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US: CPAC in ‘wait-and-see’ mode with Mexican market

Mexican marketing campaigns remain in a holding pattern as the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee awaits further word on the border fully reopening for potato exports from the San Luis Valley, according to CPAC Assistant Director Linda Weyers. Weyers said in mid-August, “We’re playing the waiting game right now,” noting the committee was awarded a USDA specialty crop block grant early[Read[Read More…]

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Sale temps pour les pommes de terre de Limagne

Dix à quinze jours de retard pour la récolte de pommes de terre en Limagne. La pluie a fait son oeuvre. Si elle persiste, elle risque fort d’altérer la qualité des pommes de terre. Mais par contre, et c’est une bonne nouvelle, cette année côté quantité, on s’achemine vers des records.Source: france3-regions.francetvinfo.frSee on – Potato News You are unauthorized[Read More…]

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Herbert Previews Its Equipment Line Up for Potato Europe

The Herbert Oculus next generation optical sorter for washed potatoes and Herbert GF2 box filler will be centre stage on Herbert Engineering’s stand at this year’s Potato Europe in Hanover from September, 3-4. Both machines are top sellers throughout Europe.Source: www.potatobusiness.comSee on – Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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UK: Details revealed for potato supplier purchase

Assets of a £9m-turnover pre-packaged potato supplier were bought out of administration for £79,000, according to a new report, but creditors could be facing a shortfall of more than £2m. Peter O’Hara and Simon Weir, joint administrators at O’Hara & Co, were appointed to Rotherham-headquartered Holme Farm Produce Ltd on 21 July 2014. They tied up a pre-pack deal with[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: McCain workers hear about future job prospects

A meeting was held Monday for McCain Foods workers who will lose their jobs when the plant in Borden-Carleton shuts down at the end of October, Prince Edward Island government officials say. About 72 of the 121 workers affected along with some spouses attended the meeting, said Skills PEI, organizer of the event that was held at the Kinkora and[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Growers on lookout for next big thing in spuds

A huge array of new potato varieties were on display in Ladner last week. The B.C. Potato Industry Variety Trial Field Day, which showcased many spuds that are new to this region, was held last Thursday at Bates Brothers Farms, where members of the local farming community provided their input on the marketability of the many reds, whites, yellows and[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Region’s growers play role in record potato exports

The Potato Council has announced that a new British export record was set in seed potatoes over the course of the last export season. During the last 12 years, the UK has grown exports from 70,000 per annum to more than 100,000 tonnes – the new record set in 2013/14. While the majority of seed potatoes exported from Britain are[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Debate over potato irrigation rages on in PEI

Looking for a stimulating discussion the next time you visit PEI? Walk into any public place and utter the words “deep water wells.” The debate over whether the potato industry should be given more access to what is officially known as “supplemental irrigation” cuts to the very heart of Island life – both now and in the future.The government may[Read[Read More…]

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New Sorter Promises to Select Foreign Materials Even for Unwashed Potatoes

TOMRA Sorting Solutions is to highlight the ability of its sensor-based systems to sort and process potato products at Potato Europe. They will demonstrate the Field Potato Sorter (FPS) and display the Halo sorter at Potato Europe, in Bockerode, near Hanover, Germany, on September 3 and 4. “This is the first successful high throughput optical sorting solution in the industry[Read[Read More…]

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Das Land der Kartoffelchips

Im Weinland wird nicht nur Wein, sondern ­werden auch viele Kartoffeln angebaut. Ein Hersteller von Pommes-Chips deckt 14 Prozent seines Bedarfs im Weinland.Source: www.landbote.chSee on – Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Simplot potato workers in Grand Forks approve contract offer

Union workers at the Simplot plant in Grand Forks have reached a contract agreement with the company after being on strike since Aug. 4. Union members approved the latest contract Friday afternoon. They’ll now work 12 hour shifts, capped at 14 hours, and work fewer days a week. Before, they worked five, 8 hour days without a cap. The contract[Read[Read More…]

