Ayrshire new potatoes given special EU protection

Ayrshire new potatoes have become the latest Scottish product to be granted EU protection against unauthorised imitation. The potatoes, also known as Ayrshiree earlies, join a list of products including Scotch whisky, Stornoway Black Pudding and Scottish salmon, which also have protected geographic indication (PGI) status. The current system of EU geographical indications ensures only products from a particular region[Read[Read More…]

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US potato grower-shipper companies form joint venture to consolidate all fresh-packed potato and onion sales

The Mart Group LLC., a potato grower-shipper based in Rupert, ID, and ProSource Inc., a grower-owned-and-operated sales and marketing company based in Hailey, ID, announced an agreement will combine sales teams to consolidate all fresh-packed potato and onion sales and marketing responsibilities. ProSource is currently responsible for all fresh onion sales and marketing for Golden West Produce LLC in Parma,[Read[Read More…]

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Young British ‘spuds’ get back to their roots

Primary school children were invited onto a Perthshire potato farm to discover the backstory to the great British potato. Potato growers Bruce Farms opened their doors to primary school students this week to learn about all things potatoes. Children from three primary schools spent the day learning about machinery and technology used to farm potatoes, as well as nutrition, soils[Read[Read More…]

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Colorado potato storage to finish before 2019 fresh-crop harvest

Rolling into mid-summer, Colorado’s storage potato crop is a little long on volume and, while somewhat disappointing, prices are not bad, according to James Ehrlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee. Ehrlich said that Colorado packer-shippers expect to sellout their storage crop by Labor Day, which generally will mark the beginning of the 2019 fresh-crop harvest. Colorado’s potatoes[Read[Read More…]

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US potato industry wants US-Mexico-Canada agreement to pass immediately

The US National Potato Council reportedly joined with over 950 farm groups and agricultural organizations in a letter urging Congress to immediately ratify the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “Canada and Mexico are two of our top three largest export markets. Passing the USMCA is essential in building on the success of the NAFTA agreement and enhancing the American jobs provided by[Read[Read More…]

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A lovable Idaho potato has become a top U.S. mascot

Many brands have mascots to help engage consumers with their products. Examples include Ronald McDonald, the Energizer Bunny, the Jolly Green Giant, Mr. Peanut — and no doubt you can name dozens of others, Farm and Ranch reports. Thirty-six years ago, the Idaho Potato Commission introduced its mascot, Spuddy Buddy, who back then sported a bandana and cowboy hat to[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho potato shippers heading on Taiwan trade mission

A team of fresh Idaho potato shippers will soon head to Taiwan to develop new business relationships in the Southeast Asian market, IdahoStateJournal reports.  The foreign trade mission, sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission, will leave for Taiwan early during the week beginning June 16 and will spend about a week overseas.  IPC President and CEO Frank Muir said representatives[Read[Read More…]

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Report: ‘All imported potatoes arriving in Belgium have been sold in advance’

According to a report by FreshPlaza earlier today, “the imported potato season is in full swing in Europe. Spain, Portugal and Sicily are now in production,” the report says. Cyprus had a lower yield than normal this year, FreshPlaza reports, and the Israeli season has now finished. Demand and supply are well-balanced, everything arriving on the market has been sold[Read[Read More…]

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Side Delights responds to shoppers increasing demand for sustainability practices

Side Delights® announced today it heightened commitment to sustainability while continuing to focus on implementing the highest food-safety practices available. Recent Nielsen research confirms that shoppers base their purchase decisions in part on the sustainability practices of products and the companies that produce them.  The study shows that sustainable efforts are crucial to Millennial shoppers: 68% of consumers feel strongly[Read[Read More…]

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China, the largest producer and consumer of potatoes in the world…

China is currently the world’s largest producer and consumer of potatoes, with some 5 million hectares installed. The potatoes are valued there for their nutritional contribution and minerals, such as iron and zinc and vitamin A, and are a way of life for the people. According to Mei Xurong, the vice president of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences of China[Read[Read More…]

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Europatat Congress 2019: Final program announced

On 13 June 2019, under the slogan “The timeless potato: A dynamic and innovative food”, the Europatat Congress will explore the potential for innovation within the sector now and into the future. Taking place in Oslo, the Congress will also look into Norway’s special trade relations with the EU. The organisers, the Norwegian Association of Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers (NFGF)[Read[Read More…]

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Rwanda: New mobile app to boost potato farming

