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Study: Strong and effective industry outlook and business growth expected for chips and crisps market

A prominent firm Marketresearch.biz, in its recent market research report, suggests that the demographic data to its repository titled ‘Global Potato Chips and Crisps Market Incredible Possibilities, Growth Analysis and Forecast To 2028′  study for a strong and effective industry outlook and business growth. Potato Chips and Crisps market presents substantial inputs about the market size, regional trends, market share, and[Read More…]

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Potandon to focus on rebranding as the healthy potato company

The focus for Potandon Produce LLC at the New York Produce Show this year will be on the health benefits of potatoes, and particularly of some of Potandon’s proprietary products, according Glen Reynolds, vice president of variety sales and business development for the Idaho Falls, ID-based company. “We are in the process of rebranding our company as The Healthy Potato[Read More…]

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Huckleberry Gold potatoes gaining popularity with consumers

When the New York Times’ food and wine writer waxes poetic about your potato — “Inside the Huckleberry Gold’s purple jacket is a fine-textured potato with rich flavor” — you know you may have a winner on your hands… or at least on the dinner table! The “you” in this case happens to be Agricultural Research Service’s Small Grains and[Read More…]

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Tasteful Selections Small-Bite campaign touts comfort theme

Arvin, Calif.-based Tasteful Selections is bringing consumers the “Comfort in a Small Bite” marketing campaign. “As we move into the last theme of our Small Bite Campaign, we want to provide comforting recipes and flavors that our consumers can share during the holiday,” RPEMarketing Director Tim Huffcutt said in a news release.  Tasteful Selections LLC is a vertically integrated family-owned collection of farms[Read More…]

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US potato exporters optimistic about 2020 shipments

Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines are the top five export market for Idaho potatoes, according to the Eagle-based Idaho Potato Commission.  Markets in Central America, the Caribbean and Hong Kong round out the top 10. U.S. potato and potato product exports have been on a growth trajectory in recent years, having risen 4.58% in volume and 4.63% in value[Read More…]

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Anything could still happen in the European potato season

On 10 September, the Northwestern European Potato Growers Association (NEPG) released figures about the potato harvest in that part of the world. These figures are an estimate based on several trial diggings. The result? The yield is estimated at between 27 and 27,3 million tons of potatoes. This is three percent higher than the five-year average and twelve percent more[Read More…]

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Idaho potato growers anticipate big spud crop this season

The Idaho potato season is well underway, with plenty of supplies for holiday dinners, marketers say. “Since the beginning of harvest in early August, we have focused on promoting the farms and packing facilities,” said Corey Griswold, COO with Hailey, Idaho-based grower-shipper ProSource Inc.  “Once harvest is complete and everyone settles in, I think this will shake out to be[Read More…]

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UK potatoes delisted from Poland’s largest supermarket chain

British potatoes have been delisted from a number of lines in Biedronka, Poland’s largest supermarket, due to fears of a no-deal Brexit. A large UK potato exporter has had to cancel orders with its growers as a result. Overnight, the British exporter lost a market to which it sent a large number of potatoes every month. “We received an e-mail[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission doubles up to push message at event

The Produce News reports that when Idaho Potato Commission representatives encounter customers for their product at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit, they have a singular message: continue to stock and promote Idaho potatoes as the premium potato in the category. The trade commodity group uses multiple vehicles to hammer home this message. The organization will have a large booth[Read More…]

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Red River Valley growers in the US report various conditions

Growers in the Red River Valley report that varying weather conditions across the valley could affect harvest conditions and volumes. “Conditions have varied depending on location,” said Carissa Olsen, chief operating officer of Buxton, N.D.-based NoKota Packers Inc.  “Some areas had adequate moisture, some below average and some are very wet.” Droughts, followed by periods of heavy rain have taken place[Read[Read More…]

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Annual Insight reports on current potato market outlook

Annual Insight recently published a new report on the current potato market situation. In the report the company says that there were strong sales growth for Agristo. The strong net sales development in 2018 reportedly shows that Agristo was able to fill its new plant in Wielsbeke. Annual Insights also reports that Mydibel is planning to build a new processing[Read More…]

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How Indra Nooyi got PepsiCo’s customers to accept a heart-healthy alternative to potato chips

