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Emergency airlift puts fries back on the menu at McDonald’s in Japan

McDonald’s has said an emergency airlift of French fries to Japan has eased the nationwide shortage that forced the chain to ration them at more than 3,000 restaurants across the country. From 5 January, medium and large-sized fries will be back on the menu, almost three weeks after the fast-food giant restricted customers to small portions due to import delays.[Read[Read More…]

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Scotland: Tattie farmers at breaking point over poor prices

Scottish tattie growers have warned they could be forced to call it a day if market conditions don’t improve. The warning from NFU Scotland comes at a time when supermarkets are selling potatoes for a retail price of between £500 and £1,500 tonne, while farmers are only receiving an average of £50 a tonne for their produce. The union says[Read[Read More…]

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US: West coast labor disruption costs Idaho millions of dollars

Labor disruptions at west coast ports are damaging Idaho’s agricultural exporters.  The Idaho Department of Agriculture said negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association are creating numerous problems including congestion, slowdowns, and terminal closures. The department said the dispute is hurting Idaho agriculture directly, resulting in lack of available equipment, increased costs, and lost sales.[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho potato shipments, prices both increase

Idaho’s potato prices continue to strengthen, even as shipments have been ahead of last year’s pace. Shipments of fresh Idaho potatoes have been well ahead of last year’s pace, and prices have continued on a steady climb since harvest. According to the Idaho Potato Commission, 2014 crop shipments to date are about 1 million hundredweight above last year.Source: www.capitalpress.comSee on[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland: Potato industry looking forward to a happier new year

European funding will be crucially important in helping maintain the fabric of Ireland’s potato industry, according to a leading packer. “The planned generic promotional campaign, which is to be part financed by Europe, will provide real money to actively promote Irish potatoes on our home market,” said Robert Devlin, General Manager of the Co. Meath-based Meade Potato company.Source: www.agriland.ieSee on[Read[Read More…]

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World market for consumption potatoes stabilizes

Starting in 2011, the global (commercial) production of potatoes seems to be stabilizing at 370 million tons. Until that time, there was clear evidence of growth. It is true that production is still growing in some countries. Examples are China and India (together accounting for 37% of the world total), Bangladesh, Egypt, Peru, Malawi, Algeria, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. In many[Read[Read More…]

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US: Domestic potato season starts strong; exports slow

Domestic potato shipments are off to a good start, but delays at ports on the West Coast have slowed export shipments. “We’ve shipped more this year than last year, to-date,” Seth Pemsler, vice president of retail and international sales for Eagle-based Idaho Potato Commission, said in late November. “It’s a good year so far,” he said. Others agree.Source: www.thepacker.comSee on[Read[Read More…]

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Potato Shortage In NZ Impacts Fijian Supply

Source: fijisun.com.fjThe effects of major shortage of potatoes in New Zealand have trickled down to Fiji as major supermarkets around the country have started running out of stock. Three big supermarkets contacted yesterday confirmed the shortage attributing wet weather conditions in New Zealand as the reason potatoes could not be harvested. Even a local potato chips manufacturer, FMF Foods Limited[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho potatoes continue to strengthen brand nationally, expand it internationally

Idaho is known for potatoes. Idaho continues to lead the nation in potato production, and more than 96 percent of the Idaho Potato Commission’s target audience identify Idaho as the state best known for growing potatoes. Internationally, people also associate the Idaho name with potatoes, as Frank Muir, president of the IPC, has observed on many occasions, and Idaho now[Read[Read More…]

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Armenia exported over 20,000 tonnes of potatoes this year

Armenian potato exports totaled about 20,600 tons as of today, compared to 11,700 tons in the same period of 2013, deputy minister of agriculture Samvel Galstyan told a press conference on Tuesday. The area under crops increased by 850 hectares compared to 2013, he said.Source: arka.amSee on Scoop.it – Global Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Port slowdown hobbles Washington State potato industry

The slowdown at the Port of Seattle is negatively impacting the Washington potato industry. Washington Potato Commission executive director Chris Voigt says the president needs to step in by next week if the two sides can’t come to an agreement. A two-week slowdown at West Coast ports created by a labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and[Read[Read More…]

