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Australian potato growers push Simplot for price increase

Last month, Tasmanian potato growers in Australia unanimously rejected Simplot’s price offer. They are still working to negotiate a new contract. The company was offering a price increase of 2 cents a kilogram, or $20 a tonne for the upcoming season But grower Matt Ryan said Simplot was the processor stuck in the middle between the growers, consumers and retailers.[Read[Read More…]

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Potato prices double due to shortage in Europe

The price of potatoes has reached record levels. The low production in Europe due to the dry weather has caused the export figures to plummet in the main producing countries (France, the Netherlands and Germany), while Spain, where the harvest has not been so bad, has been selling more abroad due to the good prices paid. All this has led[Read[Read More…]

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Australian potato growers plan to send more spuds overseas

West Australia’s embattled potato growers plan to collaborate to drive a sevenfold increase in spud exports within five years. WA Potato Growers Association chief executive Simon Moltoni said the State’s potato growers faced diminishing returns in a shrinking industry. But after commissioning industry and export development plans Mr Moltoni said he was confident growers could achieve better prices and grow[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, writes Gemma Carroll, Communications & Engagement Officer at PNZ. “The latest figures in from 2018 indicate we’re holding our own in exports and the value domestically has gone up. It’s a good report. However we would like to lift our export market. The[Read More…]

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How important is Frito-Lay for PepsiCo’s growth?

Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) has maintained its position as the fastest growing segment for PepsiCo over recent years. PepsiCo Revenues have increased from $62.8 billion in 2016 to $64.7 in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 1.5%. During the same period, FLNA saw its revenues increase from $15.5 billion to $16.3 billion, at a CAGR of 2.5%. According to a recent Forbes[Read[Read More…]

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Australia’s Mitolo Group fined over unfair potato contracts

Australia’s largest potato wholesaler, Mitolo Group Pty Ltd, has reportedly been fined $240,000 by the Federal Court over unfair contracts with its potato growers. In proceedings brought by the ACCC, the Federal Court found that Mitolo breached the Horticulture Code of Conduct in relation to 19 contracts entered into with potato growers between December 2016 and February 2018. Under the[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission approves higher budget, redistricting plan

The Idaho Potato Commission on July 24 approved a $15.9 million budget for the fiscal year that starts Sept. 1, up from just over $15 million a year earlier, according to a report by Capital Press. Commissioners also approved a redistricting plan that will give growers in the high-production eastern part of the state additional representation if the Legislature approves,[Read[Read More…]

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US potato growers concerned over trade

Like other commodities, trade remains top of mind for potato growers across the Northwest. Chris Voigt, Executive Director of the Washington state Potato Commission says a year into the trade war with China, local growers and processors are starting to see and feel the impact. Making matters worse, the U.S. still does not have a trade deal with Japan, the[Read[Read More…]

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National Potato Council meeting in the US draws many industry leaders

Almost 150 potato growers and industry leaders met at the National Potato Council’s summer meeting in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., to discuss industry policy priorities.  From speakers at the July 10-12 meeting, attendees deepened their knowledge about farm and food exports, climate change, and leadership development, according to a council news release. There was a special celebration for outgoing council president and[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission partners with Mexican retailer

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) recently partnered with Mexican retailer Calimax for a four-week promotional campaign to introduce Idaho Potatoes to the Mexican consumer.  The IPC chose Calimax to sell Idaho potatoes due to its proximity to the U.S. state, just south of the San Diego border.  “The Idaho Potato Commission and its commissioners have been enthusiastic about the partnership[Read[Read More…]

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USAID, PepsiCo Egypt sign MoU to support Egyptian potato farmers

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PepsiCo Egypt, to expand cooperation between USAID and PepsiCo’s subsidiary, Chipsy for Food Industries, to improve farmer livelihoods, the agency said in a press statement on Sunday. According to the statement, the joint programme will increase transparency and sustainability in the potato supply chain. This[Read[Read More…]

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Summer of the spud: Virginia potato prices more than double