Former PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi, who stepped down as CEO last year, was instrumental in shifting company’s focus from sugary beverages to healthier options. But it wasn’t always an easy task for the former CEO. Speaking at Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women International Summit recently, Nooyi recalled how she met with a lot of resistance not only from the investors[Read More…]

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Organic potato acreage increasing in the US in response to demand

The appeal of organic potatoes is increasing and growers are planting more acreage in response. This is according to Jeff Stachelek of Albert Bartlett USA, and is supported by Nielsen sales data. Stachelek says that the majority of growth in the potato category is occurring in the specialty types like bite-sized and fingerlings, as well as organic. As a result,[Read More…]

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Lay’s potato chip bag is getting its first new look in 12 years

Lay’s potato chips are about to get a packaging revamp. The redesigned potato chip bag and new logo give Lay’s its first new look in 12 years. Unlike previous redesigns, Lay’s isn’t undergoing a radical transformation. Instead, the refreshed logo and packaging are meant to make the brand feel more modern and contemporary, said Jon Guerra, senior director of design at Frito-Lay.[Read More…]

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‘Adopt a potato farmer’ program viewed by millions around the world

Side Delights’ in the US’s “Adopt a Potato Farmer” program has brought awareness to food bloggers and their audiences. The program paired regional food bloggers and Fresh Solutions Network farmers who grow Side Delights potatoes to share their stories, according to a news release. Bloggers shared farmers’ stories and recipes on their websites and social media platforms and generated more than two[Read More…]

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Customers prefer New Zealand grown potatoes, industry body says

Supermarket chain Countdown says its biggest selling potato is still the one with the least flavour – white washed potatoes – providing an opportunity for growers. This is according to industry body Potatoes New Zealand. The organization says in a press release that countdown business manager vegetables Grant Robinson is of the opinion that potatoes were a pantry staple, with[Read More…]

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New potato variety launched in Canada’s Alberta province

Companies are noting that locally sourced products are becoming increasingly important for today’s shopper. They say consumers are hungry for fruits and vegetables that are grown nearby, and also factor in environmental sustainability when making purchases. Canadian-based, grower, shipper, packer Thomas Fresh has recently launched a unique line of exclusively ‘Alberta’, grown potatoes. “We have been bringing Canadian potatoes to[Read More…]

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US potato coop goes belly-up

The mood was upbeat and confident at the Malin Potato Cooperative in February of 2015. The Merrill, Oregon, agricultural co-op was preparing to open a brand-new, $7 million state-of-the-art potato packing plant. The co-op’s members had been convinced the investment would provide a much-needed lift with the promise of high efficiency and new organic markets. “It’s exciting,” says Dave Cacka[Read More…]

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How a potato could propel Wardynski & Sons through another 100 years

Skip Wardynski is hoping failure breeds success. It was just five years ago that his century-old hot dog company thought it had found the next big thing: a low-fat hot dog called Duetts that would appeal to increasingly health conscious consumers and put the Peckham Street, New York state company on the national map. Back then, the company came up[Read More…]

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‘Eco friendly’ packaging for fries made from potato skins

It was widely reported in the media during the end of last year that Italian designers Simone Caronni, Paolo Stefano Gentile and Pietro Gaeli have created an ecological packaging for fries made from recycled potato skins (peels), as a sustainable alternative to paper. We wish to rehash that here… Called “Peel Saver”, the packaging is essentially made of starch and[Read More…]

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Canadian potato business gets huge funding boost

Last Friday, Sept. 6, Pam Damoff, Oakville North-Burlington MP joined EarthFresh Farms Inc. chief financial officer Brad Wiseman and CEO Tom Hughes to announce more than $1.2 million through the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) for a new multi-vegetable one-step product line. Located in Burlington, Ontario, EarthFresh Farms Inc. specializes in supplying the food[Read More…]

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Explosion of fast-fixing, value-added potatoes adds excitement to this retail category

Serving fresh-cooked potatoes for dinner meant up to an hour’s prep time as little as a decade ago. No longer. Enter fast-fixing, value-added potatoes. “Growers are doing a great job with this category, be it with the choice of potato, flavorings or packaging,” says Richard Stiles, recently retired director of produce and floral for Redner’s Markets, a Reading, PA-chain with 44[Read More…]

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