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US: Northwest officials and potato growers return from Southeast Asia trade mission

Northwest officials and potato growers are hopeful a recent trade mission to Southeast Asia will help spur demand for Columbia Basin spuds. The 21 delegates from the Washington and Oregon agriculture departments and potato commissions returned from the mission last week with to-do lists of follow-up needed with importers and officials from the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar, all relatively new[Read[Read More…]

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Germany: Europlant generates € 131.4 million turnover

Europlant, the German grower and marketer of seed potatoes can look back at a successful fiscal year for 2013/14, reports the German website Proplanta.de. Europe made a consolidated annual turnover of 131.4 million Euro with its 13 subsidiaries. This means an increase in turnover of 16 percent compared to the previous year. The globally sold amount of seed potatoes increased[Read[Read More…]

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South Australian potato industry chips away at South East Asian markets

The South Australian Government is partnering with Potatoes South Australia to gain export access and expand the state’s seed and fresh potato industry within the growing international markets of Thailand and Malaysia. Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith said Potatoes South Australia, the peak industry body, will receive $35,000 through the Department of State Development in addition to $10,000[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland: Spud yields stable but prices volatile

This year’s potato crop is expected to hold at close to last year’s levels despite the overall acreage under spuds having dropped from 107,000ha in 2013 to a provisional 97,000/ha this year. The drop in acreage sown this year is being put down to poor potato prices which saw the average return hovering between €300 and €400/ac. The fall-off in[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato Association says slowdown at ports is crippling exports

Terminal operators at West Coast ports say longshore workers are slowing down work to win leverage in contract talks. Now exports of potatoes appear to be part of the collateral damage. Potato farmers from the Columbia River basin to the Skagit Valley are increasingly facing problems. Matt Harris with the Washington State Potato Commission says farmers are trying to ship[Read[Read More…]

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India interested in importing potatoes from Bangladesh

India has expressed its interest in importing potato from Bangladesh for domestic consumption. Indian High Commission in Dhaka has recently sent a letter to the government, expressing interest of the Indian authorities in buying potato from Bangladesh. “We welcome the consideration as this will create a new market for our potato and also help farmers get fair prices of their[Read[Read More…]

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US potato reps wrap up successful trade mission

Officials from the Pacific Northwest wrapped up another successful trade mission on Nov. 4. “The Oregon Potato Commission and the Washington State Potato Commission worked jointly to coordinate the details involved in an effort to highlight our states’ potatoes in the relatively new markets [of the Philippines and Vietnam] for fresh potatoes from the Northwest,” Ryan Holterhoff, WSPC director of[Read[Read More…]

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Agreement between GB and Cuba for potato seeds

A recent visit to Scotland by Cuban agricultural officials has led to a revised agreement for the importation of GB seed potatoes. Supported by the unique partnership between Potato Council and Scottish Government to boost export opportunities, senior officials from Cuba’s Agricultural Ministry and Plant Health section travelled to Scotland this month to meet officials from Scottish Government, Science and[Read[Read More…]

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British seed potato exports resurge into Caribbean market

A recent visit to Scotland by Cuban agricultural officials has led to a revised agreement for the importation of GB seed potatoes. Supported by the unique partnership between Potato Council and Scottish Government to boost export opportunities, senior officials from Cuba’s Agricultural Ministry and Plant Health section travelled to Scotland this month to meet officials from Scottish Government, SASA, Fera[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho shippers play wait-and-see on Mexico

Idaho potato shippers won’t hold their breath waiting for most of Mexico to reopen to U.S. exports. Chris Wada, director of marketing and exports for Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC and a committee member of the Denver-based U.S. Potato Board, said he doesn’t see a resolution to the Mexico issue happening “right away.” “It was a big win to get[Read[Read More…]

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US: State potato commission joins Asia potato trade mission

Members of the Washington State Potato Commission are gearing up to talk potatoes with government officials and industry representatives in various parts of Southeast Asia. WSPC Executive Director Chris Voigt, marketing director Ryan Holterhoff and commissioners Jared Balcom and Ted Tshirky will join state Department of Agriculture director Bud Hover and representatives from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the[Read[Read More…]

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