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Sri Lanka: Potato prices drop; farmers affected

The price received by potato farmers in the Badulla District has declined. Farmers say that their produce which sold for between Rs.70 and Rs.80  a kilogramme last week is being purchased by private traders at present for between Rs.50 and Rs.60 per kilogramme at present. The harvesting of potatoes in the country largest potato producing district, Badulla, is well underway.[Read[Read More…]

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Saratoga Chips celebrates a year of growth

Since new owners took over Saratoga Chips last year, sales numbers have soared, and to celebrate America’s first kettle chip at the Saratoga Race Course Aug. 24, an airplane pilot and skydivers towing the company’s banners will soar as well. The business has achieved a triple-digit increase in sales and market share from the summer of 2013 to the present.[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Organic potato farmers find eager markets

Located just northeast of Charlottetown in the community of Winsloe on Prince Edward Island, the Dollar family operation has gone through many changes since it started in 1915. The farm was a dairy operation until the decision to sell the cows and the milk quota 15 years ago. A friend had some organic certified land and suggested Fred try growing[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Region’s growers play role in record potato exports

The Potato Council has announced that a new British export record was set in seed potatoes over the course of the last export season. During the last 12 years, the UK has grown exports from 70,000 per annum to more than 100,000 tonnes – the new record set in 2013/14. According to the industry body, the success is largely due[Read[Read More…]

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Preissturz bei Bio-Kartoffeln

Haben die Bio-Kartoffelbauern in Deutschland schon in der letzten Woche über viel zu niedrige Erzeugerpreise geklagt, kam zu Beginn dieser Woche der große Schock, der Preis ist noch einmal deutlich nach unten gegangen. „Mit solchen Preisen machen wir mit jedem Hektar, den wir mit Kartoffeln bestellen, mehrere 1.000 Euro Verlust. Wir wollen hier keinen anklagen, denn wir wissen nicht, wie[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: CFIA says potato wart found in P.E.I. field

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed a case of potato wart in a Prince Edward Island field. In an email to CBC News, CFIA said the field has been placed under quarantine, with the full cooperation of the grower, to prevent the risk of spreading the fungus. The agency has not indicated where the farm is located. Potato wart[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato consumers urged to ‘trade up’

A Potato Council marketing push this autumn will encourage shoppers to “trade up” from generic potatoes to named varieties. Valued at £370,000, the campaign will aim to reach 6.9 million families through advertisements in food and lifestyle magazines as well as online. The main focus will be on Maris Piper, considered the most widely recognised variety, but it will also[Read[Read More…]

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Mildew threatens potato crops in France

Mildew is a big threat to potato farmers in the North of France at the moment due to climate conditions favourable to the disease. “Humidity and temperatures of 20°C favour its spreading.  We have to treat the fields every 3-4 days to avoid the spores reaching the tubers” says Nicolas Courtois.  If this happened the potatoes would be unfit for[Read[Read More…]

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US: Concerns about potato consumption

Potato sales for U.S. growers pose interesting questions. Eighteen percent of the crop is exported, but statistics on domestic potato consumption create a mystery, according to Mike Carter, co-chair of the domestic marketing committee for the U.S. Potato Board and a member of the board’s executive committee. Carter, who is also the chief executive officer of Bushmans’ Inc., located in[Read[Read More…]

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Pootaardappelen: Rusland verzacht sancties, uit puur eigenbelang

Rusland heeft enkele producten van de sanctielijst gehaald. Pootaardappelen, lactose-vrije melk, zaden en vitaminen zijn nu toch welkom. De herziening van de lijst van producten uit de Europese Unie, Australië, Noorwegen Canada en de VS die niet mogen worden geïmporteerd, werd bekend gemaakt door het Russische persbureau Itar-Tass. De producten die door de Russische regering van de lijst zijn gehaald,[Read[Read More…]

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