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Netherlands: tna aquires food processing specialist Florigo

tna has announced the acquisition of food processing specialist Florigo International B.V., providing the company with access to Florigo’s range of continuous snack and French fry lines. Their technology includes patented continuous vacuum frying lines, French fry lines, multi zone fryers and technology to reduce acrylamide formation.

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Lamb Weston / Meijer veröffentlicht Ergebnisse seines Nachhaltigkeitsprogramms

Lamb Weston / Meijer, der führende Hersteller von Tiefkühlkartoffelprodukten und getrockneten Kartoffelflocken, veröffentlichte heute seinen mittlerweile dritten Nachhaltigkeitsbericht. Der Report unterstreicht den deutlichen Fortschritt des Nachhaltigkeitsprogramms des Unternehmens zwischen 2012 und 2014 in jedem Teil der Wertschöpfungskette, vom Feld bis auf den Tisch.

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US: Tomorrow’s industry leaders are trained at 2015 Potato Industry Leadership Institute

The Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) Class of 2015 included twenty-seven potato growers and industry representatives, who will be trained as the next generation of industry leaders. The annual program is administered by the National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) and identifies and trains the next generation of industry leaders. From February 18-25, PILI participants[Read More…]

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Potato consumption in Western Australia grows

Potato growers in Western Australia have invested heavily in a potato marketing program aimed at stopping the decline in consumption per capita of fresh potatoes. Independent research had shown that potato consumption in Western Australia had dropped from 25 kilos / capita to less than 20 kilos / capita (from 2002 – 2012). Faced with a declining industry, the growers[Read More…]

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US: Potandon Produce celebrates 20 years

March 1 marked 20 years of business for Potandon LLC, one of the larger marketers of fresh potatoes and onions in North America. Today Potandon Produce is the sole provider of potato and onion products for Green Giant Fresh. It also grows products for “Klondike Brands,” “Sunfresh,” “Potandon Produce” and “The Valley” labels. Potandon, sometimes a tongue twister, clearly states[Read More…]

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US Potato Board hires research director

The U.S. Potato Board has hired its first-ever director of research and analysis. Ryan Krabill, who worked most recently as senior director of legislative and regulatory affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based National Potato Council, will join the Denver-based board April 1, according to a news release. Krabill’s work for the council included working with Congress and national and state-level potato[Read More…]

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Plants de pomme de terre : respecter les mesures phytosanitaires (Fedepom, UNPT)

La Fedepom (Fédération française des négociants en pomme de terre) et l’UNPT (Union nationale des producteurs de pommes de terre) incitent, dans un communiqué du 3 mars, à « bien respecter les règles de l’accord interprofessionnel plant de ferme signé en mars 2014. » Cela concerne les producteurs de pommes de terre ayant l’intention de produire du plant de ferme[Read More…]

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India: Potato prices crash in Bengal on bumper crop

A bumper crop, coupled with weak demand from other States, has led to a free-fall in potatoes prices in West Bengal. The eastern State is the second largest potato producer after Uttar Pradesh. About 40 per cent of the total production is exported to other States. According to sources, potato production in the State is expected to touch 110 lakh[Read More…]

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Australia: Potato row boiling as Nick Tana eyes market

One of the nation’s biggest vegetable producers, Perth businessman Nick Tana, is set to reignite the debate over Western Australia’s controversial potato laws, threatening to take the state government to court if it rejects his application to enter the highly regulated market. The Australian can reveal that Mr Tana, whose personal fortune is estimated at $250 million, has applied to[Read More…]

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Giftige aardappel bestrijdt zelf de coloradokever

Door het bladgroen van de aardappelplant giftig te maken is het Duitse wetenschappers gelukt coloradokevers op deze manier te bestrijden. Dat hebben ze gedaan door genetische modificatie toe te passen. Deze techniek werkt nu alleen nog op het kevertje, maar in de toekomst hopelijk ook voor andere insecten. Door aan het DNA van bladgroenkorrels in de aardappelplant te sleutelen is[Read More…]

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US growers stand up for potatoes on Capitol Hill

On February 23-26, NPC hosted the 2015 Potato D.C. Fly-In, where more than 150 U.S. potato growers and industry partners from across the country came to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the industry’s most pressing federal policy priorities. Growers blanketed Capitol Hill, meeting with 136 U.S. Senate and House offices representing 22 states and met with federal regulators at the[Read More…]

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British potato growers visit continent

Last week, the British Potato Council, in conjunction with the NEPG (North Western European Potato Growers), organized a four-day study trip for British potato growers. The purpose was to compare factors such as production cost and prices among the 5 NEPG countries visited –  France, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Belgium. The processing industry took centre stage. In addition[Read More…]

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US: The secretive snack company that Warren Buffett loves

