms, covers all the requisite aspects of the potato chips industry. This ranges from macro overview of the market to micro details of the industry[Read[Read More…]

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Radio-frequency drying slashes acrylamide in potato chips: Study

Using radio-frequency to dry partially fried potato chips can limit acrylamide formation, finds research. The study published in the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture investigated how much impact radio-frequency post-drying had on limiting the potential carcinogen in potato chips. Researchers from two Turkish universities found that frying potato slices partially in hot oil followed by a radio-frequency (RF)[Read[Read More…]

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Bayer CropScience reveals insights into U.S. potato industry’s top needs for 2014

According to United States Department of Agriculture’s crop production predictions, average potato yield per acre increased during the 2013 season. In an effort to propel this upward trend into the New Year, Bayer CropScience launched its Potato Perspectives Survey during Potato Expo in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 8-10, 2014. Bayer CropScience collected insights from tradeshow attendees across the food chain[Read[Read More…]

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