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Vrije aardappelmarkt presteert onder verwachting

Voor de aardappelmarkt worden regelmatig prognoses gedaan, die niet altijd uitkomen. “Dit seizoen is het aandeel contracten toch groter dan velen tot nu toe hadden ingeschat”, vertelt Romain Cools van Belgapom. “Het is immers anders niet te verklaren dat de Belgische aardappelverwerkende industrie op hoog toerental heeft blijven draaien zonder dat de vrije markt is aangezwengeld de voorbije maanden.” Hij[Read More…]

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US: Black Gold is REDucating consumers on red potatoes

“We are really excited about our 2016 consumer focus showing that red potatoes can be a show stopper,” said Leah Brakke of Black Gold Farms. “REDucation” is the promotion’s theme offered by Brakke, who is the firm’s marketing and key account manager. Retailers and consumers are targeted in Black Gold’s 2016 red potato promotion. “This will run throughout the year. We will[Read More…]

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La NASA experimenta con patatas en Marte

Un equipo de la NASA y del Centro Internacional de la Papa, con sede en Perú, planean cultivar patatas en la Tierra en condiciones similares a las de Marte, con el objetivo de, llegado el momento, construir una cúpula controlada en Marte capaz de cultivar este antiguo cultivo, informa El proyecto también pretende destacar el papel de las patatas[Read More…]

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Potandon keeps potato pipeline well stocked

The shipping season is in full swing for Potandon Produce LLC, headquartered in Idaho Falls, ID. Ralph Schwartz, vice president of marketing and innovation, said the company is moving a full complement of premium potatoes from Idaho, including Burbank and Norkotah russets, reds, Klondike Rose, Klondike Royale and Klondike Goldust. “We are also shipping russets, reds, whites and yellows from Washington,[Read More…]

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UK: Potato growers urged to help with irrigation survey

Potato and vegetable growers are being urged to take part in a crucial AHDB water use survey to generate robust data showing how they could be affected by forthcoming changes in water abstraction rules for crop irrigation. With changes due to be implemented over the next four years, AHDB’s Horticulture and Potato divisions are concerned that growers may not have[Read More…]

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Here’s how MacDonalds makes its famous fries

“I know what you’re thinking,” says MythBusters co-host Grant Imahara, standing in front of a conveyer belt chugging out French fires. “These look like potatoes, but are they really potatoes?” It’s the question nearly everyone finds themselves asking about McDonald’s world famous French fires. Well as part of McDonald’s 2015 ‘honesty is the best policy’ marketing campaign, their customers got[Read More…]

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Agristo bat le record du plus haut entrepôt frigorifique automatisé du Benelux

Agristo, spécialiste belge des produits surgelés pré-frits à base de pommes de terre, fait construire, à Nazareth, en Flandre orientale, un bâtiment de 44 mètres  de hauteur. Équipé de 8 transtockeurs, le site aura capacité de stockage de 24 000 palettes. La PME belge Agristo ne connaît pas la crise. Spécialisée dans la fabrication de produits surgelés pré-frits à base[Read More…]

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Canada: Covered Bridge Potato Chips workers stage strike

Unionized employees at Covered Bridge Potato Chips near Hartland in New Brunswick have walked out and are now on strike to back demands for a first contract with the company. The 32 members of United Food and Commerical Workers Local 1288P have been in a legal strike position since June. About 16 union members are picketing outside the company’s factory in Hartland. New Brunswick[Read More…]

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Washington/Oregon Potato Conference a mainline event

This year the Washington/Oregon Potato Conference will be held Jan. 26-28 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA. In all, more than 2,000 growers, suppliers, researchers and other interested parties are expected to attend the conference. “The Washington/Oregon Potato Conference continues to be the premier event for the potato industry in the Northwest,” said Ryan Holterhoff, director of marketing[Read More…]

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Kartoffelprofis werben online für ihr Erzeugnis

Die Kartoffel gehört zu den wichtigsten Grundnahrungsmitteln weltweit und ist in Deutschland seit Jahrhunderten fester Bestandteil der Esskultur. Mit einer neuen Kampagne will die Kartoffel Marketing GmbH (KMG) nun vor allem jüngere Menschen für die Kartoffel begeistern und zeigen, dass in der Knolle viel mehr als nur eine Sättigungsbeilage steckt. Entdecke ihre Stärke! Mit diesem Aufruf lädt die KMG Verbraucher dazu[Read More…]

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North America: Potato expo returns to Charlottetown in February