Now that the world’s top investor has confessed his love for Utz, America’s largest privately-held snack maker is letting the secrets of its success out of the bag. It’s hardly surprising that Buffett, who eats Utz Potato Stix as if a famine could imminently wipe out the world’s potato supply, has considered buying the company that sells them. Founded in[Read More…]

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Année noire pour les producteurs de pommes de terre

Les producteurs de pommes de terre peinent à trouver des acheteurs, après une très bonne récolte, cette année. La situation devient très critique pour les producteurs de pommes de terre. Alors que la récolte a été excellente, les récoltants peinent aussi à écouler leur stock. Les prix, eux, s’effondrent. “La nature a été extrêmement généreuse donc on a des rendements[Read More…]

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The strangest McDonald’s menus around the world revealed

Malaysia has its Prosperity Burger, the Indians tuck into McCurry Pan and in Israel there’s the ever-popular McKebab. And now McDonald’s has a new, rather decadent addition to its South Korean restaurant menu – Honey Butter French Fries. It’s the latest international addition to the Golden Arches’ ever-evolving foreign offerings. China, Taiwan and Hong Kong take the the Ying-Yang vibe[Read More…]

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Bio-injection system goes straight into the potato ridge

Cambridgeshire firm Standen Engineering is offering a bio-injection system for potatoes through specialist contractor and machinery manufacturer Target Set Technology. Called Side Ridge Injection (SRI), it allows bio-products, nutrients and fertiliser to be injected at 8-10bar pressures directly to the roots of growing potato plants through profiled injectors. The company says that potato cyst nematodes can be controlled by injecting[Read More…]

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Aviko partners with Rooster Piri Piri

Potato specialist Aviko has partnered with UK quick-service casual dining chain Roosters Piri Piri, which offers ethnic and free-from menus. Roosters Piri Piri is a chain of casual dining, quick-service and takeaway restaurants. You can find the restaurants in London and around the South East of England, although they are expanding throughout the United Kingdom. They have 18 years experience[Read More…]

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Canada: Potato tampering investigation ongoing

The investigation into a food tampering case involving sewing needles inserted into potatoes is still active, reports Prince Edward Island RCMP spokesperson, Sgt. Leanne Butler. The investigation has determined the potatoes have originated from two Prince Edward Island farms, but questions about when and how they were inserted, and by whom, remain unanswered. Butler said the RCMP is still waiting[Read More…]

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Idaho seed growers exceed ring rot program requirements

Many Idaho commercial and seed potato growers weren’t content to simply meet the minimum requirements of a newly mandated test for bacterial ring rot. Under the Idaho Crop Improvement Association’s new ring rot program, certified seed beginning with generation one must undergo advanced laboratory testing at a 200-tuber sample size for lots smaller than a tenth of an acre and[Read More…]

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Punjab: 10-15% potato crop feared damaged

About 10-15 per cent of still-to-be harvested potato crop is feared to have been damaged due to unseasonal rains accompanied by strong winds lashing the northern region, Punjab potato growers said on Tuesday. Punjab is a major grower of seed potato crop and has almost five to seven per cent share in country`s total potato production. According to potato growers,[Read More…]

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Fit in den Frühling: Kartoffel-Ei-Diät hilft Nierenpatienten

Vor einigen Jahren gab es noch besondere Diätempfehlungen, wie zum Beispiel eine extra Diabetikerkost. Dafür wurden sogar spezielle Lebensmittel – sei es Schokolade, Marmelade oder Joghurtsorten – hergestellt. Heute gilt für die meisten Erkrankungen allerdings: Ernähren sie sich gesund und ausgewogen. Denn das ist das Beste, was wir für unseren Körper machen können. Jedoch gibt es noch für schwere Erkrankungen[Read More…]

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India: Ultra modern Potato Centre for Excellence to be developed in Jalandhar

Punjab is all set to establish an ultra modern Potato Centre of Excellence in the village Dhogri in Jalandhar district, which would become the epicentre of this potato seed production region. The centre would be developed under the auspices of an Indo-Dutch joint agriculture workgroup with a focus on quality seed potato, suitable farm mechanisation, and proper disease management technologies[Read More…]

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UK: Corkers Crisps named Potato Grower of the Year

The proverb “two heads are better than one” has certainly proved to be true for best friends and owners of Corkers Crisps, Rod Garnham and Ross Taylor. Four years ago, the duo emptied their piggy banks and used every bit of cash they had to set up the firm. The company is unique in that it only produces crisps made[Read More…]

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Washington potato commission hires entomologist

The Washington State Potato Commission has hired a new director of industry outreach. In the role, Matthew Blua, an entomologist, will provide technical advice and assistance to the industry on pest and plant diagnostics, food safety and sustainability programs, according to a news release. 

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