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US fries are a go-to for innovation

The United States Potato Board (USPB) works with editors on an ongoing basis to secure potato-related placements to produce excitement for potatoes at foodservice. These foodservice facing communications range from photos, to recipes and interviews in key industry publications. The most recent insertion was in Flavor & the Menu’s September/October issue. This is one of the first times a US[Read More…]

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Bretagne Plants a la patate

Groupement des producteurs de plants de pommes de terre bretons à vocation technique, scientifique et économique, Bretagne Plants poursuit son développement avec l’entrée de 5 variétés dans son catalogue, ainsi que l’ouverture de nouveaux laboratoires à Hanvec (Finistère). « Pour la première fois, on a franchi le seuil des 50.000 tonnes de plants », s’enthousiasme Dominique Morvan, Président de Bretagne[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston shows “Seeing possibilities” at Anuga food fair

Lamb Weston has chosen international food fair Anuga in Cologne, Germany, to present “Seeing possibilities” with a view to inspire menus worldwide. Chefs will offer visitors working in the food industry new solutions how to serve potato products in an inventive way. Lamb Weston takes pride in trying to see all the possibilities available related to potato processing. It invented the water[Read More…]

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Discover consumers’ view on food and shopping at Potato Expo 2016

What do consumers think about potatoes? Based on results from a national survey of consumers conducted exclusively for Potato Expo, Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru and popular speaker at the Expo, will share findings that reveal consumer attitudes about potato taste, variety, nutrition, and preparation. In addition, he will offer insights on how the industry can capitalize on opportunities across generations-from Baby[Read More…]

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GenNext Researchers: Amanda Gevens

As the next generation of growers become leaders and decision makers in their own operations, they won’t have to make those decisions on their own. There’s also a whole new generation of experts focused on the research needed to combat today’s (and tomorrow’s) challenges in the field and the orchard. Amanda Gevens is Associate Professor & Extension Specialist in Potato and[Read More…]

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Nederlandse teler helpt Rwandese aardappeltelers

Akkerbouwer Henk Scheele uit de Hoekse Waard zet zijn kennis en ervaring in om aardappeltelers in Rwanda vooruit te helpen. Onder andere met de opzet van een chipsfabriek. Na wat opstartproblemen draait de kleinschalige chipsfabriek in het noordwesten van Rwanda overuren. Er zijn inmiddels tien mensen in de fabriek aan het werk. De zakjes Winnaz-chips zijn in de supermarkten in[Read More…]

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Canada: Earthfresh innovates potato retail sector with Celebratoes

Last year, Canadian potato packer EarthFresh launched Celebratoes, fresh baby potatoes along with a seasoning pack and are now available in a recyclable three-in-one cooking tray. EarthFresh grows potatoes on its own farm in Ontario and sources from other local farmers who grow EarthFresh’s exclusive varieties. In addition to growing locally, the company sources potatoes across Canada as well as[Read More…]

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Are hybrid potato seeds the future?

Hybrid potatoes are piquing the interests of people both within and outside the potato sector. A hybrid combines the best of two systems in order to maximize performance. In the same way that a hybrid car achieves maximum horsepower by using the electric and the diesel engine, two specially developed parent lines create a strong and high-performance variety when crossed.[Read More…]

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McDonald’s has ‘no plans’ to source potatoes from Ireland

McDonald’s Ireland has no plans to source potatoes from Ireland at this time, a spokesperson from McDonald’s has confirmed. Recently, McDonald’s UK announced that the only potatoes it will use for its fries will be UK potatoes. The move will make McDonald’s one of the largest buyers of UK potatoes through supplier McCain Foods and Lamb Weston. McDonald’s Ireland sources its potatoes from supplier[Read More…]

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GAIN Report on China’s potatoes and potato products released

The Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) of the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) released its latest report, entitled “China – Potatoes and Potato Products Annual”. In the report the authors note that China was boosting its potato production and consumption to transform the crop into the country’s fourth major “grain”: after rice, wheat and corn, planning to expand potato acreage to[Read More…]

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Italy: First chips that do not absorb oil

Skinless potatoes fry in just 25 seconds whereas those with skin need 50 seconds – these are the new potato slices that do not absorb oil! The Distretto tecnologico agroalimentare della Regione Puglia (DARe) of the Puglia region combined the needs of private companies with the findings of researchers to create this new product. Potatoes will be processed by Farris, part of[Read More…]

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Wageningen zet GMO-aardappelonderzoek stop

De landbouwuniversiteit van Wageningen heeft voorlopig geen middelen meer om onderzoek te doen naar genetisch gewijzigde aardappelrassen die resistent zijn tegen de aardappelziekte (Phytophthora). Dat raakte begin deze week bekend. Tien jaar lang werkte Wageningen UR aan het onderzoeksprogramma DuRPh (Duurzame Resistentie Phytophthora), maar de Nederlandse overheid De Nederlandse overheid stak gedurende tien jaar 10 miljoen euro in het DuRPh-project.[Read More…]

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Western Australia potato battle heads to court after negotiations fail