It’s the Summer of the Potato in Virginia, where ideal growing conditions at home and poor ones elsewhere have conspired to produce a bumper crop for farmers that is fetching unusually high prices on the market. “We had timely rains during planting and growing season, but it turned hot and dry just before harvest,” said Elaine Lidholm, director of communications[Read[Read More…]

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Canadian potato growers increase acres in Manitoba and Alberta

Potato acres are up in Manitoba and Alberta this year as more spuds are needed to supply new and expanded processing plants on the Prairies. Manitoba potato growers seeded 6,000 more acres than 2018 and Alberta acres are up 5,500 acres compared to last year, based on data from a July 17 United Potato Growers of Canada report. Crop development is[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo should pay compensation to potato growers, demand Indian farmer leaders

Farmer leaders on Sunday demanded that PepsiCo India should pay compensation to the Gujarat potato farmers for the harassment and intimidation that they were subjected to. On Sunday, farmer leaders at a conference held in Delhi vowed to ensure that they will not allow another “PepsiCo India Vs Farmers episode” to recur in India. Earlier, food and beverages giant PepsiCo[Read[Read More…]

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Latest Canadian Potato Crop Report

Prince Edward Island Old crop is getting cleaned up. One of the main customers is still bringing in potatoes to reach the start of new crop. Acreage on the island is expected to be similar to last year. The spring was later, but Growing Degree Days really moved ahead in June with crop growth ahead of, same time last year.[Read More…]

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Subsistence potato farmers in South Africa became commercial farmers

An initiative between Eastern Cape state entities and Potatoes SA has turned former subsistence farmers into commercial potato farmers. The farmers at OR Tambo District, which includes Mthatha, Mqanduli and Ngqeleni, have multiplied their production volumes since the start of the mentorship and development programme three years ago. The Eastern Cape Development Corporation injected R3.5m into the initiative – R500,000[Read[Read More…]

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Potato farmers in the Philippines double yields with seed from Canada

Potato farmers in Benguet reported double yield when planting imported potato seeds from Canada, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. According to a report from Business World, “farmers reported during the harvest festival that they harvested an average of 20 metric tons which at only P30 per kilo could easily earn them P600,000 in just three months and 10 days,”[Read[Read More…]

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‘Dutch potato market a bubble that’s about to burst,’ says market trader

According to Felix Molenaar of the eponymous potato company from Haarlem, the Netherlands, the table potato market is very calm. “That’s not unusual at the start of the summer,” he told FreshPlaza, but it has actually been like this since February. We had temperatures of +20 degrees Celsius for ten days back then, and the potato quickly became less popular.[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes one of top high potassium foods

Bananas are a well-known source of potassium, but many other foods contain just as much — if not more — of this nutrient, including potatoes. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps regulate fluid and blood levels in the body. Many fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of potassium. Meat, milk, yogurt, and nuts are also good sources, but also potatoes.[Read[Read More…]

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Marketing opportunities in the US abound, potato suppliers say

Potato marketers in the Pacific Northwest of the US have multiple plans for their spuds this year, as usual. “As with most years, our goals are to assist our customers in building their business and helping solve problems by providing the best customer service we can and the highest-quality product we can grow,” said Matt Yeoman, salesman with Mount Vernon, Wash.-based Skagit[Read[Read More…]

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US based Swiss Rösti launches new brand of potatoes

US based Swiss Rösti, a start-up company based in Portland Oregon (https://swissrosti.com/) is announcing the nationwide introduction of a new three-item line of frozen Crispy Filled Potato products under its Rösti brand. This new product line is truly an original and authentic cultural food that until now has never been available to the US market. Swiss Rösti partnered with Oregon[Read[Read More…]

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Highest Agrico payout ever

Cooperative Agrico has determined the payout prices for seed and consumption potatoes from the 2018 harvest and presented them to its members, according to a report published by FreshPlaza today. Potato News Today could not find details of this information on the Agrico English language website, but wish to report that – according to the FreshPlaza article – the average[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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