The International Potato Technology Expo, North America’s leading potato event, returns to the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Feb. 26-27. This biennial event welcomes potato growers, together with the leading manufacturers of equipment and product solutions from across the Maritimes and beyond. Visitors will find a wide-ranging collection of the newest, most innovative products on today’s market including harvesters, sprayers,[Read More…]

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Researchers test chemicals, methods to fight potato diseases

At one end of the Miller Research building, potatoes were tossed into a large container, making a curt thud. The smell of the starchy crop filled the 5,000-square-foot warehouse. As founder Terry Miller tossed potatoes — some diseased — into the container, support scientist Mark O’Brien sorted through others on a table, grading them per U.S. Department of Agriculture standard. The two[Read More…]

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Scottish potato company boss reaps £4m pay cheque

The chief of Scotland’s largest tattie processor raked in more than £4million last year. Accounts for Airdrie-based Bartlett International Holdings reveal the firm’s sole director, Ronnie Bartlett, took home a pay cheque of £1,036,568 and a dividend of £3.06 million for the year ending May 31, 2015. This compares to pay of £977,270 and a dividend of £2.16 million the year[Read More…]

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US: Russians come to York during Cold War to check out potato chips

This clipping from the York County Heritage Trust files shows that during the height of the cold war Russian officials were interested in, of all things, York County potato chips. The December 5, 1959 item from the Gazette and Daily reports: Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Trade and Agriculture visited two potato chip manufacturing firms in York yesterday and impressed[Read More…]

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US: The world’s largest McDonald’s is now closed

McDonald’s lost its biggest restaurant in the world last night. Which sounds like a sad thing, to folks who value size and fried potato shapes, probably, but don’t fret — an even larger location is in the works. The famous French fry-box-shaped McDonalds in Orange County, Florida shut its doors permanently at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported. It’s reportedly[Read More…]

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Pérou: Le seigneur des patates

A 4000 mètres d’altitude dans les Andes, un paysan péruvien redonne vie à une infinie variété de pommes de terre que ses ancêtres quechuas avaient mis des siècles à créer. Reportage aux origines d’un aliment qui a sauvé le monde. Julio Hancco est un paysan des Andes qui cultive trois cents variétés de pommes de terre. Il appelle chacune d’entre[Read More…]

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Canada: Federal and Manitoba governments invest in potato processing plant

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn have announced a new investment of nearly $380,000 for a potato processing plant in Carberry, Manitoba. The federal and Manitoba governments’ investment, provided under Manitoba’sGrowing Forward 2 Growing Value program, will be used to install new and innovative equipment at the McCain Foods Canada’s facility –[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Conference aims to boost leader attendance

Organizers of the 48th Annual Idaho Potato Conference, which will be hosted Jan. 20-21, anticipate far fewer empty seats in the Pond Student Union auditorium when industry leaders speak at their upcoming event. Top spud officials come to the Idaho State University campus from Washington, D.C., Denver and Eagle, Idaho, for the opportunity to update growers, shippers and others involved[Read More…]

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Author, scientist inspired by Martian spud research

As a retired potato seed pathologist who also writes science fiction novels, Phil Nolte will pay close attention when NASA and the International Potato Center seek to prove the plausibility of growing potatoes on Mars. The experiment could help validate a central theme in one of Nolte’s favorite books, The Martian, by Andy Weir, which brought the concept of raising spuds[Read More…]

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New Zealand: Proper Crisps – a dietitian’s analysis

Are these chips really ‘Sunshine in a Bag’ as they are promoted? The philosophy at Proper Crisps is all about keeping it natural and simple to produce “truly outstanding” crisps. These are called “crisps” instead of “chips” to make the distinction between hand cooked crisps and mass produced chips. Proper Crisps are 100 per cent natural and the entire artisan selection[Read More…]

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Healthy Food Guide: Medicinal value of potatoes, finally revealed

Here is a food guide to show you the hidden medicinal value of potatoes. Potatoes contains vitamin A, vitamin B complex – including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid; it also contains mineral salts related to the local soil, including sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, copper, sulfur; plus, it also contains lipids. Potato is a good body-building food and[Read More…]

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Climate change, booming potato chip market threaten Idaho potato harvest

As Idaho prepares to embrace its potato state stereotype by dropping a giant spud in front of the Statehouse on New Year’s Eve, Gem State farmers are expressing serious concern about the fate of Idaho potato crops in 2016. According to the Idaho Department of Agriculture, more than 131 million units of potatoes were harvested across 316,000 acres of Idaho farmland[Read More…]

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