Western Australia’s potato wars have landed in court, after the state’s all-powerful potato regulator and its biggest grower failed to come to terms. The Potato Marketing Corporation (PMC) and Tony Galati, the self-styled “rebel” grower and founder of grocery chain Spudshed, were listed for a directions hearing at the supreme court on Thursday, after the former made good on its[Read More…]

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New lightweight conveyor belt for potato processing

Cambridge Engineered Solutions has introduced PacLite, a new lighter weight, flatwire conveyor belt with variable openings that is ideally suited for potato rock traps. Manufactured using a new proprietary process developed by the company’s engineers, PacLite is 30-50 percent stronger than a standard flatwire belt and weighs 10 percent less than its predecessor, PacTitan®. “Since our inception, Cambridge has excelled at working[Read More…]

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UK: Potato-powered energy plant goes live

A potato-powered energy plant has gone live in Carlisle as food manufacturing giant 2 Sisters Food Group launches a new sustainability plan that aims to generate 35,000 tonnes of carbon savings per year and slash the group’s carbon footprint. The new bio-refinery at 2 Sisters’ Cavaghan and Gray chilled food factory in Cumbria is the first waste-powered plant of its[Read More…]

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Half-baked? Why Australia is getting a raw deal on potatoes

Why does a British supermarket sell around twice as many types of potato as the Australian equivalent at any one time, while relying on specific varieties rather than made-up brands? The experts agree that it’s partly because, unlike residents in many parts of Europe, Australians haven’t been adequately educated about the spud and its many varieties. “There are hundreds of[Read More…]

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Lower yield and quality will determine potato market in the Netherlands, says farmer association

The Dutch Association of Arable Farmers of (VTA) has completed their annual assessment of the potato yield in the Netherlands for mid-September, following their standard measurement protocols in place since 2001. The average yield measured was 53.622 kg per hectare. This is 8% lower than last year and on par with the 5-year average. Taking into account this year’s reduced acreage[Read More…]

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Groot contrast in Duitse aardappelopbrengst

Ondanks dat Duitsland deze zomer flink getroffen werd door droogte is de aardappelopbrengst niet overal slecht. In deelstaat Nedersaksen wordt een gemiddelde opbrengst van 47,2 ton per hectare verwacht. Een stijging van 4,5 procent ten opzichte van het zesjarig gemiddelde. Veelvuldig beregenen heeft daarvoor gezorgd. De landelijke verschillen zijn echter groot. Zo wordt in Beieren slechts 35 ton/ha gerooid. Met een[Read More…]

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Idahoan Foods ‘simmers up’ new soup line and unveils on-the-go snack solution

Starting this month, lovers of hearty soups will have a new option with the introduction of Idahoan Steakhouse Potato Soup: an Idahoan Foods first-ever soup line. Real potatoes from Idaho are in every spoonful of these new soup flavors. Additionally, younger palates will find some of their favorite bold flavors in the new Idahoan Fully Loaded Mashed products. This collection comes in[Read More…]

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Nieuwe bewaarmethode HZPC: Onweer in bewaring houdt pootgoed ziektevrij

HZPC gaat in samenwerking met een aantal partijen praktijkonderzoek doen naar een nieuwe bewaarmethode voor pootgoed. Met behulp van ionisatie moeten partijen vrij gehouden worden van ziektes. De eerste resultaten zien er veelbelovend uit. De techniek heeft geen nadelig effect op de kwaliteit of kiemkracht van het pootgoed. Ionisatie zorgt ervoor dat vuil wordt afgebroken zonder dat schadelijk restproduct achterblijft. Ionisatie is vergelijkbaar met[Read More…]

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McDonald’s pledges to spend £79m on British potatoes

The potato industry is to get a £9m boost after McDonald’s UK said 100% of its French fries are now made from British potatoes. About 87% of the company’s fries were made from British potatoes last year, totalling about £70m and the move to 100% British represents an additional £9m. The fast-food giant’s hash browns and potato rosti are now 100% British as well,[Read More…]

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Kartoffelernte 2015: Nur Durchschnitt

Das Jahr 2015 hatte es wettertechnisch in sich: Trockenheit, Hitze, Starkregen, Hagel – von jedem etwas, meist zu einer ungünstigen Zeit und regional unterschiedlich intensiv –Für die Kartoffelanbauer eine Herausforderung. Dennoch, so wurde auf der 64. Internationalen Kartoffel-Herbstbörse konstatiert, werden auch 2015/16 ausreichend Kartoffeln für alle Verwendungszwecke zur Verfügung stehen. Nach Mitteilung des Bundesministeriums für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft wurden im[Read More…]

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Crunch time for Western Australian potato growers with crisp manufacturing plant set to close

Western Australian potato growers are shell-shocked after being informed the Smith’s Snackfood Company will close the doors on its Canning Vale crisp manufacturing plant next year. About a dozen WA potato growers in Busselton, Myalup, Dandaragan, Gingin, Manjimup and Pemberton supply 12,000 tonnes of potatoes to the factory, which is worth about $5 million to growers each year. The closure follows a[Read More…]

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