By Régis Umurengezi of The New Times – Nine banks and other financial institutions in the country will, effective next planting season, start issuing various financial services to Irish potato cooperatives through a new mobile telephone platform. Dubbed ‘Mpuzanunguke Kirayi’, the platform will among other utilities, help farmers carry out various bank transactions on their telephones, including applying for loans[Read[Read More…]

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Retailers make a splash in 28th Annual Idaho Potato Lover’s Display Contest

A sea of showstopping displays from coast to coast made for some tough judging in the 2019 Idaho® Potato Lover’s Retail Display Contest, which gave out more than $150,000 in cash and prizes. “We had so many wonderful entries this year for both large and small displays,” says IPC Marketing Manager Jamie Bowen. “It’s always difficult to pick winners, but this[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes now worth one billion dollars to New Zealand economy

Chris Claridge, Potato New Zealand’s CEO, is pleased to see steady growth in potato volumes and values, says Gemma Carroll, the Communications & Engagement Officer at Potatoes NZ in a recent news release published on the organization’s website. “The latest figures in from 2018 indicate we’re holding our own in exports and the value domestically has gone up. It’s a[Read[Read More…]

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US potato export sales trending up, but fears persist about ongoing trade wars and strong dollar

In a press release issued earlier today by Potatoes USA, it is said that U.S. potato exports of frozen, dehy and fresh have all posted modest gains through the first three quarters of the July 2018 – June 2019 marketing year. Potatoes USA says that these increases reflect the ever-increasing international demand for potatoes and potato products. The impact of[Read[Read More…]

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Dutch potato cooperative: ‘Empty European table potato market is very unusual for the start of May’

“We are a small-scale packing company. For our buyers, we, therefore, try to pack Dutch products for as long as possible. Generally, we are able to do so until mid-June,” says Wim van der Ree. He is the Director at Nedato, a Dutch potato cooperative, according to a report published by FreshPlaza. “However, the Dutch season will be over considerably[Read[Read More…]

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The Packer’s Women in Produce: Britt Raybould

Born and raised on a potato farm in eastern Idaho, Britt Raybould is still close to her potato roots today, according to a report by The Packer. Raybould, a graduate of Boise State University of Westminster College, wears many hats. Some include roles serving as Chief financial officer for Raybould Bros. Farms, where she and her brother represent the third[Read[Read More…]

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Utz Quality Foods said to ‘pay $1.2M in false advertising lawsuit’

According to an ABC Eyewitness News report published earlier today by WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham from reporters Diane Wilson and Tonya Simpson, Utz Quality Foods has agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle claims the company engaged in false advertising. According to the report, the lawsuit accused the company of labeling products that contained chemical, synthetic or processed ingredients “all[Read[Read More…]

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Sun-Glo of Idaho welcomes Tron Crumley – fresh potato sales veteran

Potato industry veteran, Tron Crumley, joined Sun-Glo of Idaho Inc in Sales, effective April 15, 2019, according to a press release issued by Fresh Solutions Network earlier today.  “My career has been single-mindedly focused on the potato industry.  I am also the grandson of Idaho potato farmers, so selling potatoes is in my blood.” Crumley’s dedication to his own family[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Essex potato farm boosted by new Co-op deal

Essex-based potato farmer, Fairfields Farm, has announced a new deal to supply the Co-op with its range of fresh potatoes. The Co-op will sell its 1.5kg white potatoes, 750g Baby Potatoes and 4-pack Baking Potatoes in more than 90 stores across Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire from next month. The new deal is set to have a significant impact on[Read[Read More…]

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Rising prices open up opportunities for New Zealand in Malaysia

Sales of European and United States fries to the Malaysian market dropped at the beginning of 2019 as prices rose on average by nearly 10%. Shortages of supplies for European processors saw the involvement of the Dutch, Belgian, German and Danish suppliers drop back. Over the course of the year they have been able to make significant inroads in what[Read[Read More…]

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Fresher Canadian potatoes coming to Atlanta via $22M distribution center

Canada’s EarthFresh Farms is spending $22 million to open a high-tech packing plant and distribution center near the Atlanta airport in College Park, getting its potatoes to southern customers more quickly.  The Burlington, Ontario-based company is the latest food distribution center clustered in Atlanta’s budding Aerotropolis region, as well as the second major Canadian produce firm to invest in Georgia in recent years.  The EarthFresh facility[Read[Read More…]

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